BiographySeifu Metaferia is a fearless older writer, poet and professor at Addis Ababa University, pioneer of research into oral literature including children’s poetry in Ethiopia. There is a thread of humour and compassion in his work, a focus on humble individuals, which humanise his steely-eyed explorations of truth and power. His much-loved collection of poems, Wistet, is titled with Seifu’s made-up word meaning “the deep inside”.
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