Friday, March 23, 2018

Eyerusalem Abebaw is president Black Student Union at Burnsville High #EthiopiansInMinnesota


“It’s kind of different for me,” said Abebaw, who came to District 191 from Ethiopia when she was 9. “Even though a lot of my friends are people of color, a lot of people in my classes aren’t, because I take higher-level courses like honors and AP. There’s barely any diversity in there, and I’m often the only black person in those classes. So it was very hard for me to be able to express myself in those classes, because even though I was interested in the subjects, I didn’t really feel like I connected with the students.”

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Samuel Getachew is class president at Oakland Tech #EthiopiansInCalifornia


Oakland Tech sophomore class president Samuel Getachew, 15, wrote a poem about guns and racism, which he recited on Wednesday morning to cheers on the steps of his school during the March  For Our lives protest.

It's title is "Arms" and the last, and arguably most powerful, line is "when did America fall so in love with the sound of gunshots that she wanted to hear them on her birthday?" 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Kelela is a second-generation Ethiopian American singer #EthiopiansInDC


When Kelela heard that a muralist had recently painted her face onto a brick wall mere footsteps away from the glow of Washington’s historic Howard Theatre, the Washington-area native went to see it. Then she wept. “It makes me feel a sense of belonging,” the singer says, an entire spectrum of emotions flooding into her voice. “If a weird black girl like me — a second-generation Ethiopian — can be on a wall, it means everybody can.”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Samuel Mengistu and Hanna Tesfamikael open a cafe #EthiopiansInDC


Hype Cafe is from engaged couple Samuel Mengistu, who is from Ethiopia, and Hanna Tesfamikael, who is from Eritrea but grew up in Ethiopia. "I came up with the name," Tesfamikael says. "You drink coffee in order to get energy. You get hyper. Let’s just call it hype."

At their coffee shop in the former Il Capo di Capitol Hill space, the owners will bring traditions from home to D.C., including coffee ceremonies on Saturdays and Sundays.  



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Yeweinisht Mesfin died homeless in her car #EthiopiansInCalifornia


I found out she was found in her car in a gym parking lot after suffering a heart attack. She sat in her car for almost a whole month waiting for someone to find her. Why? Because she lived in her car and that gym parking lot was her home. She would use the gym to shower and use the restroom.

She didn’t have enough money to get her own place and my heart broke because all she did was give and give. Never once did she complain. But behind that smile and "good morning, darling" lived a whole different person. A woman struggling and working eight hours shifts for six days for a company that didn’t even bother helping with flower arrangements.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Nardos Osterhart is the funniest person in Grand Rapids #EthiopiansInMichigan


“My background intrigues people. I have this immigrant story,” she said. “I was born in Nigeria and my family is from Ethiopia. I have this perspective of how do I enjoy this new life in America in the context of looking around and feeling like everyone is kind of spoiled, including myself, compared to how I grew up.

“I’d started sharing stories on stage, mostly the set up/punch line theme of a joke, about what growing up was like and from my perspective as a parent dealing with parents who are African immigrants, for example, and that seemed to get a lot of laughs and people enjoyed them.”





Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mesfin Lenth attends Illinois College #EthiopiansInIllinois


When the Ethiopia native stepped onto campus he discovered a welcoming community that supported the type of rich learning experiences he hoped to have.






Ethiopians are the biggest group of migrant workers in Lebanon #EthiopiansInLebanon



There are more than 100,000 Ethiopian migrants in Lebanon working under the kafala sponsorship system, which binds them to one employer. The kafala system applies across the Arab world and is highly criticized by human rights group for exploiting workers and denying them the ability to travel or change jobs. Under the kafala system an employer sometimes holds the worker’s passport, residency and work permits even though the Ministry of Labor states migrants have the right to keep their passport and all legal papers. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Genzebe Dibaba clocked a world-leading time to win the women’s 1,500m #EthiopiansInGermany


The 27-year-old stopped the clock in 3:57.45 in front of a vociferous sell-out crowd of 4,500 at the Messe Halle Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre), just 2.28 seconds short of the 3:55.17 world indoor record time which she set at same meeting in 2014.

