Eritrea – A Confident Nation

Eritrea’s time tested values and principles are the qualities that give all the confidence.

It takes courage to self confidence …
Eritreans reliance in themselves has finally paid off, and Eritrea today is a nation marching ahead in all fields. It takes courage, though, to take such path … a path only a confident nation can undertake.

BY SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM

As Eritreans around the world celebrate their country’s 26th Independence Anniversary, it is the realization of what they have been able to achieve, against all odds and despite extreme hostilities, which will inspire and boost confidence in the young nation’s future.

Coming out of a bitter 30 year struggle for the liberation of their beloved nation, Eritreans were thrust into an even more hostile world where scalawags and carpetbaggers of all kinds, each claiming for its own what belonged to the nation and its people.



Post-independence Eritrea was forced to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, endured 15 years of Ethiopian occupation of its sovereign territories, faced unprecedented machinations to thwart its independence, and repelled a vicious attack on the integrity of the new nation. It has not been easy… and it does not mean that it had no costs, but in the end, these seemingly insurmountable challenges have produced a resilient, self-reliant, and confident population, where the can-do spirit is more than just a slogan.

Eritreans are known for their perseverance – the indomitable spirit; the courage that enabled them to take on a much larger enemy; the kind of courage and confidence needed to conquer fear….and death.

When Eritrea’s freedom fighters said, “Our Victory is Certain”, it was not because they stared into a crystal ball, but because they knew their destiny was in their own hands; that their determination and perseverance, coupled with hard work and sacrifice, was the only guarantee of that certainty. It is with that same conviction, that confidence in their own ability that enabled them to embark on the arduous nation building process.

The odds were stacked against Eritrea from the very beginning. Analysts estimate the odds of civil war onset as 5.25 times greater in the first two years of a state’s independent existence than in other years.

In Eritrea, despite efforts by Eritrea’s enemies to foment crisis, it didn’t happen. Peace, stability and security were restored throughout Eritrea almost immediately after the liberation of Asmara. The country was awash with weapons and the economy was in shambles, yet, there was no chaos. Eritrea’s ethnically diverse and politically conscious population needed no police force. The cost of independence was too high to be squandered… there was much more that had to be attained to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

Unlike what we saw in newly independent states such as Namibia (1991), East Timor (1991), South Sudan(2011), Eritrea did not get international recognition, nor financing, immediately after the end of the armed struggle. The “government in the jungle”, the government of the day with its rudimentary institutions, faced enormous challenges… but as they did with challenges in the past, faced them head on.

Famine and hunger loomed in the Horn region during the struggle due to negligence and Ethiopia’s scorched earth policies, but it did not deter the EPLF from working to alleviate the suffering of the people whilst fighting the enemy.

At independence, Eritreans faced daunting challenges, including food and water insecurity, but set out immediately to rehabilitate and reconstruct their war torn nation from scratch. They had to rebuild all institutions of government and most importantly issue Eritrea’s own currency, the Nakfa. By aggressively working on rebuilding Eritrea’s debilitated infrastructures, 26 years later, they have turned their country around.

It was neither international recognition nor support that gave Eritreans the confidence to call for a referendum on independence on April 1993, two years after the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) marched into Asmara, bringing an end to Ethiopia’s 30 years long occupation. Rather, it was a belief in themselves, their deep rooted exemplary cultures of ethnic and religious respect and tolerance, and the sacrifices made by every Eritrean family. They were also cognizant of and had long experience with the international community and its historical betrayals. It was better to wait two years, no matter the hardships, and guarantee Eritrea’s independence through a national referendum, forever….

From the referendum for independence, to the constitution making process, to the senseless “border conflict” with Ethiopia, to the botched mediation process, to the Algiers Agreements, to the work of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), the Eritrea Ethiopia Claims Commission (ECCC), to the illegal unfair and unjust sanctions resolutions 1907 and 2023, to the orchestrated vilification campaigns at the UN Human Rights Council, the attempts to thwart Eritrea’s independence, weaken the people’s resolve, interfere with Eritrea’s economic development, undermine Eritrea’s internal security, disrupt Eritrea’s political programs and hijack her nascent institutions, have allowed Eritreans to glean enormous experiences in the last 25 years.

