Ethiopia: Finnish University cancels plan to give honorary degree to Hailemariam Desalegn

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn attends the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017. (ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Tampere University of Finland has cancelled its well publicized plan to give honorary doctorate degree to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Asked the reason for the withdrawal, the university said the prime minister can not come in May. But many say, the university is trying to save face after a major outrage online and reaction on social media by Ethiopians in diaspora. Just last week, a prominent Ethiopian scholar, Alemyahu G Mariam, wrote a scathing letter arguing against the university’s plan to confer an honorary degree upon Hailemariam Desalegn.

Below is a google translation of original article posted in Swedish

Tampere University was about to appoint Ethiopia’s controversial prime minister an honorary doctorate by the university in May. The press release on the appointment has yet been removed from the network, and the president of the university says there will be no appointment – as the prime minister can not come.

Yle News was contacted by an Ethiopian journalist in exile in Finland was very upset at Tampere University of Technology figured appoint Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn an honorary doctorate by the University. Desalegn are former students of the University, and an honorary doctorate is the highest recognition a university can give a person.

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October last year after several months of anti-government protests. The two largest ethnic groups in the country, Oromo and Amhara, feel they are oppressed by the regime, which mainly belong to minority ethnic team Tigre.

Prime Minister Desalegns governing coalition EPRDF has 500 of Parliament’s 547 seats, the rest is held by his allies.

Hundreds were killed and tens of thousands were imprisoned during the protests, according to several human rights organizations.
“An insult to all Africans”

Muluken Tesfaw fled to Finland from Ethiopia in May last year. He ran an opposition newspaper in the capital Addis Ababa and was afraid for his life in what Ethiopia has been under Prime Minister Desalegn.

“As Ethiopians who actively follow the events in Ethiopia, it feels like an insult that they plan to honor the leader of a brutal undemocratic regime. Not just an insult against me, but against all Africans, and especially all Ethiopians, “writes journalist Muluken Tesfaw.

“To honor the Ethiopian Prime Minister means supporting the killing of more than a thousand Ethiopians in the regions of Amhara and Oromia by the regime’s security forces brutality. It means that you accept the imprisonment and torturing of more than 30 000 people of the nations Amhara and Oromo. That you think it’s okay that the state is controlled by the military during the state of emergency regime has declared. That you do not care about the millions of Ethiopians leave the country for fear of torture and imprisonment, “he continues.

Also including Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam from California State University have expressed their dismay over the plans to honor Desalegn with an honorary doctorate.
Headmaster: We can not appoint him if he is not in place

The only press release on the appointment of the university site was dated September 20, 2016, but had been removed. There are still remaining in the Internet cache.
Screenshot showing that hailemariam desalegn will be appointed honorary doctor
Screenshot of the press release that has been removed from the university’s website. Image: Yle
We have been contacted by Ethiopians who are upset about your plans to honor Hailemariam Desalegn with an honorary doctorate. You still have removed the press release about it from your web pages. What is the position with the appointment?

– We will not appoint him, says Rector Mika Hannula by telephone.

Why not?

– He told us a week ago that he can not come, and we can not appoint him if he is not in place.

Were there other reasons?

– We can not appoint him if he’s not here.

What were the reasons that you were going to appoint him in the first place?

– He is a renowned academics who have done commendable work in water technology.

Why have you removed the press release about the appointment?

– I can not say anything about it. I do not know.


  1. Let that worthless filthy, no back bone , respect for himself have it he deserves a spit on his face! What a dog this man is he obeys a chimps!

  2. To all who fought to stop the Woyane minion from receiving the honorary degree job wel done. Hailemariam is a donkey who is serving his masters. He is a disgrace to the entire nation. A donkey doesn’t deserve more than a grass. He is nothing but a donkey who oversees the killings of Oromos and Amharas. One day, together with the TPLF criminals , he will receive a certificate of genocide from ICC. We haven’t forgotten his crimes against the Sidams. To day is a happy day for our people. The days of gun welding Woyane badits is numbered.

  3. HOORAY!!!
    There is no good enough word to express my appreciation to Professor Alemayehu and other patriotic Ethiopians that have written and call to stop this undeserving award!!!

