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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 second book! Coming soon!!

My second book! Coming soon!!

If you are curious about the extraordinary evolution of China-Africa relations in the 21st century, look no further. Lina Getachew Ayenew has spent the past five years documenting China's emergence as a key player in Africa's economic development, distilling mega-themes from the work of leading researchers. Whether you are a student, journalist, diplomat, or business executive, "The Complete Beginner's Guide to China-Africa Relations" will provide the tools you need to understand the link between China and Africa, which together represent more than 1/3 of the world's population. This series covers the 2014-2018 time span, a crucial period in this shared history: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) roared across the globe, Africa welcomed Chinese tech advances and educational opportunities, China banned domestic ivory trade and Trump was elected. Lina discusses this and much more.  

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