What some ignorant Habeshas need to know is that the Anyuaks are Ethiopians by the virtue of geographical birth. Some Habeshas, however, seem to see themselves as more Ethiopians than the others. One thing I learned from my education and professional background is that those who put others down or those who think of themselves as superiors, are actually suffering from inferiority complex unconsciously.
By being born within the geographical area of Ethiopia, the Anyuaks are Ethiopians. What they don’t seem to understand is that one can not quantify one’s citizenship. One who is self assured and confident sees no need to put others down to feel good about himself/herself. They are always bent on looking for ways to put others down in order to feel good about themselves.
The Anyuaks, on the other hand, despise gossiping so much that it is almost a taboo in their culture.
The Anyuaks’ cultural norms forbid them from saying things that may offend others.
Therefore, why would they not participate in Ethiopians’ beauty contest?
And if some uneducated Habesha foolishly believe that they are the owners of Ethiopia and get offended instead of applauding when their fellow Ethiopian from Gambella wins the beauty contest, I suggest that they start holding their own Habesha beauty contest and we, the non-Habesha Ethiopians will not participate in it.
These two groups led their lives and their history seperately.
The Anyuaks had their own history in the Southwest dating back to 2,000 years.
Even though, most respondents seemed very knowledgeable about the differences between being an Ethiopian and being Habesha, few seemed confused about the differences.
Some 2,000 years ago, the Anyuak country, as it was called, was situated between Southwestern Oromo land, present day part of Ethiopia to Pibor River and to the West up to Nyium, present day Nasir in the Sudan.
The Anyuak country was divided by four main Rivers- the Akobo, Openo, Alworo, and Gillo.
The Habesha are those people who are from the North part of Ethiopia, specifically, the Tigre, the Agew, the Beta Israel and the Amhara.
The Anyuaks of Gambella are from Southwest of Ethiopia.