  4. honorary doctorate degree? Who cares? what a meaningless, hogwash waste of time trip.
    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has a country to ran, people to lead, a nation build…while Pathetic, impotent men,dying breed of the diaspora wasteland play cyber warriors in the comfort of their pathetic existence in the west- knowing they are delusional bunch- the prime minister is all honors, cemented in history as the father of Ethiopian renaissance after the great Meles Zenawi- useless losers keepyapping. Because they are nothing- and they know it.

    • Says a wicked witch who rides on broomstick at night!

      You know good well you terriorst leeches will be jumping up and down when the same Norway government honored this moron years ago don’t even try it now Sarah? You monkey jumping up and down years ago when they gave honorary degrees for the rotten in hell Melse Nazew I remember that I was utterly disgusted!!! the same house niger twisted eye without any backbone the man bends backwards to please the child killers tribe he deserves a spit on his monkey face if he deserves anything! He just doesn’t have any value, dignity, self respect, honor for his damn self nothing absolutely nothing! My Ethiopian people calling him ” Bekumu-Yemote” how true that’s! He’s such a despicable man the chimps tribe ride his monkey A$$ what a shame!

    • Take your great Melse zenaw and rotten into the hell he went since you admired him so much scum of the scums ! He was a hero for a child killers tribe terriorst tegadelay that is! Can you separate the word using Ethiopia and terriorst Tigray together? It’s oxymoron you people hatred Ethiopian with a pAssion so don’t talk your twisted talk nobody understand you! You are terriorst Tigray be proud don’t claim you are Ethiopian while you are not!

    • Shara,

      You are right. Who cares about honorary doctorate degree as long as there are many degrees out there for SALE. You can continue buying them.

      Samora Yenus, a disgusting Dedebit monkey who orders the killings of women has many doctorate degrees. You can buy them but you can’t get them as a proof of knowledge on a particular subject , and honor for good deeds. The brain dead scammers can only buy them to tell others that you are educated. Heyenas and Barbarians of the highest order!

    • Who cares about honorary doctorate degree? as compared to? How is your brother? Does he have any honorary degree from the colleges he attended? I say this because i know how proud you are of him from your past comments. What are your brothers academic achievements, honorary or not if you choose to serve dictators who stayed in power for 26 years just because he is from the same ethnicity as the people in power?

  5. “If you look at it [Ethiopia] from an economic stand point, I think Ethiopia is one of the countries that has become the quint essential embodiment of the Africa rising narrative,” Julians Amboko, research analyst at Stratlink Africa from CNBC Africa.

    The country’s economic growth is principally attributed to intense government projects aimed at achieving its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the country aims at becoming a middle income status by 2025.


    “Look at the year between 2013 and 2014, the GDP growth was about 10.6 per cent, double digits. Kenya did only 4.8 per cent, Rwanda which has been a very stellar performer did only 7.9 per cent and therefore from that stunt point indeed investors must be looking at how they can tap into this market which is growing so fast,” Amboko said.

    According to the country’s finance ministry, the Eastern Africa state’s economic growth is projected at 11 per cent per annum as the country seeks to maintain this rapid growth. The country has a grand five-year Growth and Transformation Plan which ran from 2010 and is expected to end by 2015 that foresees sustainable means of economic, social and environmental development.

    “Their [Ethiopia’s] grand transformational plan is to really strengthen the manufacturing sector of the country because Ethiopia is quickly emerging as a manufacturing hub in the region especially in regards to agro processing and textiles and therefore the focus on industrial parts is driven mainly by the governments focus on manufacturing as an engine for growth going forward,” Amboko explained.

    Ethiopia has witnessed an increased contribution from the sector, particularly focused on increased production in sugar, textiles, leather products and cement.

    • Why the f$hck you used my name for? Anyone can tell with similar design it was you who did it ! You started stealing names too ? it’s impossible create idiotically the same things you are so dumb you didn’t know you are going to be busted? I would like to bust your head wide open! You are not Ethiopian go back to Tigray!

    • NANA, I personally appreciate ur hard work to inform/teach others, but there r many people out there who r allergic to hearing good news of Ethiopia like BROOK, Damo, New Era, Addis Abeba Betie to name a few. Hence, keep doing the good work & don’t take their evil comments personal. I think either they r agents of Ethiopia’s enemies or X-members of the ruthless Derg.

  6. The first question to the University is, what was going on in your mind? And that you forgot to bother that views do exist, and that you may have an answer had you thought of this through beforehand!

