P4P medium Grant
“Theatre as Action: Imagining peace and stability in South Omo through effective governance and fair representation”
Olisarali Olibui Tongolu (PI), Shauna LaTosky (Co-I), Alexandra Genova (Co-I), Ben Young (Co-I) and Tesfahun Hailu (Co-I)
Olisarali Olibui Tongulu is an agro-pastoralist from the Salamago district, South Omo Zone, in Ethiopia; and he is the first member of the Mursi tribe to film an award-winning documentary (Shooting with Mursi). The Mursi have never had a Member of Parliament to represent them in the House of Peoples Representatives; and they remain excluded from local, regional and national politics in what remains a highly centralised system. However, since coming to power in 2018, Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has introduced radical reforms and announced renewed political commitment to democratisation. Olisarali asks what deeper democracy and effective governance might look like, with particular reference to political representation, engagement and inclusiveness of the Mursi people. He will write a play in his native language in collaboration with a local playwright and filmmaker, Tesfahun Hailu, to be performed in Addis Ababa by and for politicians – who, through this dual participatory role, will be invited to question their stereotypes about the Mursi and to imagine a more inclusive world of politics in South Omo.