An Ethiopian author, poet, essayist, and performer by the name of Bewketu Seyoum. He is regarded as one of the top poets of his generation and was named Ethiopia’s Best Novelist of the Year in 2008 and Best Young Author in 2009. Six books of his short tales, novels, poems, and compilations of his essays have been published in both English and his Amarhic native tongue.
He is renowned for composing and performing hilarious short sketches. Bewketu was born in Ethiopia’s Mankusa. He graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Addis Abeba. His art explores the oppressive political and cultural climate of his nation. His writing frequently addresses issues like as police brutality, official corruption, and the follies of tribalism.
He regularly employs comedy in his writing to address controversial political and social issues that are rarely discussed in Ethiopian public life. Someone who claimed to be offended by one of his articles attacked him in 2011. Bewketu held the positions of writer-in-residence at City of Asylum Pittsburgh from 2019 to 2021 and Research Fellow at Brown University from 2015 to 2016.