Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 41

Book Review

‘Mine to Win’: a Book that Binds Aspects of Ethiopian Christianity Education and Philosophy

Asmamaw Addis
  • Asmamaw Addis
  • Department of Journalism and Communication, and Solomon Girma, Department of English Language and Literature P. O. Box: 196, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.
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Solomon Girma
  • Solomon Girma
  • Department of Journalism and Communication, and Solomon Girma, Department of English Language and Literature P. O. Box: 196, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 28 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 14 August 2018
  •  Published: 30 September 2018

Abstract

The author of this book, Hiwot Teffera, is among the vibrant politers of the then generation called ‘YaTiwulid’. This period extends from 1972- 1992 , and many of them were young and involved in different political factions of the time. She and some of her friends are destined to share their experience, knowledge and reading; however, many could bear fruit  because of Red and White Terrors of the time. She is a social anthropologist by profession and has worked as a caregiver for a long time. She is known by many by her first book ‘Tower in the Sky’. The book is about the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) and imparts the Ethiopian Revolution in a well-articulated manner.
‘Mine to Win’ is the second book by the author. The book can be classified as creative nonfiction. The book consists 204 pages, and eleven chapters. It includes a glossary and reference sections. The aims of this book review are therefore to overview the unique quality of the work and discuss what the main themes she tries to convey. Besides, we were motivated to review the book to recommend the book to readers and enable them to research and investigate further. The setting of the story takes us back to a century and recounts church education in the midera of Aste Yohannis IV and the beginning of Emperor Minilik II’s. The main character, Tewanay, had spent a lot of time attending church education in Gojjam and Gondar, where many famous zema (rhyme), qene (Poetry) and tiriguame (interpretation/ commentary) schools are found. He is the incarnation of the theological debate held in the famed place, Wello, Boru-meda, where the two sects called the tewahido and qibat of Ethiopian religious liturgy contested on the divine nature of God during Aste Yohannis IV. Undoubtedly, the selection of the setting has made the story striking and breathtaking.