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Lemn Sissay is an Ethiopian-British author and broadcaster. He is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organization, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters.

The last quarter of 2016 has been a rather successful year for Abel Tesfaye. Abel – the 26-year-old better known as The Weeknd –topped of the charts.

Many recognize him as the founding member and chairperson of the board of the Ethiopian Musicians’ Association and as a relentless fighter for the respect of copyright laws. 

John Lumkes (PhD), faculty advisor in the College of Engineering at Purdue University in the US, has met up and partnered with Abrham Endrias, a 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellow who travelled to Washington and came back honing his business skills.

Aisha Mohammed (Eng.), 38, was appointed construction minister in the new cabinet of Prime Minister Hailemaraim Dessalegn.

In his 2008 election victory speech, Barack Obama referred to 106-year-old Ann Nixon Cooper as a woman “born just a generation past slavery; a time…

Currently working as a private consultant after establishing Periscope Consulting Company, which he serves as president, Ned Mitenius is a US Navy veteran with a three-decade-long experience in the field of food safety. 

James Edwin is coordinator for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) executive secretariat at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

His recent position as a country manager, before joining Lenovo, was with Acer. Mohammed Hilili was overseeing North West Africa, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.