These were some difficult moments that tested the nation’s patience and magnanimity… and exposed the double standards and hypocrisy that permeates international relations these days.

Eritreans learned a long time ago that self-reliance, being less dependent on external help, and changing the culture of dependency throughout the population, would be the key to their political and economic independence. A time tested principle held from the days of the liberation struggle.

In a speech made in Rome on 21 March 1973, a representative of the EPLF said the following:

“…self-reliance is a question of political line. It means developing an independent political line for one’s struggle on the basis of an analysis of the concrete conditions of your country… self-reliance means to rely on the masses, to mobilize them and release their boundless energy and revolutionary zeal. It means to rely primarily on the material and human resources of your country…”

It was not arrogance that compelled Eritreans to choose this route, but rather confidence in their choice, a studied choice that has been misrepresented and maligned for the last 25 years by Eritrea’s arch enemies.

Somehow it was considered scandalous, that Eritreans would insist on having a central role in the development of their own country, as if they were intellectually inferior, and could not achieve their goals without external instruction or validation. The reliance in themselves has paid off, and Eritrea today is a nation marching ahead in all fields, steadily, as a confident nation.



Eritrea has met or exceeded development benchmarks set by the United Nations, has achieved more in the short 25 years of independence than those who boast of 3000 years of civilization. It takes courage to take this path… a path only a confident nation can undertake.

Integrity in leadership matters. An honest, upright, incorruptible and mostly principled leadership goes a long way. President Isaias Afwerki embodies Eritrea’s confident mood and character. We need no look further than some of Eritrea’s neighbors, who are at war with their own people, insecure in their own positions, incapable of inspiring confidence internally or in their vast Diaspora populations. In Ethiopia, the minority ruling clique is the most hated and distrusted of all previous regimes.

Many questioned Eritrea’s economic viability and the policy-making competence of Eritrea’s leadership, despite the EPLF’s long experience, and documented achievements and unparalleled record, in the field.

Eritrea was initially reproached because it did not bow to International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) dictates, notwithstanding the fact that neither IMF nor WB had a very good track record in Africa. In fact, its structural adjustment programs in Africa have devastated many African economies and left them perpetually dependent on foreign aid. Eritrea chose partnership over aid. The EPLF made it clear, way back then – “Under no circumstances will the EPLF barter its principles and political line in exchange for arms and other supplies”.

“…We would like to repeatedly remind those governments or peoples who support our struggle avail us of their help because we are engaged in a just struggle for national liberation. If they offer assistance for any ulterior motives, however, we do not need such support and will firmly reject it … We are convinced that whatever aid in exchange for our national rights is more injurious than beneficial to our struggle…”

There were many who undermined Eritrea’s potential, some audaciously claimed Eritrea had little or no “natural resources”. The bad rumor about Eritrea lacking “natural resources” lingered until recently. In April 2005, in an article for African Business, Neil Ford wrote:

“…While lack of natural resources is certainly not helping Eritrea’s attempts to establish itself as an economically viable state, geopolitical problems in the region are perhaps more to blame than the lack of oil or diamond wealth… it is impossible to predict how the country will fare in the longer term. One thing is certain: as wealth becomes more dependent on knowledge rather than natural resources, any state can prosper under the right circumstances…”

Today, investors are clamouring… the word is out… Eritrea is not resource poor, rather it is sitting on pure gold – on land and on water.

Eritrea’s attempts to utilize its own resources faced many challenges, but its commitment did not waiver. That perseverance has paid off and today Eritrea’s bustling mining sector has added potash to its list of lucrative minable minerals which include Copper, Gold, Silver, Zinc and others. There are about a dozen mining companies now operating in Eritrea and the prospects for more investors increase from year  to year. Today, potash is the mining rave… and Eritrea has loads of it.

