I’m a digital, multimedia journalist with the Voice of America’s Africa Division, where I cover the latest news from across the continent.
I report and edit in English, Amharic and Tigrigna, and my work has appeared in The New York Times, Poynter.org, Reuters, The Tampa Bay Times and The Washington Post. I also produce data-driven multimedia stories and research trends in analytics and digital journalism.
Russia’s modern presence in Africa hasn’t always taken a positive spin, but Moscow hopes to rebrand the relationship with an ambitious new summit
President Buhari vows to close some Islamic schools known as Almajiris, where raids exposed abuse across northern Nigeria
In an interview with VOA’s Eskinder Firew in May, Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, discussed his country’s relationship with neighbor Eritrea, judicial reforms and the imprint he hopes to leave
The Nile Basin countries are locked in a bitter dispute over how to manage a massive infrastructure project that could produce 6,000 megawatts of power for Ethiopia
Rising temperatures and prolonged droughts mean Zambia needs to take urgent action to stem the effects of climate change, President Edgar Lungu told VOA
The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) announced Sunday that Gabon will get money from Norway to preserve the country’s forests and combat climate change
Condé faces questions over efforts to amend the constitution and stay in power for a third term
Aaron Berhane, a former editor-in-chief and cofounder of Setit, once Eritrea's largest independent newspaper, highlights the plight of colleagues who disappeared after being detained
But Gen. Berhanu Jula, deputy chief of staff and director of military operations in the Ethiopian Armed Forces, downplays IS threat
Roots of the anger against foreigners are difficult to pin down; they make up about 7% of the population, but some politicians and officials have amplified the belief that foreigners own an outsized share of businesses in the country
I make frequent appearances on TV, radio and web shows to discuss events unfolding across Africa. My comments have appeared on VOA broadcasts, Al Jazeera and Newsy.
My father knew we were next. “They’re going to come for us,” he’d say, after Meles Zenawi, then the prime minister of Ethiopia, told the country on national television in July 1998 that Eritreans weren’t welcome.
For years, news outlets in Europe and North America have aimed to cover African places and people in terms familiar to their audiences.
What the country teaches the world about the importance of an independent press.
For years, Boko Haram has carried the dubious distinction of being Africa’s deadliest terrorist group.