    But then, beng an Ethiopian makes him honored PM for which e does not need ”acknowledgement” by a remote university. It was the university trying to get attention for its ‘future marketting’ nothing that they meant to do anything for HMD, the honored PM of Ethiopia!

    Apart from this, unless Almariam openly condemns dergue officers that killed in thousands and eaten human flesh, he is of no use to the electronic space that he is already using too much for a garbage!

    In the meantime Ethiopia keeps rising.

    Ethiopia Rise!

    • Ethiofriendly ,


      They could not satisfy their masters NO MATTER WHAT THE DID .


    • Tigray Friendly,

      The university does not need advice from a terriorst child killers, looters surprised? Take your biased advice in terriorst Tigray practice them will you? Yes, indeed Ethiopian will rise over the dead body of terriorst Tigray leeches like You terriorst Tigray! Terriorst leeches Tigray are menace to society!

        My name has been cloned by terriorst cadres most definitely terriorst Tigray leeches cancer cadres (NaNa) the leeches used multiple nicknames block the filthy subhuman Tigray so he won’t use my name!


        • Don’t worry about that, Ethiopians can smell the stench of Woyanae savages from a mile. The most funny thing how they accuse others of being Eritreans, like it is a crime being one. Ethiopians will take any day any time an Eritrean over you. Ye chewa lij Hamassien Hazega son of Woldemikael Solomon, son of AkaleGuzai Jegna Bahta Hagos, any day any day any time. They are not lying kniving racist beasts like you. It was EPLF, to separate Eritrea fought fairly, separated did not take one inch of land from Awusaa, Tigre, Begemeder or Semien. Even for little Badame they fought alone, they did not pull out the Ethiopian flag from where they buried it like you and cried fake emama Ethiopia song and forced tens of thousands Ethiopians to march on land mines. They did not divide Ethiopians by ethnic, region, and religion to loot and suck the wealth of the country. We know who Zerai is, who know who Abraha Deboch, Moges Asegedom, Assefa Bahta, and countless Eritreans who did for Ethiopia which they did not for Eritrea. You are the one who park your vicious ethnic murdering militia all over Ethiopia. You are the one who is insulting the ancestors daily, they March barefoot and paid with their life by the hundreds of thousands to keep your ungrateful ass free. It’s you who is humiliating Ethiopians by murdering thousands, torturing countless, throwing tens of thousands in jail. In due time, it will all be paid in blood. The reply will be delivered. Until then keep posting fake articles from ETV, as the Soviets did from Pravda/Izvestia, but that did not stop the stinking, suffocating, fake divisive system from collapsing.

          Manchu and Mongol hoardes and their skinny ass, comes and goes. China always stays Chinese, LOL

      • Look at how racist and tribalist you are! Why do you put all Tigres in one umbrella? Why go name calling? Do you think Tigres are idential like yours colored in one brush…? But then, you don’t count in this.

  7. Forgive me Ethiopians .I was trying to create conflicts between Ethiopians and I miserably failed .

    I WILL GO TO SHIMELBA CAMP when I get the chance to escape from my boss , Colonel Fitsum .

    TO MANY TRAPS , LAND MINES ahead of me .pray for me///FROM AKORDAT , ERE

    • The above comments is not mine! Nazrt. Com admin someone is using my name it’s definitely a terriorst sadistic savage Tigray!

      Says a leech cancer Tigray

        • The blessed land of Tigray could not keep you away from intruding elsewhere how the heck you expect to attract anyone else? You people obviously flooding my birth city Seheger Addis Ababa 2 millions of your kinds cockroach eater ugly inside and outside roaming freely why not you chimps live with your own kinds? You are not Ethiopian accept your true identity and learn to live with your damn self? You people are prone to stealing, killing, terriorst and lies a lot!

          • Brook,
            We know it is that heartless, shameless, imbecile niftam coward nanana!
            *The question is — why is allowing this idiot to steal your identity??

          • Hope, yes, that was him!

            This isn’t his first time, I don’t know why they let them abuse their forum like that? Keep up the fight tell them filthiest filth who they are!!! What a cancer we’ve to deal with!

  8. Sudan born coolis are out in full force to vent their anger. Imagine what they would if their slave received the honor. They would beat their drums the whole week.

