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Writing isn’t about fame or money


By Isaiah Abraham

September 7, 2009 — Writing like any other profession carries responsibility and a code of conduct to follow; but generally its a bumpy discipline that is constantly unpredictable and you can understand it why its always an up and down. This is partly due to its foundation based on hunches and hypothesis. So, what am saying? For the past few years, I have had weird and unruly moments like any other writer on this career. But few days ago a pugnacious chap called me after he bloodied his nose on one of my articles, somewhere I don’t know. He never introduced himself or his topic of contention but asked me whether its me or someone else. When he got my name, he quickly quizzed what tribe am I and when I mumbled he soared with is tirade using somewhat fluent English, sandwiched between his nose and ultra male tone. The man never gave me space or time, as he bombarded my ears with every negative adjective you could think of in the book. Interestingly, I felt amused and never hang it up, until his phone goes a hitched probably due to his air time or satisfied after spending nearly 10 minutes calling me names of animals punctuated by his ’channel f’ (dialect) with some frequent words that sound like ’amok’, ’guat’, ’nyagat’ ’monyjur’ and ’jong’. You can figure what tribe is he from, don’t you?

Though I didn’t follow up clearly his point of argument, as I would have best done it/imagine, one thing was deduced and clearly could be his case, that I had interfered with ’their’ status quo and had to stop it. I later however learned that he actually lost his job on the assumption that probably one of my articles had contributed to his lost of job. Sincerely am used to such moments and nothing against him as a person. He may have looked at some of our articles we often write here and ran with a conclusion that we are anti government of the people of the South Sudan. I sympathize with him.

But some of these brethren in fact are of the mentality that we are targeting their people or tribe and the leader they think is doing his best. But one thing they forget and that they should know is that writers at our stage aren’t for it to soil others reputation if they deserved. There is nothing moreover that the President should based his actions on websites ideas. Who are we that the big man should solely take our advice face value, does he has time really to read what is being posted here? He has a lot to do and there are others doing the advisory work for him. If any of our message coincide with the event or decision then that is just by chance and the writers aren’t to blame.

Writers don’t report either, that is the work of the reporters, we opinionate and opinion aren’t infallible or gospel in themselves; we pursue the ’why’ animal, while reporters are after ’what’ and ’how’. We go beneath the stated and that is a big difference. In the process of grappling up with the underlines, we might commit errors and that is the fallacy of writing. The reader could take it or reject it and nothing will change from the opinion as people aren’t the same. I for one don’t write to get recognize or do it for political recognition; there is nothing like becoming politician from writing. These are different world. Who are we then? We are what we do. We publish evidences and the truth isn’t necessarily the point why we write. We are mirrors, always on the front line to state why this happening happened and try our best to disclose hazy matters of national concern. We appeal to the emotions and we have a small role to play in the society. We simply influence or reinforce decisions. We care less about any reward in return.

Sometime a mocker accused us of being jealous because we didn’t get space in the government. That we are an arm of the National Congress Party (NCP). A catch small phrase often use to whip sympathy and cast others are anti patriots. That is a million off the mark! The president can’t appoint everyone in the government, it doesn’t work like that. If we are discontented with his work as head of our government we will say it and if he miraculously changes, well and good. We lived within our little means and the government can’t take everybody on board. I don’t know further Dr. Mustafa Ishmael, Gutbi Al Mahdi, Ali Ahmed Yasiin, Dr. Mohamed Mandour, Dr. Azhari Al Tigani, Dr. Ali Nafia among other stalwarts of the NCP. Non knows the color of their teeth apart from what the media fixed it before us. The North generally will have to prove to the South their seriousness before we forget the past. These days they are talking nicely and we should be forgiving them if they allow our people to go for plebiscite unobstructed; for now no! They are our enemies!!! Two million lives is enough to hate these people.

But why should anyone use that lame scape goat and a victim card against his own people? When the SPLM-DC calls for change, reorganization and democratization of the SPLM we hurriedly brand them as traitors, the same propaganda we had used against everyone virtually who disagreed with the system. Can we learned to be accommodative and flexible and only at odd (defensive) if the criticism is unjustified. Every voice that is contrary to system must not be brushed as nothing. Our work as writers is to magnified those voices once we see their positive impact on the society and that is exactly our job. Let’s not masked the failed leadership in Juba for the sake of it or ran to our tribe instead we should be constructive in our debate. Yes the few positive things we see around can’t add up to the expectations. This is an inescapable fact.

