ESFNA Festival in Maryland: Some Observations (Fekade Shewakena)
As the saying goes, no good did go unpunished. Like many things Ethiopian, this beautiful event has not passed without seeing something mind boggling. There was a failed attempt to divide the community and destroy such a beautiful institution built over thirty years of toil, perhaps one of the best Ethiopians ever built in our countries of exile. This was exactly what a splinter group that gave some weird name to itself “AESA one” or as Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi, in one of his addresses to its members calls it, “Essawa”, were trying to do.
With the help of billionaire Sheik Mohamed al Amludi’s millions of dollars, the group was trying to organize the same thing at a huge stadium in Washington with identical programs like ESFNA. Some anonymous sick crooks were also writing emails to local government officials, the University of Maryland and the managements of hotels reserved by ESFNA in attempts to sabotage and crash the event.
The crooks who wrote the emails under pseudonyms wrote ESFNA is a cheat organization that has no money to fulfill its side of the obligation and advised these organizations to cancel the contracts and any help they may be giving. I have seen these emails with my own eyes as received by these agencies. I hope ESFNA will publish this emails on its website or even find this individuals and expose them to the public. ESFNA organizers were made to climb an unnecessary uphill battle to fight the possible effects of these evil campaigns. Read more