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Teddy Afro and His Holy War Remark

Published: Dec 13, 2013 Filed under: Ethiopian News Views: 11,986
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Last week witnessed an interesting turn of events surrounding an alleged comment artist Teddy Afro gave to the Enqu magazine in an exclusive interview.Enqu magazine's cover quoting Teddy Afro as saying 'For me, Menilik's unification campaign was a Holy War' - (Ethiopia).


The first soft copy version of the magazine quoted the singer saying: ‘For me, Menelik's unification campaign was a Holy War'.

The cover carrying the above comment was distributed by the editors of magazine through their email database. That led to an uproar of anger and criticism on the already controversial Teddy .

Later on, another cover of the hard copy emerged with a completely different header – where Teddy emphasizes his trademark rhetoric of – ‘understating history and the past to create the future' (not a direct translation).

Then some groups who kept quite or defended Teddy on the first comment started bashing the Teddy critiques. They claimed that it was a conspiracy to destroy the good name and will of the singer. Some claimed that it was a Photoshop.

Subsequently, another revelation surfaced.

The editors of the Enqu magazine sent an apology letter to their subscribers explaining that it was all a ‘technical' error and claimed Teddy did not make the ‘Crusade' remark.

That is where things stand so far as far as I am informed.

What do I make of the saga?

First, I have worked in the print media at least for three years and understand the basic and simple procedures of publication, especially the front page approval process.

I can claim boldly that the cover page was not distributed without the approval of the managing editor, editor-in-chief or other high ranking person in the magazine. It could not be a technical error that slipped through. That raises the possibility that the editorial team agreed to send it through but later decided to alter it.


Second, Teddy Afro is very capable of making such comments.

His unreserved love and appreciation for Menelik, his unexamined and narrow knowledge of history, and the existence of a fan base that swallows whatever comes out of him without chewing are the three most points that facilitate such a statement.

I was as usual disappointed by the people who said nothing about the ignorant and insensitive comment (even at the time it was sure that he said it) or those who even tried to defend it. Shame on You.

Teddy's preaching on peace, love and unity is a uninformed, shallow and naive. There can't be love without truth. And at this moment he doesn't look like he is able or willing to face the truth and preach it.

I restrain myself from commenting on such incidents, but I am forced to do so now because of his huge following the unimaginable hypocrisy of people who preach love and unity.

It is sad that our debates and discussions are not informed and is initiated by a confused and mis/uninformed singer.

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By Hallelujah Lulie | dailyethiopia.com
* The author Hallelujah Lulie is a researcher at Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and a guest writer on this blog (Daniel Berane).

Here is the Full Enku Magazine Interview in Amharic



The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, DireTube.com or Refresh Media P.L.C.

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  1. ruhaye
    ruhaye
    9 months, 1 week ago

    UGH I HATE THIS GUY SO MUCH.
  2. the ethiopia
    the ethiopia
    9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Teddy is some body who simply shout with silly mind. He has a good tongue with poor mind+++++++
  3. Chaltu Demboba
    Chaltu Demboba
    10 months, 2 weeks ago

    what it tells me we Oromos really losing a confidence as a human bing we are fighting with a person who was died 100 years ago. We better to fight alive Mafiya group who put in Jail 75% of Oromo. It shouldn't matter to all Oromo what this singer said, it should matter our own people who suffering in Jail Oromo people are killed every day by Our own Tribe on our land at this time, today, right now
  4. tedDDSD
    tedDDSD
    10 months, 2 weeks ago

    long live tedy afro u always perfect.koy min atefa enfaker selale, selamin selesebeke , kedro abatochachen bego begowen enewesed selale
  5. Lina
    Lina
    10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Yihe Hulu ajuza Ethiopia wust?? Betam yasaznal mn teamr tefetro new endezi afachun emtkeftut ? Lemelkam neger bihon bitlemenu atgegnum gin lesdbna letlacha andegna nachu . Asafariwoch!!
  6. SABAAN BOON
    SABAAN BOON
    10 months, 4 weeks ago

