Alemseged Tesfay in a sense is Eritra’s Chinua Achebe, born in 1944 in Adi Quala, Alemseged is widely known for his Historical Narratives, Novels, Essays and Dramas. Heavily influenced by the fact that he couldn’t find any Literature written by Eritreans in his studies abroad, Mr. Alemseged has in many ways than one, had dedicated his life to creating what he couldn’t find in his younger years as a student, Eritrean Literature, written by Eritrean. Alemseged’s most widely read book, Aynifelale, the first of what was going to be a three volume historical narrative of colonial Eritrea, a lifetime spent in perfecting a well-researched and documented History of Eritrea from 1941 to 1950- was first published in 2001. His first book, in my perspective, is rightly held as a modern Eritrean masterpiece. Alemseged in all his written master pieces showed, writing our history is a powerful tool in the fight to regain ‘what is ours, the Eritrean Identity!
The list of caves with prehistoric paintings in Eritrea exceeds more than 70, and, undoubtedly, some of them contain truly outstanding examples of art chronicles and are triumphing assets of Eritreans. Even though the true meaning of such drawings is not easily understood by ordinary people, they testify reflections of ancient and prehistoric settlements of early humans.
Soon after the rainy season, which we have had abundantly this year, there comes the harvesting season. And just before farmers get their hands full with all of the, tough but, happy field work to fill-up reaped crop enough to cover the family’s table for the whole year and much for stores in town to be sold, this time of the year is moreover traditionally scheduled for weddings; a rather relaxed time of merriments, joy and, the ‘can’t do without’, typical and lovely festivities that don’t deny dancing.
This might seem like a banal topic to discuss but I find it worthy to spill my messy mind into it and say a word or two. What does romance look like in the 21st century? I have been pondering this question for the last few months; ever since I texted what I thought was a rather lighthearted list of ways a man should treat a lady. To be sure, many of the items on the list were of a romantic nature. Some of my friends found fault with the old-fashioned brand of romance and chivalry I suggested, that the list evoked a nauseatingly romantic, antiquated Prince Charming archetype that promotes dangerous lessons about masculinity (and femininity) and therefore has no place in modern times. These critiques got me to thinking about the construct of romance and its role in current-day relationships.
The act of bestowing gifts as a sign of appreciation, love and good wishes, has a primordial essence. Human beings, and animals as well, have developed the habit to make the notion of sharing and giving as natural as possible.
Generally speaking, people tend to fail to appreciate what is proximate and within their hands. A traditional Eritrean saying states, “ab edka zelo werqs darga cherqi,” which roughly translates as: “anybody feels not a precious thing they own but take it as cheap.”
Orthodox Christians were busy yesterday, celebrating the Meskel at Bahti Meskerem and other public squares in the rest of Eritrea. Eritrea celebrates Meskel (the finding of the true cross) every year on Meskerem 16, or September 26, as per the Eritrean Orthodox Church’s traditions.