Ethiopia Interview With Artist Yigerem Dejene - Question time with Ethiopian actor Yigerem Dejene
Question time with Ethiopian actor Yigerem Dejene
Ethiopia is one of the countries in the world with more than three million of its citizens residing in foreign land. From the neighboring Gulf region to places as far as Australia, Asia and the entire western hemisphere, Ethiopians have conquered many places. Just as their numbers Ethiopians in the diaspora are quite diverse in their views; politics looks to be the biggest divisive issue. In spite of everyone’s aspiration to come back and settle in the mother land they call Ethiopia, so far only few have succeeded in this regard. In fact, some are making great strides in the local economy. Hence, in light of the upcoming New Year, The Reporter has approached eight diaspora returnees to ask lighthearted question about their life, their hopes and dreams and what they wish for in the coming year.
There are thousands of Diasporas in the capital involved in all sectors of the new Ethiopian society. In business, charity, nation building and communications, they are helping change the makeup of Ethiopia. For instance, for Addis Alemayehou, who came to Ethiopia from Canada on vacation yet decided to stay in 2001, a frequent happening among many returnees, he has had a busy life. “I have to get a DV (diversity visa) and leave and come back to qualify as a Diaspora now”, he told The Reporter. In our holiday issue, Samuel Getachew of The Reporter converses with a number of Diasporas on a set of topics on heroes, eateries, business, the Weeknd (the international star), American politics and on Ethiopia, and they each had much to say. Hard was finding anyone who liked President Donald J. Trump compared to President Barack Obama.