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Welcome!

I write and speak about Africa-China relations. I also run a social enterprise that aims to bring digital education to Ethiopia.

Both these endeavors are about providing access.

My Africa-China work is aimed at people who do not know much about the space. I have a book series called “The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa Relations.” The Africa-China space is relevant to everyone nowadays. Whether you are a European diplomat or an American aid worker, you need to grasp the basics of China-Africa in order to adapt to the future. If you are an African or Chinese government official, you need to know what’s been done and the role of your counterparts. That’s where I come in. I provide you with the essentials so you can build your understanding on a solid framework. I give you access to condensed, relevant information.

The social enterprise is about making sure that Ethiopian students have access to STEM content in their own languages. Like many students in developing countries, Ethiopian pupils work as well as attend school. If they miss school for whatever reason, especially their science and math classes, they may never catch up. Digitized content will meet them where they left off. With examples and questions that pertain to their own lives. In languages they understand.

Speaking of languages, in 2016, I published the first book in the world that teaches introductory Mandarin Chinese to Amharic speakers. Amharic is the official working language of Ethiopia. I guess this book is what initially connected my Africa-China work to my education work.

Phew! That was long!

If you read all that, we should probably talk. Send me a message or add me on LinkedIn below.

My first book was launched at Addis Ababa University

My first book was launched at Addis Ababa University

My first book, “Dalu: Introduction to Chinese for Amharic Speakers” was launched in May 2016. My parents, my sisters, my close family and friends all joined me. Counselor You Yi from the People’s Republic of China was also an honored guest. The only one missing was my husband, Nathan, who spent days and days designing the layout of the book…he had work and could not come to Addis for the launch. The best moments were:

  1. Seeing my dad tearing up…he was so proud and I was so emotional!!

  2. Speaking in Chinese, Amharic and English so the entire audience would understand what I am talking about.

  3. Explaining how some Chinese characters came to be…and hearing my Ethiopian friend say “Aha! Then is method to the madness!!”

On "Reporter" newspaper, one of the most well-known in Ethiopia

On "Reporter" newspaper, one of the most well-known in Ethiopia

My first TV appearance on the Helen Show (basically the Oprah of Ethiopia)

My first TV appearance on the Helen Show (basically the Oprah of Ethiopia)