Abraham Gebremedhin: Melodious Path From Needing to Giving


Born in the capital, around Gofa, next to Qera almost 40 years ago, Abraham Gebremedhin actually never thought he would become a singer. Although he rushed to school every morning…


Dereje Haile: Re branding himself for a second time

Anyone who has had access to ETV’s sole channel, can identify Dereje and Habteb – the pair that defined the essence of comedy in urban Ethiopia, as they followed in…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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 his latest, titled, The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War, and the Business of Power.


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 African Development. They are energy, agriculture, industrialization, regional integration and improving the quality of life for Africans. SOLIANA ALEMAYEYU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, explores with Adesina, the AfDB’s vision and Ethiopia’s role in realising it on his watch. Adesina, the first Nigerian national to hold the post, previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for five years. Before that, he worked at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1988 onwards until he became the South African area representative to the foundation from 1999 to 2003. He received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ife in Nigeria, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the American Purdue University in 1988.


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 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…


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 the investment climate in various countries across the world and helping them succeed, the Agency has over 65 offices around the world. These offices gather and compile information, disseminating it to Italian companies as relevant to their needs. On the occasion of the opening of an office in Addis Abeba, the President sat with GETACHEW T. ALEMU, FORTUNE OP-ED EDITOR, to discuss what the opening of the office means for the investment relationship between Italy and Ethiopia. Excerpts of that interview follow.


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. The Italian politician, educated in Political Philosophy, believes that current migration saga could serve as a platform to bring change in the way business is done between the two regions. A member of the Italian Democratic Party and European Party of Socialists, Federica believes in inclusive solutions to the problems that plug EU-Africa relations. In this interview with VITA, Afronline and a group of African independent media, including Fortune, facilitated by JOSHUA MASSARENTI of VITA, the high representative talks about the priorities of Europe’s foreign policy.


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 boost its industrial capability particularly the share of manufacturing to the GDP to over 20pc, the government is set to attain structural transformation in the economy. Arkebe Oqubay (PhD), a brain behind this drive, discussed details of the coming into life of industrial parks with Fortune’s MANAGING EDITOR, Tamrat G. Giorgis.


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