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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.

CGTN about my second book

CGTN about my second book

Full article on CGTN News

‘‘From launching the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to cracking down on ivory trade to protecting African elephants, understanding the nuances of the intricate China-Africa relations is indeed a daunting task.

The upcoming book of researcher-turned-author Lina Getachew Ayenew, "The Complete Beginner's Guide to China-Africa Relations: Mega themes from five crucial years," aims at providing snapshots of vital issues dominating the relationship between the two economies.

"People interested in learning about China-Africa relations, but who are not experts in the field, are often clueless about where to begin. I hope this book can be beneficial to them," Ayenew told CGTN.

Covering a five-year span from 2014 to 2018, which Ayenew describes as "a crucial period" for both economies to advance "win-win cooperation," the book offers data extracted from white papers on a range of issues.

Some of the significant events during the researched period include the launch of BRI in mid-2013, African nations opening their doors for China's technology and education sectors, and China closing its domestic ivory market in early 2017.

The author also highlights one major turning point she touched on in her book: Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential elections and "altering the geopolitical dynamics."

The book's narrative includes Chinese technology giants revolutionizing the African continent's telecom sector, investment in health care to control diseases like malaria, and infrastructure projects like developing railways. Collaboration between China and Africa spans a range of areas, and each one of them is crucial, she said.

Ayenew turned the body of research she's worked on into a book format to provide a starting point for people trying to make sense of China-Africa relations.

The idea for the book came from her early days when she was preparing to leave Ethiopia to work in Beijing. 

"I was clueless about where to start developing my knowledge about the two economies," she said.

"So, that is why the book is called a beginner's guide, so it's for someone who really has no idea where to start, which was my situation, a few years ago."

A cohort of researchers, academicians, and bureaucrats have produced in-depth work on China-Africa relations, but Ayenew has set herself apart.

"I have tried to balance diverse perspectives to provide a holistic view of China-Africa relations."

The book launch is scheduled for February 20.

My second book featured on the Beijinger Magazine

My second book featured on the Beijinger Magazine

My book was displayed at the African Union library!

My book was displayed at the African Union library!