According to the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC):

“…The Colluli deposit comprises a JORC 2012 compliant 1.3 billion tonne potassium bearing resource, which includes a massive 1.1 billion tonne ore reserve. The massive ore reserve will support decades of future growth. The DFS minelife estimate exceeds 200 years… In addition to the potassium bearing salts, the resource also contains a JORC 2012 compliant high grade rock salt resource of approximately 350 million tonnes, as well as appreciable amounts of kieserite, magnesium chloride and gypsum. This combination of salts forms the foundation of what will become a globally significant, long life, diversified multi-agri commodity business… Colluli is located only 75km from the Red Sea coast, making it the closest sulphate of potash project to a coastline anywhere in the world. Sitting at the epicentre of booming population growth, Eritrea is strategically positioned to take advantage of current and future the key markets of the future…”

Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, rehabilitating and rebuilding dilapidated structures, laying economic and intellectual infrastructures, increasing and improving human capacity, ensuring food and water security, are just some of the successes of the last 26 years.

It would be an understatement to say that the international environment in the last 26 years has been extremely hostile to Eritrea. But Eritrea prevailed…

As Eritreans close this chapter in their history and embark on the next chapter, it behooves all to rethink their negative attitudes about this new nation and its people. The experiences of the last 26 years have strengthened rather than weakened the nation, and in a world too full of cynicism and pessimism, Eritreans are today, even more optimistic about their future…and have grown as a nation – into a self-confident nation.

Eritrea’s time tested values and principles are the qualities that give all the confidence, and guarantee, that Eritrea’s future is even brighter ….

42 thoughts on “Eritrea – A Confident Nation

  1. Here are the Eritreans, the “can do people’ marching to the Promised Land. Just take a look at them. These are my people.

    Sophi, Gual Haras Nebri, thanks for all your dedication and intelligence.

    1. I feel pitty for the confused soul TN for it was exactly three years ago this time he proclaimed Eritrean Constitution is on the making and it is coming soon…he said this after the evil moron Isaias claimed so during Independence day. I remember TN claiming “I will be the first person to demand its implementation if it doesn’t get through in two years”….well here we are three years since then with Isaias giving a middle finger to his stooges and TN admin is now found with his tails between his legs. Shame on you!

      1. Do you also remember, the Woyane constitution that’s being used to kill Oromo and Amhara. You’re just as responsible for all those killings of innocent Oromos.

  2. Stop Thievery of Eritrean Art · Edit

    Unlike Tigray, which suffers from inferiority complex, ERITREA DOES NOT STEAL ART from others. Eritreans come up with their own art because they want it to be reflective of their own national experience. Tigray should stop stealing songs and paintings from Eritrea. We are watching.

    1. On the contrary, I want Ugumesh to keep imitating Eritreans; how else would they survive?
      I don’t see anything wrong with worshiping Eritreans.

      1. You are right B. Adal! If they don’t copy all Eritrea’s activities they will not survive as a clique. Their TV and Radio daily program are depending on ERI-TV and Dimsi Afash program. They only make a little tweak and twist. What can we do, Weyane is a shame neighbor.

        1. so in other words you want them to survive? these people are the defenition of eveil. Eritrean artists work should be protected. Its easy for someone who didnt make the art to simply say “its okay, let them imitate”

      2. Stop Thievery of Eritrean Art · Edit

        I disagree B.Adal. It is NOT fair to the Eritrean artists who work hard to come up with inspired art to speak to nationalistic and patriotic Eritrean feelings. It feels polluted when I hear it play by Tigrayans.

        1. Yes, it is not fair to all Eritrean artists. And it is a shameful act. Also we all know that Weyane’s cadre, and his stooges have no ability/experience to come up with their own art. Remember who created them and put them in the Minilik Palace – that was Shaebia, even though they are a bad students.

