About The Project


Oral communication in Africa is a means of conveying information and transferring knowledge. On the one hand there is a fast growing transition from an industrial – and service –oriented economy to the information society. On the other hand the oral accounts and knowledge are not recorded in writing exists, that is available to few and it is considered necessary for these to be made available to interested parties in a feasible and meaningful manner, as well as being fed into global networks.

The regional Goethe-Institut of Sub-Saharan Africa in Johannesburg initiated a project entitled “Orality and the knowledge society” with the aim to support the integration of orally shaped communities into the global information society by building a bridge between oral and written knowledge systems. This involves the participation of people from orally based communities in the global information society, as well as the integration of oral information repositories into global information networks.

To the implementation of this big idea different projects have been executed. One of them is the International conference held in Dakar,Senegal, from 17thto 19th May 2010. This conference was organized by the Goethe-Institut Senegal,School for Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (Ecole de Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes - EBAD), Senegalese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (Association Sénégalaise des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes - ASBAD).

The conference was about “Information Society and Oral Cultures: Challenges and Opportunities”, in which the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa also participated. Among many international scholars Mariye Yigzaw from Ethiopia held a lecture entitled “Oral Indigenous: Technique of knowledge creation. The case of Ethiopia”.

After the conference the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa engaged in cooperation with the PhD candidate Mariye Yigzaw in a project of collecting and making online of “Qenes”. You are experiencing more about it in this website.

We were at the last phase of the project, when we heard about the sudden death of Mariye Yigzaw.

Mariye Yigzaw was born on 1st August 1970.He graduated with a B.A. degree in Management in 1992 and MSc. degree in Information Science in 2005 from the Addis Ababa University (AAU). He was a PhD candidate in Information Systems at AAU.

He had more than five years of teaching experience in ICT-related subjects at Addis Ababa University and private colleges (part-time), and had also many years of professional training and management experience in the industry (fulltime).

His research interest is in (indigenous) knowledge management with special focus on indigenous knowledge creation and sharing, using ICT’s for supporting indigenous knowledge management, bridging the gap between indigenous and scientific approaches to knowledge management, data mining, information systems, and technology acceptance. His research-in-progress on “Indigenous Knowledge Creation Practices: The case of Ethiopia” (Boudreau/Monica/Yigzaw 2009) was  accepted for publication and presentation on the 18thEuropean Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) in Pretoria.

He presented his works in different countries like Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, China, Israel and the USA. The following journals were publishing his researches.

-   Workineh, Mariye Yigzaw, Boudreau, Marie-Cloude, Garfield, Monica J., AndLibsie, Mulugeta (2013): Indigenous Techniques Of Knowledge Creation In Qene Schools Of Ethiopia; 46th Hawaii International Conference On Systems Science, January 7-10, 2013; Maui, Hawaii.

-   Workineh, Mariye Yigzaw, Garfield, Monica J., and Boudreau, Marie-Cloude (2010): Indigenous knowledge creation practices: The case of Ethiopia; 18th European Conference on Information Systems, June 6-9, 2010; Pretoria. http://web.up.ac.za/ecis/ECIS2010PR/ECIS2010/Content/Papers/0152.R1.pdf

-   Mariye Yigzaw, Shawndra Hill, Anita Banser, and Lemma Lessa; Using Data Mining to Combat Infrastructure Inefficiencies: The Case of Predicting Non-payment for Ethiopian Telecom. By AAAI Spring Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI-D); March 22-24, 2010; Stanford University.http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/SSS/SSS10/paper/view/1170/1362

-   Ayalew, Elizabeth, Lemma Lessa, and Yigzaw, Mariye (2010): E-commerce Readiness in Ethiopia: A Macro-level Assessment. AMCIS 2010 Proceedings, Paper 130, Peru. http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2010/130

Mariye died in Gonder in the northern part of Ethiopia while he was working on his final paper to be submitted to his PhD dissertation. The late Mariye Yigzaw was married and a father of two daughters.

The Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa passes its deepest sympathy to the loss of Mariye Yigzaw. But on the other hand it is happy to launch this website, which is unique in its kind and values the efforts of Mariye Yigzaw in the last three years.