Oh my great God! My heart just fell down with sadness on passing of this giant story teller of the Hadiya and the continent of Africa! Having spent more than four years in Hadiyaland and other parts of Ethiopia he wrote three great books, A History of the Hadiya in Southern Ethiopia and Fandaanano: The Traditional Socio-Religious System of the Hadiyya in Southern Ethiopia both of which we have reviewed on this site – follow the links above to read them. He cowrote his third Hadiya book Praise and Teasing: Narrative Songs of the Hadiyya in Southern Ethiopia with Hadiya scholar Dr. Tilahun Mishago who I am proud to call a friend. The number of Prof. Ulrich Braukämper published works on Hadiya history and the history of Islam in Northeast Africal in journals/other publications articles are too many. It is impractical to enumerate them all here.
I was intrigued when he failed to answer the email I had sent him couple of months ago with a few question for him. He must have not been feeling well at the time. I struggle to write this article because I am so sad now. Thank you Mr. Stefan Ritter for letting me know of this sad news via email.
Further Information About Prof. Ulrich Braukämper
As you read his work, this scholar’s pioneering contributions to the history of the country and the Hadiya in particular leaves you in awe. He has unearthed treasure troves of lost history of people considered less important in Ethiopian historiography.
Scholarly speaking, I feel as though Ulrich Braukämper has single handily leveled the history’s playing field for a significant populations of Ethiopia. Now it is up to other academicians to build upon that foundation. We as Ethiopians are indebted to Ulrich Braukämper.
No one else would have been able to document this as comprehensively as Braukämper has done given that the system has now ceased to exist. Comprehensiveness aside, no one else would have ever written such a book about Hadiya heritage.