          1. As the saying goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” However, in this case, I just don’t trust TPLF cadres since everything they do is to try to hurt Eritrea. So I am offended by their plagiarism.

        2. In away I feel sorry for real Tigryans. Now days, Tigryans got nothing of their own to show for. Music and artwork stolen from Eritrea. Language mixed with Eritrean and Amharic languages. Building designs stolen from Eritrea, China, Uganda, & etc. Factories fully copied from Chinese and so on. This is crazy. We knew TPLF is deeply corrupt clique, but now appears it culturally bankrupted its own people too.

          1. I can’t even understand their Tigrigna because it is so bastardized with Amharic. No, I don’t feel sorry for Tigrayans. The amount of problems they have created for Eritrea in the last 20 years is immense. They were hellbent on making Eritrea another Somalia so they can have their with it. The mere mention of the word Eritrea is a big headache to them because it conjures up feeling of inferiority complex and insecurity in them.

        3. Nebsi, I understand your point. If you look at it from the point of an individual artist, yes it is a very bad thing that someone else is copying his work and making money before the Originator (Eritrean Artist) was able to make a living from his own hard work. This … I totally with you.

          Here is my point and hope you will try to understand it, …
          It is unfortunate that we have no laws (yes we recently passed in Eritrea) that protects creativity of individuals in Africa. This problem is not only in our neighborhood, it is common all over the planet. Scientific results that took decades are being stolen by countries by paying “pennies” to individuals. There is very little we can do (especially in our area) to protect individual’s creativity.

          It is possible for Eritrean government working with individual artist to minimize the theft of someones work, by simply not allowing any copies of the movies or music CDs from leaving the recording studio, the same was US government protects its sensitive DOD (Department of Defense) work. Only then, you would register people to buy the original CDs and deliver it once acceptable number of people have purchased the product. Let Ugumesh copy and make money after our artist have made some money. Even USA is not able to completely protect its original work. Believe me, if every Eritrean buys original CD from our Eritrean artist, they will do fine. Even better, how about every Eritrean paying our Artist a U.S $1 for every song we download from youTube?
          Question: Knowing that you are not able to stop someone from stealing your work, which side would you rather be, The one who Creates or the one who Plagiarize. Woyane officials are known to pay $$ for their PhD’s, but that’s not the same as earning a PhD.

          Hint: Think as a nation, not as an individual. Remember, it is us Eritreans that are defining the Tigrigna culture, using Eritrean music, Eritrean drama, Eritrean movies, Eritrean etc. Ugumesh, due to their inferiority complexity, have become an extension of Eritreans in all forms of their life. And as such, I would rather see them copying us than copying others in our neighborhood. By their own choice, Eritreans have become their teachers in fighting for freedom, running their daily life, including their choices of music in their wedding parties. The only think ugumesh are unable to imitate Shaebia is the Damn IQ!, it is something no one can imitate 🙂
          And finally, …
          I am proud to be your Brother, because we Eritreans are being imitated.

          1. With all due respect Signor B. Adal, I don’t want Tigrayans to be an extension of Eritreans. I don’t want them to be like us at all. There is no benefit for us. They are still holding our land illegally and still trying to divide Eritrea along ethnic and religious lines. They are still scheming to gain access to the sea by reversing our sovereignty. Why do you want these people to be like us? Why do you want them to be an extension of us? If they are stealing our art and culture, it is for nefarious reasons, not just because they lack talent. Don’t underestimate the wickedness of these people. We gave them the benefit of the doubt in the 1990s and look what they have done to us?

          2. Please let us not preach to each other the behavior of WOyane, as every Eritrean knows them well, including their evil intentions against anything that Eritrea stands. I know it, you know it, we all know it. The only issue/question regarding theft of our Arts is, what can we do to stop them? The basic question is what can you do if someone (especially with inferiority complexity) is obsessed with anything Eritrean, regardless of their intentions? Nada !!! If you read what I wrote, the take away should have been, let them imitate us, and let us make fun of their inferiority complexity. — Have a Nice day.