    THE BLOODY HOLY WAR JOURNEY CONCERT TOUR "SPECIALLY IN OROMIA" DO YOU KNOW DEAR APOLOGY SEEKER WE ARE IN THE 21 ST CENTURY .ANY PUBLISHING IMPRIMARIES MAGAZINE BEFORE THEY GOT OUT TO THE PUBLIC ANY PUBLISHER CHECK IT WELL &,CORRECT AND LET IT LIVE TO THEIR VIEWER OR READERS.HE SAY SAYS IT KNOWINGLY NO DOUBT ,& will never happen its an illusion. Sorry for son MinilikIII
  7. Shashemene boyz
    Shashemene boyz
    10 months, 4 weeks ago

    we thought tedy is good guy,but he is some ***en shit,*** ignorant narrow minded little guy,*** minilik too,u don't know what he did on Oromo people.remember -Anoole,calaanqo,gulalle,,,,this concert is not gona happen,badalle factory-bullshit.
  8. kidu
    kidu
    10 months, 4 weeks ago

    he is *** and he knows little guys
  9. Alemu
    Alemu
    11 months ago

    Hallelujah Lulie researcher? Wow..what an ignorant immature...shame...ayi yichi ager
  10. Devil reincarnate
    Devil reincarnate
    11 months ago

    Both Menilik and Tedy Asafary are devil reincarnates. Don't try to teach out of your empty mind. Learn some history first.
  11. Addis high
    Addis high
    11 months, 1 week ago

    ሚኒልክ አንተ እንደምታስበው ሳይሆን የአለምን የፓለቲካ ርእዮት የቀየረ ጀግና የጥቁር ዘር ኩራት ነው ኤርትራዊ ስለሚኒሊክ አርቴፊሻል ታሪክ የነገረክን እየሰማክ በጭፍን ከምትጓዝ ልብክን ቀና አድርገህ ብታስተውል ከቅኝ ግዛት ባርነት የተከላከልህን መልካም ንጉስ ሁሌም ባመሰገንክ ነበር ሚኒልክ ጥቁር ነጭን እንዴት ማሸነፍ እንደሚችል ያስተማረ አንበሳ ነው እንዲህ ሆነ እንዲያ አረገ ተረት ተረት ነው ከአድዋ ተራራ ወርዶ ውጊያውን መቀጠል ያልቻለው ትጥቅም የሰው ሐይልም በበቂ ሁኔታ ስላልነበረው ምናልባት ከዛ በላይ ቢሄድ ስትራቴጂካሊ ለጣሊያን ጦር ቀላል ስለሚሆን እንጂ ስንዝር መሬት መስጠት ፈልጎ አልነበረም ነገር ግን ጣልያን ኤርትራውያንን ስለማይወዳችሁ ነው ብሎ ሰበካቸው እነሱም እስከዛሬ እውነት አርገው ተቀበሉ ከዛም ተመሳሳይ የውሸት ታሪክ በኢትዮጵያውያን ህዝቦች መሀከል አብዝተው ሰበኩ እውነት አርገው የተቀበሉ በውሸት ታሪክ ዛሬ ድረስ ቂም አርግዘው በልባቸው መርዝን ፀነሱ እውነታው ግን ሚኒልክ የስልጣኔ ኢንጅነር የፍቅርና አንድነት አስተማሪ ነበር። የመጀመሪያ ሆስፒታል፣ትምህርት ቤት፣ስልክ፣መብራት፣ኪና፣ ወፉጮ፣ባቡር፣ፓስታ ወዘተ እራሱ እየተማረ ያስተማረ፣ከጨለማ ወደ ብርሃን ያሸጋገረክ ዛሬ የምትኮራበትን ማንነትክን ያጎናፀፈክ ጥቁር ሰው ነው፣ አፍክን ከመክፈት ስለሱ ታሪክ ቢያንስ የውጭ የታሪክ አዋቂዎችን መዝገብ አገላብጥ ዘመኑ የወሬ ሳይሆን የኢንፎርሜሽን ነው አንብብ ሁልግዜም ፍቅርን እንጂ ጥላቻን አትስበክ
  12. Lata
    Lata
    11 months, 1 week ago

    Teddy Afro is an ignorant man who knows nothing about Minilik or his atrocities. What do you expect from uneducated man like him? He has this colonialist attitude daydreaming about Ethiopia's expansion to other countries. So whether people died atrociously or not to achieve his expansion attitude, he does not care.