Dibaba‘s time ranks as the second fastest indoor 1500m time in history. She also clocked 4:00.13 in Karlsruhe in 2012, which is now the 10th fastest run of all-time.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Yusuf Heyi has a stand at Ukiah Farmers Market #EthiopiansInCalifornia


 He works right now as a social worker but has plans to open a restaurant in Willits or Ukiah eventually. Unfortunately, he does not have the money yet to open his restaurant on his own. Heyi is considering cheaper options like a food truck but is on the lookout for other possibilities. He says he is open to partnering with other people in the community and working towards opening a business with others. Until then, Heyi goes to Farmers Markets in Ukiah, Willits, and even as far as Fort Bragg every weekend to sell his food.

Eden Alene wins Israeli 'X-FACTOR' #EthiopiansInIsreal


Eden Alene, 17, of Jerusalem, an Israel native who was raised by her Orthodox Jewish single mother, began sobbing and hugging her professional mentor Ivry Lider when she was announced the winner of the competition. As the winner of “X-Factor,” she gets a recording contract.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Kasanash Yashna is facing deportation from Israel #EthiopiansInIsrael


Kasanash Yashna, who made her way from Ethiopia to Israel when she was a teenager, and has yet to be granted Israeli citizenship, is terrified about what her future has in store for her after learning that she would be included in Israel’s mass deportation policy of African migrants.

In November last year, she was notified by the Population and Immigration Authority that she had 14 days to leave Israel.


Geremew and Dereje lead record-breaking spree in Dubai #EthiopiansInUAE


Ethiopian runners blazed the marathon course, cutting through the dense morning fog to shatter the course record and create history for the fastest Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.

Once again the Ethiopians established their dominance in the event with all the first 10 finishes in the men’s race being swept away by runners from the nation.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Getachew Engida is the Deputy Director-General of the UNESCO #EthiopiansInChina


Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Getachew Engida, remarked in his speech, “Gastronomy is not only an integral part of the city's cultural identity; it is also a strong driver of its sustainable economic development and social cohesion. The Gastronomy Year will also provide an opportunity for Macao to develop regional and international cooperation with partners both within the Network and beyond, strengthening its reputation as a hub of gastronomy.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WebsterX is an Ethiopian-American rapper #EthiopiansInWisconsin

Yacob Girma is a general manager of Lyft Las Vegas #EthiopiansInNevada


“Last year was our best year yet,” said Yacob Girma, general manager of Lyft Las Vegas. “We’ve grown tremendously and have had a ton of impact (on the city). We’re growing rapidly. Week-over-week, month-over-month.”

Girma said that not driving full time leaves more time for drivers to spend with family, take vacations and work other jobs.

“We’ve focused on (hiring veteran drivers) and that number has gone up year-over-year,” Girma said. “We do target hiring veterans because we think it’s important and it’s something we care about because there are a lot of veterans here.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mussie Tesfay is an engineering student at Penn State #EthiopiansInPennsylvania


When Tesfay was 7 years old, his parents decided to move their family from Ethiopia to Uganda. They lived in Uganda for 10 years, most of which were spent in a refugee camp. Uganda provided the family with a new sense of peace and security. It also became a place where Tesfay could explore his passion for engineering.

The refugee camp did not have electricity, so a few of Tesfay’s neighbors bought generators and rented them to other people in the camp. Tesfay decided to start his own business — but instead of buying a generator, he built one.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bill Gates praises Dr. Segenet Kelemu #EthiopiansInKenya


World’s richest man and CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has hailed the efforts of an Ethiopian plant pathologist working to positively impact the lives of small-scale farmers across the world.

Dr. Segenet Kelemu according to Gates, having witnessed the damage locusts wreak in rural Ethiopia, aspired to study agriculture and today “used the power of science to find ways to help farmers grow more food and earn more income.”

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Damot Hailu and Abebe Yohannes are owners of Tana Ehtiopian Cuisine #EthiopiansInCanada


Yohannes drove a cab and Hailu was a health-care aide worker, but they found themselves driven to do something more, something that brought their culture to their new home.