          3. If we are defining or re-defining Eritrean culture, we are doing it for us. Not for them. They are nothing to us. They can continue with their “Waywayo.” “Labzi” “Hizi.”

          4. Eritrea for Eritreans · Edit

            This is not some sort of Joke. Im actually disappointed, that such statement is coming from you. You think agames imitating Eritreans is something to be proud of? They’re not imitating because they like Eritreans, they doing it because they have inferiority complex & they’re talent-less. They doing it because they are jealous of Eritreans, envious of Eritreans they despise Eritreans. Dont take it as a flattery. These guys are pretending to be Eritreans everywhere imitating Eritreans and sowing discord amongst Eritreans. So this is not a joke, your sendig out the wrong message to your ‘ugumesh’ friend.
            Your saying “it is us Eritreans that are defining the Tigrigna culture, using Eritrean Artistry, Eritrean music, Eritrean drama, Eritrean movies, Eritrean etc.” Tell that to people such as this ‘tesfazion’ who end up claiming that everything is created in tigray after they imitating Eritreans. This is something innocent or something to be proud of.

          5. “Im actually disappointed”
            —– Glad that you know someone else has a different point of view.

            “So this is not a joke, your sendig out the wrong message to your ‘ugumesh’ friend.

            —- I did not say it was a joke, nor do I have ‘ugumesh’ friend, …. LOL

          6. Eritrea for Eritreans · Edit

            This is what you wrote a few minutes ago in response to ‘Dr.No’ “If you read what I wrote, the take away should have been, let them imitate us, and let us make fun of their inferiority complexity.”…..key words here are ” make fun of their inferiority complexity”…it clearly is an opportunity for you to JOKE(make fun) about them. You admitted it yourself. Why the forked tongue? You just seem like the type of person who would disagree against what another person that you dont like, says, no matter what. Even if that person that you dont like, is right.

            —– Moving on

            In other words your saying because you cant do nothing about them copying, Eritreans should simply encourage them to continue stealing Eritrean art. This is totally unacceptable, they should know exactly how we feel about it. The least any Eritrean can do is condemn their actions. Despite your belief of nothing can be done about there has been success in the past by Eritreans campaign to get a music video of an Ethiopian who copied the work of an Eritrean removed. Eritreans should actively work in whatever way they can make the thieves held accountable not encourage them to continue stealing our music and culture and then use it against us.

          7. Let me try once for the last time: If you feel you can do something to protect Eritreans artist’s work, great, start the process, I am sure many of us would like to help our artists.
            Under prevailing conditions (i.e. no normal relationship with Ethiopian government), it seems difficult to force others from stealing our music. As I said before, our artists can minimize the stealing of their work, by protecting their work with the help of Eritrean government.

            ** Regarding your futile attempt to equate my making fun of ugumesh to considering the stealing of our artist’s work as a JOKE, ==> shows you have not understood my point.

            ** Regarding your statement, “Why the forked tongue? You just seem like the type of person who would disagree against what another person that you dont like, says, no matter what. Even if that person that you dont like, is right.” ==> I have no appetite for this kind of “discussion”.

      3. Ata seb ay..ketilkayom ko nezom ugumesh..lol bstay B.Adal…..Amharu or Oromo call Us: Originaloch…..n agame…..bad copy

      4. B.Adal. Do you know the amount of time and dedication put into making a song? I very doubt you do, because if you did you would not say such a thing. Artists spend months if not years to come up with such great art. In this case the song they copied was sang for Eritrea, it is something sacred. Also woyane have been using Eritrean art and history for its hidden agenda or more like open, to present itself as if we are one. Theft like this should not be taken lightly. Unless like you said you want them to ‘survive’ and continue to be a plague n the region.