    Such are all politicians of this country. Oromia shall be free!
  13. Bonaa
    Bonaa
    11 months, 1 week ago

    Shame on Teddy! he is not an artist rather he is simply ''bekeken''' ...he is always trying to reconfigure the past hegemony of one nation having homogeneous language, culture and identity. He does not believe in equality, justice and freedom. He has no knowledge of Ethiopian history ... every of his songs are based on hearsay.
  14. Alebel
    Alebel
    11 months, 1 week ago

    Better do your job just sing instead of saying anything of politics, if you do not know it, do not put your hand in everywhere should do only what you know it, we noted well you don't know anything except singing that is clear for all of us . anyway we are proud of you as artist.
  15. Bayu
    Bayu
    11 months, 1 week ago

    Azmariw terana denkorow teddy is about to die soon. The 17 merfe is no more a topic. He want to mention menilik and face a huge disaster on his music career. This is how you go down when you go up without truth. He is a fugget, he kills that poor boy, he want dollars and he doesn't want to talk the truth.
    If anybody cares, please tell him to go to school and study. He is one ignorant zefagn.
  16. Dani
    Dani
    11 months, 1 week ago

    So what? Teddy has an inalienable right to comment whatever he believes in. Leave alone Teddy who speak the fact, those revisionist like Sebhat Nega and the midgets Tigrians are commenting their cross-eyed opinion. "Michit yibelih amachachin"! Ajoha!
  17. fila man
    fila man
    11 months, 1 week ago

    am starting to hate this site it is baised n the writer also sucks he insult the only grt man who talks abt the only best leader whome ethiopia ever seen never see again ,,,,,,,,
  18. Ad
    Ad
    11 months, 1 week ago

    Come on guys, easy on Tedy. The guy is great. The only thing is that he is working hard for his 12th exam (I have learned). I will learn History 101 there after. He may believe that 'History can be fabricated just like his music lyrics, after being high.' LOL!!
  19. truth
    truth
    11 months, 1 week ago

