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#Ethiopia, the following is a tweetstorm in response to this story: aljazeera.com/amp/indepth/op… written by @awolallo a couple days back. I add on @Abelpoly's assessment that Awol was awfully dishonest in his writing which I hope to bring out. @Ethiopialiveupd @addisstandard 1/
I start from the title, which is misleading. He forces his & contemporary political view points on #Adwa which celebrated its 123rd anniversary. None of the sentiments he discussed were part of this battle and him dragging it to our current political atmosphere is dispiriting. 2/
Another lie is presented here which completely disregards the historical oscillation of how #Adwa was commemorated. Adwa is not a pt. of ideological contestation and it's not contested by various nationalist groups (he went from country to groups) now. 3/
Another lie is presented here contradicting the process & outcome of the event. #Ethiopia'n state formation was complete a few years before #Adwa. In fact, history teaches that rinderpest halted southwards expansion and forced the king to delay any military confrontation 4/
He also makes way for political considerations to influence history... He has somehow through an article found a way to alter the past based on current *political and ideological* interests... WOW! 5/
Here, he attempts to vindicate himself (and his likes) from having to go through the tough job of doing actual historical research. Mr. Awol tells us that collective memory should not be about historical accuracy. I.e., just say what comes to your mind 6/
Here he makes a mistake (which I think is purposely) by misdiagnosing why "various nationalists forces" have beef over Adwa. He should know who they are & I hoped he would at least speak to one of them in addition to himself. He will contradict this in a few lines... 7/
Another lie here where he presents the "Oromo" as just a subset of the public who is 'ambivalent' towards Adwa. He purposely misleads the reader to think (I) most oromos are ambivalent to Adwa & (II) there are others in Ethiopia who share same sentiment. 8/
… the above can be disproved by how #Adwa123 was celebrated with some members of the Oromo community demonstrably displaying ownership of the event.

So what the hell is he saying? 9/
He then said "official #Ethiopia'n historiography filtered out oromo contribution" which is a lie. Anybody could revisit any account on #Adwa which credits major & minor leaders where oromo names were household in such texts 10/
Then, for the first time he speaks his mind and somehow becomes honest about his cause & intention. Using the 'Oromo' group as a shield, he writes the following about Adwa being about Menelik: 11/
Then reveals that he intends "to take facts out of the discussion" and wants a "new elite consensus based" re-writing of history. Including what's written from imaginations as well... 12/
And in the end, he spills out what has been bothering him all along... "we shouldn't glorify Emperor Menelik" 13/
In conclusion, @awolallo, a man whose exposure to British English enables him to use so much jargon to convey very little substance, said on @AJEnglish that we shouldn't look for facts in the study of #history, re-write it as we like & assess events whichever way we wish. 14/
#Adwa is a demonstration of UNITY & agreement on a vision (freedom) by subjects of a newly re-established state. It is an occurrence we should envy given where we are & pests such as this author work day/night to destroy the few things we have agreed on. 15/
#Ethiopia ለዘለአለም በክብር ትኑር። Good night. 16/
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