    2. On the contrary, I want Ugumesh to keep imitating Eritreans; how else would they survive?
      I don’t see anything wrong with them worshiping Eritreans.

  3. Traitors Acting like oposition · Edit

    Eritrea prefered to work hard for the the well beiing the next Generations to come. Weyane prefered to beg and get Money and they don’t Care for the next Generation…

  4. Global construction and project management consultants Turner & Townsend to manage post FEED EPC bid scope

    Key Points

    • Global construction and project management consultants, Turner & Townsend appointed to manage post FEED EPC bid scope for Colluli Sulphate of Potash Project

    • EPC bidding document preparation underway 



    • Front end engineering design well advanced

    
Danakali Limited (ASX:DNK) and its Joint Venture Partner – the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (“ENAMCO”), are pleased to announce that global construction and project management consultants – Turner & Townsend, have been appointed to the Colluli Sulphate of Potash Project to define the full scope of the EPC bidding requirements as the front-end engineering design process progresses.

    With over 4,000 employees spread across 90 offices in 38 countries, Turner & Townsend work predominantly for owner’s teams in major capital project developments around the world and have extensive experience globally and within Africa across the infrastructure and energy and mining sectors. Turner & Townsend also carry potash specific experience from work undertaken in both the UK and Canada. Core competencies include programme strategy and set up, programme management, project management, and procurement, cost and commercial management.

    Managing Director, Paul Donaldson commented “We have engaged Turner & Townsend to provide support and advice that will: optimise project set up at the execution stage; facilitate the development of the procurement, construction, commissioning and contracting strategies; and review risk and mitigations through execution of stakeholder engagements”.

    Colluli is the shallowest known evaporite deposit in the world with a solid form ore reserve estimate of over 1.1bn tonnes1 . Permitting for the project was completed in February 2017, providing the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC) exclusive rights to apply for mining licenses within the Colluli tenements. Seven mining licenses have also been granted.

  5. How about Eritrean stop listening any Ethiopian music. Tady Afru is using his leverage over you to promote his daydream about annexation of Eritrea even though he has already know it his delusional nightmare cannot materialize by any means under any conditions. but ,sadly the empty dreaming will go on………
    I have never listen Ethiopian music! Why do I listen others instead of Eritrea in the first place? Are they better than us? I doubt it. you can listen English and others more advanced nations if you interested. that is all. I read about this information from madot news.
    ✴Never except honey from fly✳
    ???? STOP ANY CONCERTS and CD MUSIC OF ETHIOPIAN NOW‼‼‼
    SUPPORT and APPRECIATE ERITREAN MUSICIANS NOW‼‼‼
    ERITREAN NEED CULTURAL REVOLUTION ‼‼‼
    Let us get back to the business.✅✅✅

    1. But Eritreans don’t listen to Amharic music anymore, especially after the Woyane invasion and expulsion of Eritreans from Ethiopia. The young Eritrean generation (30 years old and under) doesn’t even speak Amharic or have an affinity for Amharic music. They just don’t. Eritrean music has already undergone a cultural revolution. Where have you been?

      1. Good to hear that from you bro! I feel good now. So, why some Eritrean online medias make some noise about this guy? if he really nothing to mean for them and has no any effect on provocative action for posting Ethiopia map that show annexes of Eritrea.

        1. Awesome!! I hope Lynne should contribute allot in Eritrean music arrangements to upgrade the level of music industry.
          saxophone is shadowing most of music and you can’t listen it again and again because it will fade away so quickly . Great job again!????????????????

    2. stop being an idiot . no one can control some ones taste of music or preference. who has time to police that shit. but as to Eritreans you claim they listen amhatic music then it goes like this . ZEY TISEMUO DERFI DARGA XERFI. so they might listen but they dont understand it cos it is not our language.

      1. You can’t control but you can influence and dominant by Eritrean music not to see others. Anyway, thanks for answer.

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