Fikadu Wari Gerbi: From Producing Talent to Unearthing it



"Music was always in my soul," Fekadu, creator of Ambassel Records, informs Fortune. Before producing hits by Tilahun Gesesse and Mohammed Ahmed, 55-year-old Fekadu took electronic courses at Tegbare'ed. He started out i...


Henok Temesgen: Jazzy Newyork To Hometown, Addis


  Before working with famous Ethiopian musicians like Aster Awoke, Bizunesh Bekele, Tilahun Gessesse, and Tewodros Kassahun, Henock Temesgen, 54 studied at Howard University and earned a degree in Civil Engineeri...


Merara Gudina: Activism to Exile, Egypt to Education, Teaching to Politics


As most of the youth of his generation, Merera Gudina (PhD), now in his early 60's, began his political activism back in 1970’s. He was active in the student movement during the imperial regime and, upon the fall of th...


Negaso Gidada: Overwhelmed By Past Reflections


He was the most important person twenty years ago, approving the landmark that signifies a chapter in the Country’s political history. Back from a very private life for almost twenty years in Germany, He had a lot to l...


Sabir Argaw :A Soapy Slope from Rags to Riches


Standing in his opulent two-storey roof top office, where tall glass doors lead out to balconies that look down on to Piassa, one would not believe how humble the man behind the empire is. His non-descript brown suit and...


Zadig Abraha: Young Man Growing in Office


He is is a leap. Holding high assignments in public offices, he was a new face with the new office responsible for coordinating and mobilising resources to Renaissance Dam. As he said, it might well be his reading that p...


Branding: Vision, Ideas, Products That Tell Stories


Farah Golant is now CEO of Girl Effect International, the entity behind Yegna, a programme deeply rooted in Ethiopian culture and designed to highlight and address the situation of girls. She has been in this post for...


Do or Die of Political Liberalization


Alex de Waal (PhD) is new neither to book writing nor to the subjects he is interested in writing about. A product of a literary family - his mother was a writer on religion - he has written or edited 15 books, including...


AfDB’s Home Grown Approach to Financing Africa


Recently elected to the Presidency of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, in an exclusive interview with Fortune during the 26th Summit of African Union, shared the Bank’s “high five” priorities for Afr...


Interview: Dissecting Arkebe Oqubay’s Made in Africa


Arkebe Oqubay (PhD) is a believer in meticulous and perfectionist approach. During the course of his research for his doctoral thesis, Arkebe had an interview with a senior manager of the state utility company where he r...


THE STATE OF WORK


Selim Jahan (PhD) is a popular face in the sphere of human development. As director of United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) office, responsible for the flagship global report, Ja...


ITALY CALLS FOR WORKING TOGETHER


Riccardo Monti is president of the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, a government agency mandated to promote help the internationalization of Italian companies. With the major purpose of informing Italian companies about t...


THE POLITICS OF MIGRATION


For Federica Mogherini, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and vice-president of the European Commission, the time is opportune to redraw Europe’s relationship with Africa...


Interview: The Singularly Focused Man


Ethiopia is to launch mega sized industrial parks in close to five locations for investment of 30 billion Br, on around 20 million square meters of land to be covered with factories, and service facilities. Hoping to boo...


A Dialogue Not of the Deaf


Ethiopia is Ambassador Greg Dorey's second posting after his term in Hungary. In his own terms, he has been doing four jobs as he is the UK's envoy to Ethiopia and Djibouti, as well as the African Union and UNECA. Fortun...


The Art of Cooperation: There Is Much More Than Meets the Eye


The Japan Africa Business Investment Forum, organised by IC Events and Nikkei Business Publications, in close partnership with Flawless Events, a local event management company, saw the participation of high-level Japane...


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