    Teddy you are right !
  20. Amleset Dallas :)
    Amleset Dallas :)
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Teddy Afro equals looser lol who gives a shiznut abt this kururu kezi legetafo fit good for nothing greedy artist snaps :)
  21. “A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.”
    “A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.”
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    The newly woyane fed generation DANIEL BIRHANE et al ,as you were most probably under 5yrs old while woyane clinched to power it is quite hard for you guys to identify where lies the truth.you have grown up throught woyane's propoganda where u end up in being hyphenated intelectuals who shy away from telling the truth. i wonder the so called ISS is not the congolomerat of EFFORT.
  22. Great Tigray
    Great Tigray
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    What ever you said and what ever Tedy did he knows what he did!!so 98% people loves him n admire him!! He does have problem of fans. We Tigreans love u Tedy.. No one separate from us !! Shame on u haters.!!!
    .
  23. leba
    leba
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Go to hell Teddy you will find menilik there
  24. fool
    fool
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Tedfy please, go to school first. Before open your idiot mouth"
  25. Aregaw
    Aregaw
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hey, please stop writing in all-capital letters! Touch that CAP letter in ur far left. Teddy Afro .... ena? Enante gin selam nachu? Ene alew endetegulalaw. Mini-Lik beqa yitegnubet ... Mut judge atargu. Egnan aselchitachi min bewetachew Mini-Lik.
  26. fg
    fg
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Mark my words, Teddy will not be popular anymore as the old generation that praise intolerance are dying out. Teddy music is heard only in addis and few towns, other people don't know him exist. The only thing he is known for is he leaves by praising dead monsters.
  27. sosina
    sosina
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    who da f care hes not politician he is corney lame musician stealing music from his father because he is not creative and his father kived in old generation so of course teddy is *** in todays generation !!! clearly no one care
  28. 9x
    9x
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    CORRECTION ALL COMMENTS FROM BOTTOM TO TOP THANK YOU AGAIN!!!
  29. 9x
    9x
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    AND FINALLY BY TRUE LOVE, I MEAN LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOURS (MANKIND BRETHERNS) AS YOURSELVES IF POSSIBLE EVEN MORE THAN YOURSELVES THANK YOU !!! READ ALL COMMENTS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM !!!
  30. 9x
    9x
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    TRUE ETHIOPIANS AND WILL STILL UNITE US TO FULLY FEND FOR OURSELVES INSTEAD OF LOOKING TOWARDS THE WEST FOR ALMS AS BEGGARS AS LONG AS WE ARE WILLING TO STAND BEHIND EACH OTHER BASED ON LOVE, BECAUSE WHERE TRUE LOVE EXISTS TRUE HARMONY EXISTS AND TRUE BELIEF EXISTS AND IF TRUE BELIEF EXITS, GOD EXISTS WHO IS THE ONLY TRUE LIGHT OF THE NATION ''EMMA ETHIOPIA''!!!!!! READ ALL COMMENTS FROM TOP DOWN.
  31. 9x
    9x
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    WHERE IT WAS HISTORICALLY WITNESSED THAT THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE WERE BLESSED AND UNITED MORE THAN EVER TO WIN THE BATTLE, EHEH REMEMBER YE EGZHEABER WELETAN MINEW ERESANEW HEH YE TABOTE GOYRGISIN WELETA YEZENEGA HULITEGNA LIGENEZEB YEHEBAWAL I KNOW THERE WERE PATRIOTIC MUSLIMS AND OTHERS ALIKE IN THE BATTLE BUT GOD'S HOLY SHEILD AND ARM SERVED ALL AND DIDNOT BETRAY TRUE ETH..
  32. 9x
    9x
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    WHAT IS ENTAILED IN HIS MESSAGE IS NOT A CRUSADE WAR OR A JIHAD EQUIVALENT WAR OR MISSION, EHEH WHAT IS MEANT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LITERALLY BY WORD FOR WORD MEANING, ARE WE ALL ETHIOPIANS OR FOREIGNERS WHO GET AMAZED AT SUCH A COMMENT MADE BY AN ARTIST, THIS IS PURE AND OBVIOUS THE UNIFICATION BATTLE THAT WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE EMPEROR BECAME THE LEADING STAGE TO THE RESISTANCE BATTLE AT ADWA WHERE
  33. Gejjaw
    Gejjaw
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    There is nothing sensitivity or ignorance on Teddy's comment, if did actually...! We have a unified one Ethiopia because of Menilik...There is always war either to destroy or unite, that's the whole truth! This guys 'Hallelujah Lulie' think he is a researcher with such blind comments...you lack purity plus ur credibility is poor because u urself reflected how Shallow your thoughts are....@DireTub
  34. wow
    wow
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @gegemaw
    How many time u put comment. Semene melake yawotawale alu ewuneteme gegemaw.
  35. abe
    abe
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    just trash talk! None sense! Teddy has all right to say,to love or not to love anything like anyone of us! Teddy isn't a politician and his remark shouldn't be taken as such seriously! Follow poletician if you want to make such points,we have so many of them who do so many harm towards our communality! Say it or not,Teddy is great,you can't pick on him!
  36. Chombe
    Chombe
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I pretty much agree with the writer. I feel that he hasn't been the same guy since he was released from prison for whatever reason. He gave a very controversial and phony interview on EBStv last year' supposedly' wearing a warrior outfit from the Menelik era. Later on the same year he released "Tikur Sew" album which was by far the least favored album than his previous ones.
  37. Afro
    Afro
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Teddy is a business man. He know how to make money. He say anything to please the ignorant diaspora and take their money. If hasn't lionize Hailesilase and Minilik, he will not get attention by the media. He know what he sings and says are absolutely *** and wrong. But who care as far as he makes money. Don't forget he is just a singer!
  38. Airways
    Airways
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Duros ke Azmari min tetebeqal. Tsifewu yesetutin manbeb weyem mezfen newu. Ay chinqillat matat??????
  39. Seattle
    Seattle
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Gegemaw
    Thanks so much your clarification about Abraham Lincon. Some Muslims Oromos blame Emiye Minilik, so as to invade their area and kill by force but how about Gragne Mohammed? Did he propagate his religion peaceful or forceful? Answer for yourself.
  40. Sewnet
    Sewnet
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Teddy did not say this. This is EPRDF trying to set him up. Just like they did 4 years ago.