Drawing from Yohannes’s business studies back in Ethiopia and Hailu’s experience in preparing traditional dishes, they opened Tana Ethiopia Cuisine at 302 10th St. in September 2015

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Adom Getachew is a professor at University of Chicago #EthiopiansInChicago


Getachew said in addition to getting a better sense of the breadth of the intellectual life of the University, the resources of the Neubauer program have been invaluable in funding archival research, conference travel and research assistance for her upcoming book, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination, a study of decolonization of the British Empire in the Caribbean and Africa

Friday, December 29, 2017

Ethiopian workers ‘beaten and robbed’ by Saudi police #EthiopiansInSaudiArabia


A group of undocumented Ethiopian workers have said they were subject to serious abuses by Saudi police before they were expelled, including physical and psychological torture and being forcibly held in “dirty” prison camps.

Six Ethiopians told The Associated Press news agency that after being captured by Saudi police officers, some of them were beaten, robbed of their possessions and saw their compatriots shot at and wounded when they tried to escape roundups.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Abinet Clift plays basketball at Trinity Lutheran School #EthiopiansInOregon


Abe’s full name is Abinet (pronounced “Ab-ee-net”), which in Ethiopia means “good example.” And that could not be more fitting. He is a leader for the Saints, always reminding teammates of expectations for on-court play and character.

Eight years have passed since Abe arrived in America, long enough that Greg Clift, his adopted father and a teacher at Trinity Lutheran, sometimes forgets that Abe is not originally from this country.

Sam Leishman's left leg was amputated when he was a baby #EthiopiansInMaine


Born March 26, 2000, in Ethiopia, Sam was abandoned by his mother soon after doctors told her and his father that there was nothing they could do about the infection that had spread through their first-born son’s leg.

Sam knows that amputation was done by “somebody in the village,” and medications kept him from dying. When he was 6, his father put him in an Ethiopian orphanage where he lived for more than a year.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ilfenesh Hadera stars in Spike Lee's new joint on Netflix #EthiopiansInNewYork


Growing up in New York City helped Hadera embrace her identity as the daughter of an acupuncturist and an Ethiopian refugee. “I identify as half Ethiopian, half white. I’m equal parts. I hear so many biracial people say, ‘I didn’t know where I fit in.’ But I grew up in Harlem and went to school on the Upper West Side, where half the students looked like me. I consider myself lucky to have lived in this bubble.”





Friday, December 22, 2017

Lemn Sissay holds Christmas dinner for 500 strangers #EthiopiansInEngland


Lemn Sissay, from Greater Manchester, whose large outdoor works adorn the walls and pavements of the city, hopes his annual Christmas Dinner event helps create positive memories of the festive period for his guests.

He says it can be a difficult time for those who have spent time in the care system. Sissay, who was in care as a baby and between the ages of 12 and 18, has seen his idea snowball from a single event in 2013 to 12 taking place across the country this year.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Millen Wolde-Selassie is co-founder of nomi-london.com #EthiopiansInLondon


nomi-london.com, launched by female entrepreneurs Noemie Achache and Millen Wolde-Selassie, curates gift sets specifically designed for expectant and new mothers.

Ranging from individual items such as baby changing bags and face cleansers to bespoke gift boxes that can be tailored to an individual, the duo wanted to create an offering with design at its core – that really had women as its focus.


Solomon Siyoum and Hadush Wereth are a member of Debre Berhan Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church #EthiopiansInFlorida


From the Mathews Bridge downtown, see the red, yellow and green—the colors of the Ethiopian flag—that stripe the old gothic belltower, bright shades of spirit in the center of a drab post-urban emptiness.

The dark-brick church housed the congregation of Fairfield Methodist for 73 years and has been home to Debre Berhan Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church since 2005. The cornerstone reads “Livingston Mission Methodist Episcopal Church 1912”; the sign out front bears the current congregation’s name in Amharic.

Kalkidan Gebreyohannes is the owner of KALU, a collection of high-end luxury handbags #EthiopiansInCalifornia


Kalkidan Gebreyohannes was tired of the void she saw for Black designers who created high-end, luxury handbags. Rather then try to work her way into another white-washed company, she simply decided to disrupt the entire industry.

The Oakland-based designer came up with the concept for her brand, KALU, which is what her friends call her. She is a self-taught entrepreneur with roots in Ethiopia, Canada, and Southern California, and a mother of three.