Hika Fekede Dugassa is Ethiopian writer and university lecturer. He obtained both his BA in Foreign Languages and Literature (2005) and MA in Literature (2010) from Addis Ababa University and has an MA in performing arts (2012) from J.W. Goethe Universities in Frankfurt am Main and University of Copenhagen. After completing his studies, he has worked at Jimma University as a Lecturer in Oromo Literature (2005-2010), and in November 2011, Dugassa published Portrayal of Children and Elders in Wolliso Oromo Proverbs. He has also written a collection of poems in his native Oromo entitled Gingilchaa Cirrachaa.
While studying for an MA in performing arts in Europe 2010-2012, Dugassa was involved in the creation and performance of four theatre productions focusing on socio-political issues in Ethiopia under the name Hika&Valborg. The last of these productions, Archiv 1, 336-1,337, was invited to two theatre festivals in 2012: Global Emotional Dialogue in Copenhagen and the International Ibsen Festival in Oslo.
In case of the latter, the performance took place without Dugassa due to his arrest in August 2012 and his subsequent escape from Ethiopia. He was accused of criticizing the Ethiopian regime in his teaching at the university, allegations which had already earned him several warnings from state security agents prior to his departure for Europe in 2010.
During his study at university of Addis Ababa he actively involved in student protest for which he was suspended for two years from his studies. Dugassa was also an active member of opposition political party that he joined in 2009 during his MA study at the University. He fled from Ethiopia in 2012 after he was subjected to life threatening situation.
He was ICORN guest writer in Molde City of Refuge in Norway from 2013-15. Currently (2016), he is studying Literacy studies (MA) at the university of Stavanger.