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Bulcha Demeksa born is an outspoken Ethiopian politician and businessman. In , Demeksa was appointed vice-minister of Finance before representing his country at the board of the World Bank. In , when the Ethiopian Revolution started, he left Ethiopia and was hired by the UN administration.
Demeksa took his retirement in Ethiopia in , and in , he created the Awash International Bank which became a success. Bulcha Demeksa has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the late Meles Zenawi 's government and the opposition leader most referred by the international media.
With other opposition officials, he helped the creation of Medrek , a larger opposition alliance. Bulcha resigned as OFDM party chairman in late but continues as an adviser for the leadership. His retirement from OFDM and his harsh criticism of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and on the elections were a regular feature story on dozens of private Amharic and English newspapers in the country.
In he announced his intention to run in the elections. He was chosen for his work in the financial sector and his work for human rights and democracy as well as peace activist between different warring sections of the Ethiopian society.
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As the title of the book clearly implies, the book is an autobiography but it is also about what the author wants to write on what he knows and believes about the Oromo, as he aptly puts it in the preface of the book. Upon reading the book, I have come to conclude that Bulcha Demeksa is honest and candid in his analysis of the Ethiopian phenomenon. At times he vents anger toward the oppressive machinery that mistreated and exploited the Oromo and other Ethiopian minority nationalities; unlike other Oromo nationalists, however, Bulcha is very much concerned about the Ethiopian nation as he is very much interested in promoting the self-determination of the Oromo people. In this sense, thus, the book is more of advocacy for the cause of the Oromo rather than solicit vision as the subtitle of the book indicates. In the course of my public service, I came across many people, some good and some not so good. Ethiopia also stands prominent in this document for the same reason.
My Life, My Vision for the Oromo and Other Peoples of Ethiopia