    TPLF is the most despised group anywhere in the world world. Even in Tigraye its merecenry cadres are the only group that support its destructive mission. In Europe and US the members of TPLF are treated with extreme hate and live in hiding. When ever they want to conspire , they would gather at night in some hidden place like hyaenas gather to eat a dead animal. They are treated like trash. We are tightening the rope around their neck. We won’t stop until they leave our territory and punished for despicable crimes they have committed against our people. There is no honor for thieves and murderers!

  9. From Ras Thomas & Ethiopian Patriots Association in America.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    We know why the Finnish university is doing this contradictory actions. It was not request from our Prim Minister but it was their own declaration to offer this so called honorary degree. and again they said they changed their mind. So, what is that conflicting news. the answer is: It is not about Hailemariam of Ethiopian inernal politics , but it is about why Ethiopia has fruitful relationship with China. The West Europe and America has huge trade relationship with China, but ironical they don’t want to see Africa has any relationship with great China. the is secret of this game.

  10. You are good at copying and pasting. You deserve a doctoral degree if you already don’t have one. It is a buyers marke and you can get one for as little as $200.

  11. NANA

    “I love the uneducated and poorly educated people……. said Donald Trump”

    It must give ur ERITREAN skull the highest KARMA of orgy, when u plagiarize, paste and copy someone else’s psychological books. I highly blame NAZ.COM for letting the Numb Nuts! post the meaningless garbage to trash the site.

    Thank u the elite professor. ur mighty pen is more powerful than the GETATAS-AGAZI muzzle load.

    • Ayeeegud! Nana,
      You are getting desperate to make a valid convincing point!! DT must have met your tplf mafia bosses and their employees like you that can be easily manipulated by international corporations that are doing business in Ethiopia and in other third world countries!
      Case in point: Donald Trump said about his Secretary of State Tillerson “…He goes into a country, takes the oil, goes into another country…”

  12. Are there no Ethiopians in Finland or Europe? How come no one took out Adolf Hitler of Africa so far?

  13. Shame to the Finish university to cancel the honorary degree. Those who campaigned against the Prime Minister are known Amhara tribalists whose main existence is writing letter to anyone who is stupid enough to read their tribalist complaints. They are against the Tigreans no matter how hard they worked and build the country. Now they are showing their racism toward the Prime Minister because he is from different tribe from the South. The coward Finish University has collaborated with those racist tribalists by condoning their action. We all has to write to this disgustingly coward university our dismay and disgust to their giving in to blackmail and racism.

    • @African,

      Please recognize tribalism is an only incurable disease to the Tigre People Liberation Front , not the rest of Ethiopian either at home or those who fled their motherland due the brutal tribal thug. Tribal affiliation is not the parameter against which patriotic Ethiopians value the contribution of a leader. Had this been the criteria the deceased crime minster Meles Zenawi would have won Noble peace prize. Why would any one honest Ethiopian campaign against Hailemraim if he really really deserves or earns it out of him providing great public services, running democratic and transparent government, allowed citizens enjoy peace and decent living without fear of arrest, discrimination due to their ethnicity, religion and political ideology. Unfortunately, Hailemariam is none of these, he himself is not free/he is enslaved, he is an instrument of destruction and a collaborator in crime with the TPLF. It is shameful this kind of sold out pretends to represent the proud Ethiopian tribe of Wolayta ;and Wolayta are very unhappy to see him doing the dirty job of the tigre-woyane. They are hurt by what he has been doing. It does not need one to being or speak an Amharic, Oromigna, Sidamgna, Guragegna to bring the crime records of this condom so-called “pm” to the knowledge of Tampre university Administration, the whole world knows. Of course, it is also very ethical to say something when sorely unethical issue such as this happening.

      • A great leader unite it’s citizens, but Woyanes have been demonizing Amharas for decades to divide, rule loot and massacre innocent Ethiopians throughout Ethiopia!! It would be a great shame and damaging to any democratic country’s history to give awards to inhumane dictators!

  14. …”What were the reasons that you were going to appoint him in the first place?
    – He is a renowned academics who have done commendable work in water technology.”…
    Does anyone know about his publications on Water? or that is just a BS?? Maybe he knows a lot about draft beer??? As far as we know he devotes all his time as a messenger for TPLF.

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