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Abraham Afewerki performs Semai/Fishikta Ameley in Sawa.

I’ve been to Eritrean concerts before even American ones and I have yet to see a crowd that gets so emotional and hype, at the same time, all for one person and their extremely meaningful lyrics/existence. I truly wish I could’ve seen Abraham Afewerki perform live at least once in my life

Ribka Sibhatu

Is a poet from Eritrea who writes in Italian.

Ribka Sibhatu writes in Tigrinya and Italian. Born in Asmara, Eritrea, in 1962, she was imprisoned for a year in 1979 and then fled the country in 1980. Travelling first to Ethiopia and then to France, Ribka Sibhatu moved to Italy in 1996 and settled in Rome, where she has lived ever since. She holds a Ph. D in communication studies from Rome’s La Sapienza. 

Ribka Sibhatu’s first published work was Aulò! Canto Poesia dall’Eritrea(Sinnos, 1993), a collection of lyrics and prose poems originally written in Tigrinya and translated by the author into Italian. This bilingual meditation on her past life in Eritrea and subsequent experience as a migrant was followed in 1999 by Il Cittadino che non c’è. L’immigrazione nei media Italiani (EdUP): a sociological look at the Italian media’s coverage of immigrant communities. Ribka Sibhatu speaks five languages and currently works as a social mediator for the city council, focusing on improving inter-cultural relations in state schools.

http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poets/ribka_sibhatu_

We need to avoid pretension, trying to be someone else, and looking down on others, to take yourself too seriously and show off. We need to respect professionalism and avoid disrespecting the profession. Others are gossiping, jealousy, instead of fighting them, following the negative values for personal gains. I believe everybody, including me, should avoid these bad traits.
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Eritrea’s top rider, a 23-year-old named Natnael Berhane, has already come close to making history. Although the Tour de France has seen several Algerian, Moroccan, and white South African riders, and counts Chris Froome, a Kenyan-born, South Africa-raised Brit, as its defending champion, no black African rider has ever competed in cycling’s premier event.

Berhane—a member of the Paris-based Team Europcar, and an alumnus of the same Vendée-U feeder squad that Uwizeyimana now rides for—has excelled,winning the 2013 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey and the 2014 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon. Although he was not named to Europcar’s nine-man 2014 Tour de France roster, chances are high that he will make the squad in coming years.

Reesom Haile is Eritrea’s best known poet, especially internationally. A poet and scholar with a Ph.D. in Media & Communications from NYU, Haile returned to Eritrea in 1994 after exile that included teaching and lecturing in western universities and working for international NGOs. His first collection of Tigrinya poetry, Waza ms Qum Neger nTensae Hager (Asmara: Francescana Printing, 1997), won the 1998 Raimok prize, Eritrea’s highest prize for literature. His other books of poetry include We Have Our Voice (Trenton and Asmara: Red Sea Press, 2000; translations by Charles Cantalupo) and We Invented the Wheel (Trenton and Asmara: Red Sea Press; translations by Charles Cantalupo). He died in 2003.

http://www.percontra.net/archive/13contributors.htm

National as well as international critical acclaim has established Reesom Haile as Eritrea’s national poet.

….who’s written over 2000 poems in Tigrinya, one of Eritrea’s principal languages

http://www.lovehabibi.com/blog/2010/01/08/for-the-love-of-love-reesom-haile-eritreas-poet-laureate/

In Amiri Baraka’s words, “Reesom Haile’s spare poetic line carries the weight of incisive image, narrative clarity, irony plus a droll humor that speaks ever after you finished reading.” For Carole Boyce Davies, “Reesom Haile offers poetry that is at once sensual and seductive, wise and politically clever, full of wonderful surprises. His poems communicate the author’s deep love for life, his country, absolute freedom and the magic of the word.” In Bob Holman’s judgement, “Reesom Haile is Poet Laureate of Eritrea in the only way possible: elected by the people in the streets. His countrymen & women know and love his poems by heart, shout them back at him, confront him as if literature might walk, and breathe, and engage as life always engages in Asmara, shoulder to shoulder and lip to ear. How’s that sound? is not a question here, because language and music and the great script Ge’ez all resonate full body.”

http://www.drunkenboat.com/db3/haile/haile.html