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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.

I was featured on Yale News!

I was featured on Yale News!

Alumna Lina Ayenew is connecting the dots between Africa and China

When Lina Ayenew ’10 B.A., ’11 M.P.H. first attended an information session on fellowships by the Yale-China Association as a graduate student, she wasn’t sure if she was a good fit. Born in Ethiopia, Ayenew took language classes in French and Spanish — not Mandarin — and had not studied the country or culture. But the association, which has been sending Yale students to China to teach English since 1909, encouraged her to apply, and she soon found herself in Hunan province through the Medical English fellowship teaching a public health course. The program also included an intensive Mandarin course and a crash course in teaching in Hong Kong.

Read full article here

With Eric and Cobus on the China-Africa Project

With Eric and Cobus on the China-Africa Project

Sketch note of my book launch

Sketch note of my book launch