    To clarify things, you can ask him again on another interview.
  41. sami
    sami
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Working to creat one languge,one religon,one ethinc group means not unification ethiopia.ethiopia means not
    Amahara .singer is singer bullishit.amara preach day and night about minlik.b/s he represented work for them.
    The fact is he hated by majority.the past time will never come again.
  42. Kichew
    Kichew
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Be emeye minilek yemeta, be teddy yemeta, bayne bibilenu yemeta naw! Diretube shame on you for posting this as a news!!!
  43. Gegemaw
    Gegemaw
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Emiye Minilik is an inspirational leader to all black people. Stop this campaign of falsehood to taint his name. I love, admire and respect for what he has done to Ethiopia, Africa and everyone who was under the yoke of colonialism. Of course, he was not a perfect man and his decisions have not been popular by all. But, hey, let alone him even Jesus Christ didn't manage to attract everyone.Tx Tedy
  44. tadesse
    tadesse
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    The reason for all the mistakes that Teddy perpetrate are because he doesn't have firm principle, he follows his fans blindly so as not to loose them. What he always says is not because it is true but rather he wants to get personal approbation out of it. kebrebis.
  45. Agazi
    Agazi
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    The difference between Teddy Afro and Aste Menelik, Teddy married to Banda zer to satisfy weyane, menelik married to heroine woman Taytu
  46. Gegemaw
    Gegemaw
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Minilik's campaign btw was not even an expansion. He was simply restoring Ethiopia's territory that was invaded and taken by the migratory Oromos who took advantage of gragn ahmed's offensive in the seventeenth century. Of course, those who settled in Shewa have forged a good relationship with the existing state and its ruler,Minilik at the time, and played a central role in all his campaigns.Adwa
  47. Jemal
    Jemal
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Those ppl who are insulting Teddy, have they read his interview? or are they just blinded by hatred?. What a great interview! What an incredible intelligent man he is. Those who claim to be educated are by far ignorant. Keep it up teddy. Although it is a truth, don't be carried away/flattered by the good comments. Keep your head low and keep doing the good things that you are doing. Long live Tedi
  48. Gegemaw
    Gegemaw
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    How did Abrham Lincon unified the United States? He declared war and obliterated the Southerners. In the processes thousands have died. Throughout history, leaders have waged campaigns to both preserve and expand their territory. That is how all the major old countries like Ethiopia/Abyssinia have been founded. Why do you pseudo-intellectuals expect different from our King Emiye Minilik?
  49. Seattle
    Seattle
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Some years a go the number of planets in our solar system were 9. When many of us grow up, there were 9 planets in solar system but now that number is changed so do NASA blames the astronomer who had said 9? No, never blame the previous astronomers but NASA try to show the facts in computerize machine.
  50. Seattle
    Seattle
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    The human knowledge is not limited it is always developed. Minilik is our hero and he made the entire Ethiopian depends on his mental level 100 years ago maybe he made some error but "To Error is human" . It was dark time what do you expect from him? Democracy......? I think you should read the world history how the nation is made up of how many different parts.Some years a go the planets were 9
  51. abcde
    abcde
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    ena min yitebeselachu midre *** atinchachuben
  52. hawassa
    hawassa
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    well, I appreciate teddy's understanding of our history than the so called researcher who unloaded his long held rant against him. He sounded he has personal anguish with him. Why you called scholars opted to do scientific research and experimentation on the subject called HISTORY to satisfy your fantasy n try to impose on us.
  53. belew
    belew
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Teddy is trying to kowtow to his ' die hard' chauvinistic followers. The fact is the Menilik Era is a ' mixed bag' for whiie he ushered a new era of enlightment, one can't forget those hundreds of thousands who were massacred during the ' crusade'. Throwing away terms like ' crusade' is irresponsible and he should be cautious for he is not historian. His lack of English limited his knowledge
  54. Bechu
    Bechu
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Minilik said - I quote- “ጋላም ቢሆን ስው መግደል በህግ ያስቀጣል” unquote - Do you call that unification campaign?
  55. Teddros
    Teddros
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    ማንበብና መፃፍ ዋናዉ ቁምነገሩ
    I think Tedros Kasahun's main problem is 'education, education education'. Tedross knows nothing except singing. He should read more about our country's history ans also this guy speaks only one language that is Amharic which narrowed and limited his reading and information channel. ቴድሮስ አይዞሽ አለማወቅ ሃጥያት አይደለም: we can always help!
  56. Aregaw
    Aregaw
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Abo lekek areguta legun jib fit hula
  57. Mohammed
    Mohammed
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    ምን ድነው የሚቀባጥረው ይሄ አዝማሪ ?ገንዘብ ከእውቀት በፊት ሲመጣ እኮ ችግር ነው።አንዴ ሃይለስላሴ,አንዴ ጥቁር ሰው, አንዴ ባለ ቁምጣ ሱሪ። ምን ይጠበስልህ።ዝም ብለህ አትቀባጥር።ዝና ካላወቅክበት በሽታ ነው.
    U don't know anything about ethiopia. Menelik is the most *** king in the history of ethiopia.
  58. chileyano
    chileyano
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    of course Menilik Was a holly warier. His aim was clear. yes.. to create unified and strong Ethiopia. So Tedy afro is right Menilik was a holly warier !! long life foe Ethiopia.
  59. Joel
    Joel
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    It's inappropriate to pass an editorial comment (if that's what the above piece is) as an objective article. I think it would be helpful, if Diretube makes a clear distinction between the two in the header.
  60. Bella
    Bella
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Teddy, please stay out off politics before you get in trouble, you are a good performer and story teller but giving one on one interview about politician it will get you in trouble again!! Please live your life for you and your family now, you have beautiful wife and son to live for, so just make some good music and the politics for politicians!!!