RIP: The “Father of Geography of Ethiopia” handed awayDr. Yohannes AberraOctober 1, 2020Professor Mesfin WoldemariamLast July I despatched the manuscript of my ebook on the Geography of Ethiopia, written for the primary time in Amharic, to Professor Mesfin Woldemariam to evaluation it and provides me his blessings. I did that after a previous alternate of electronic mail messages asking him for his willingness to take action. I do know that on the age of 90 it’s troublesome for him to undergo my manuscript and provides me detailed feedback. What I anticipated from him was only a blessing because the “Father of Geography of Ethiopia”. He didn’t handle to return my manuscript earlier than he handed away.I grieve the demise of the good scholar not solely as a result of he is likely one of the few folks in Ethiopia who’re unbiased thinkers but in addition as a result of he’s my mentor who noticed the potential in me and pulled me into the sphere of geography which turned my life lengthy career. It occurred in June 1973 after I consulted Professor Mesfin Woldemariam in his Division Chairman’s Workplace on the then Arts Constructing (now OCR) of HSIU (now AAU). Within the first semester Prof. Mesfin (popularly often called “Gashe Mesfin” within the Division) taught me the Course Geog. 101 (Geography of Ethiopia). The primary ebook on the geography of Ethiopia, which was printed solely a 12 months in the past, was the textual content ebook we used for the Course. The ebook was the results of discipline analysis  throughout Ethiopia by Gashe Mesfin himself. Whereas instructing the course he was telling us fascinating tales of his experiences through the fieldwork. I used to be so serious about his Course and in his textbook that I spent extra time on that than on different Programs.The outcome I bought for the Course was “A”. The outcome was a shock as a result of the widespread gossip in campus was Gashe Mesfin says: “A for God; B for Mesfin; and C for a bright student”. If Gashe Mesfin offers me A, which is Mesfin’s grade for God, I assumed, then I’m destined to be a geographer. My three Levels (BA, MA, PhD) are all in Geography! Though my CGPA within the Freshman Programme was adequate for others like legislation, enterprise, and so on fields I made a decision to hitch geography additionally motivated by my curiosity within the surroundings since childhood. Casting apart the enterprise minded students who assume that geography is a worthless discipline it must be identified to everybody that geography endows a broader and integrative mentality which is what the world wants now to unravel its issues.We don’t have to agree on political points to have fun Professor Mesfin’s contributions to the scholarly literature within the discipline of geography. His seminal work on Famine Vulnerability is a timeless reference for catastrophe danger administration in Ethiopia. Different important works within the discipline is ” Struggling below God’s Atmosphere”. He was a spiritual man as he was a politician and a civil rights advocate. This was a novel and troublesome brew that Professor Mesfin managed to stability in his personal method. I pay my coronary heart felt Condolences to his household, mates and admirers. As to us, his college students, we are going to keep on his legacy. I suggest a constructing in Sidist Kilo Campus to be named after him. Be part of the dialog. Like borkena on Fb and get Ethiopian Information updates often. As properly, it’s possible you’ll get Ethiopia Information by following us on twitter @zborkenaThe submit The “Father of Geography of Ethiopia” handed away appeared first on Borkena Ethiopian Information.


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