Berhanu Zerihun as described by his own children

In response to my request to share with me their recollections of their father, the renowned writer and journalist Berhanu Zerihun’s children, Tsega, Tensae, and Michael kindly sent me the following snippets. Our father was a man who kept to…
Meet Rebecca Iyob, EBC’s Francophone Anchor

Rebecca Iyob is a young, confident, and professional anchor and consultant at the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate (EBC). Having recently returned from maternity leave, which is stressful enough to anchor a daily news on its own merit, she anchors French news…
Journalist and Author Negash Gebre-Mariam

It was a pleasure to talk to the revered journalist and author, Negash Gebre-Mariam. He is an imposing presence and he looks vigorous for a 90-year-old man but prostate cancer is weakening him these days, he says. It probably shows…
Veteran Journalist and diplomat Mairegu Bezabih

It was a delight to have the opportunity to interview the veteran journalist, lecturer, and diplomat Mairegu Bezabih a week ago. A sprightly man with white hair, large forehead and darting eyes in metal-framed glasses, Mairegu has a fretful look…
Renowned Ethiopianist Donald Levine passed away

Renowned Ethiopianist, sociological theorist Donald N. Levine has died at the age of 84. His son, Bill Levine announced this morning that “Gash Liben, Ethiopian scholar, lover of Ethiopia, founder of the Aikido Ethiopia Project has passed away today at…
Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days

Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days by Richard and Rita Pankhurst, (2013) 293pp, Tsehai Publhsers, Sylvia, Richard and Rita Pankhurst have long been renowned figures in Ethiopia “for their loyal championing of Ethiopia’s nationhood, their creative institution building, and their personal generosity”,…
Taffara Deguefé (1926-2015)

Taffara Deguefé, who died on March 6 aged 89, was a famous banker and perhaps Ethiopia’s best known figure in international financial circles. He was bank governor of the National Bank to the Emperor and Mengistu and he later worked…
Samuel Yirga named one of Africa’s 50 rising stars

Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga has been named among the 50 Africa rising stars by the prestigious Paris-based the Africa Report Magazine. According to August–September 2014 edition of the magazine, Samuel is named along with 50 other African rising talent. Through…