Do I exist”? Miktivism for Land Rights and Identity in Ethiopia

In this new blogpost Professor at the Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology (NTNU), Tatek Abebe, discusses Miktivisim as a form of youth resistance in Ethiopia. This article is part of the Creative Development series

Miktivism—the use of music for the purposes of activism and social change—has become a popular strategy of resistance among Ethiopian youth. I use the term miktivism to refer to the practice of employing music to advance causes of social justice by youth who do not claim to be activists, at least not openly. This blog explores an example of miktivism: young musicians deploying what they regard as their talents and resource—music and microphone—to highlight questions of land and identity in the Oromia region, Ethiopia.

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