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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.

With Eric and Cobus on the China-Africa Project

With Eric and Cobus on the China-Africa Project

What an amazing honor to be featured on a podcast that I have been listening to for years!

While there are a growing number of books that explore the China-Africa relationship, most are written either by scholars or journalists who are experts in the field and are written in a style that is often inaccessible for people new to this subject.

Beijing-based author and social entrepreneur Lina Getachew Ayenew saw this as the perfect opportunity to write a China-Africa book “for everyone else.” She was well-positioned to do so given that she had spent years producing easy-to-understand summaries of China-Africa news and events for readers in Beijing. So Lina pulled together five years of those digests as the source material for her a new book that chronicles China-Africa relations from the years 2014-2018.

Lina joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the book, The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa Relations, and to share her views on some of the key “mega themes” that are shaping China-Africa relations today.

Listen to the full Podcast here

Yale Africa-China Conference 2019

Yale Africa-China Conference 2019

I was featured on Yale News!

I was featured on Yale News!