We need a viable governance strategy that work (that can be seen working). A person to nurture this idea is another; the very one who will take us into a journey with a firm grip on what he wants to do now and in the next few years to come. Someone who will blend our rich diversity and resources and make something out for the next generation. We don’t care who that person would be or where he will come from, but only if he has the required credentials to take us through. Our father Dr. John Garang had laid a concrete foundation and we must be careful not to waste it away; we need a right architect who could build on it with tangible durable steps. These are issues on the table at the moment, and if that qualify us to be labeled traitors, fine, we aren’t pliable to get cowed and nothing will go between us and our keyboards on these areas, never!

Isaiah Abraham lives in Juba; he’s on isaiah_abraham@yahoo.co.uk

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  • 8 September 2009 07:45, by Michael Madit Magot

    Professor Isaiah,

    It is not surprising that some people went violent with you.
    Your writing sometimes miss the target of professionality.
    You seem to be interested in defaming other people or tribes.
    That does not let your work be appreciated as it should be.
    If writing isn’t about fame or money, then why are you wasting your times constructing numerous articles?
    Every bit of work must have a goal such as money to survive on.

    My advice to you is that " Do not sell our Dinka tribe name for your sole selfish gain".
    Nearly 90 percent of your writing is comprised of gossips which liars circulate among Dinka.
    Every tribe has its own secrets which journalists are not allowed to have access or else they risk being locked behind bars.
    You should thank the person who merely insulted you in Dinka dialect and take it as a sign of warning.
    Your writing are always geared towards pleasing other tribes like Nuer. Did you forget that the souring relationship between these two tribes is still a time bomb?
    You need to take your foul mouth out of the communities and leaders.

    Iam afraid you would one day be locked behind bars for bad mouthing other tribes prominent leaders.
    Please be advised to take your mouth off our Dinka leaders otherwise you are endangering your life.


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    • 8 September 2009 08:30, by Nile

      keep up the good work Prof. Isaiah don’t those haters block you.

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  • 8 September 2009 08:56, by thieleling

    Prof. Isaiah Abrham,

    Don’t worry about everybody else. The whole sudan is full of everybody else, but only a few make a significant achievement in governance or other achievements.

    No right-minded, reasonable person would dare call you an intellectual monster because your wider knowledge is needed through your writings as some of ways out of ignorance in south sudan. Don’t pay attention to some of the ignorance folks who are critical about your writings. You are just in the genius category.

    These ignorance individuals need a good education. The lack of knowledge destroys South Sudan. That powerful knowledge & education is the only way any ignorance South Sudanese is ever going to escape poverty & tribalism that are killing south sudanese at the moment. Look at the incompetent in the GOSS. People who are educated, who read your writings know how you write, act, and they know you can do anything you want to do as south sudanese. You ’d done your best, atleast through your articles.

    Most people would not deny you are a mighty smart southerner. Please live to your potential and never quit writing about things that contribute to making south sudanese be successful in governing themselves. These are things no writer would be ashamed writing about. It is good you are opinionated just like everyone of us. Your knowledge is mightier!!

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    • 8 September 2009 11:56, by DOOR!

      Professor of gossips,

      Your writings are good but could you eliminate gossips?
      Should you do that your work would be fantastics and you would maintain the name of professor.
      By the way do you have form four certificate?
      May be that is where your weaknesses come in.
      Go to shool and stop writing nonsenses.
      In our Dinka culture gossiping is for weak people like women.
      Are you a women? Who is your husband?

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      • 8 September 2009 14:13, by Lokorai

        Dear Door,

        If you don’t know his education background, just shut up your shits!


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  • 8 September 2009 16:31, by abraham

    Yeah of course this dirt called Isaiah has been doing only two things on the media: 1) character assassination and demonization of the Great Monyjang as a tribe and Monyjang Leaders (2) to paint and promote a traitor and devil called Riek as the only best hope for some nyagat who are not satisfy with SPLM run Goss. It is about time for him to zip up his smelly mouth or be deal with one way or other.

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  • 8 September 2009 17:40, by Freedom Fighter

    Monyjur& Jong (Isaiah Abraham),

    Now, your business is known to us, so stop faking love of Dr.Garan’s foundation. Why you didn’t mention Omer Al-bashir among those of NCPs who killed two million Southerners. Keep writting for your fake supporters until you learn from mysterious death of Kout Atem and Karbino Kuanyin Bol.

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