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Changing the image of Ethiopia

Berhanu-Kebede1As part of the OBV’s international agenda Director Simon Woolley recently met up with Ethiopia’s Ambassador Berhanu Kebede

During the extended hour long lunch meeting the two men, along the Ambassador’s press aide Gail Warden, touched upon a number of key issues.

The Western perception of Ethiopia played a large part in the discussion. The Ambassador (pictured above) lamented the fact that despite the real progress his country has made over the last ten years particularly in regards to tackling poverty, in many EU countries including the UK, many still view his country as the famine consumed nation that dominated our screens in the Eighties.

‘We recognise we still have much to do, but it’s a shame those positive elements within our proud nation never get reported,’ insisted the Ambassador.

OBV’s director, Simon Woolley was encouraged by the meeting for a number of reasons, not least because the Ethiopian embassy wanted a dialogue the Britain’s Black communities.

Woolley stated: ‘I’m sure greater understanding and collaboration will follow from this important meeting. I’m particularly pleased that the Ambassador was very keen on the idea – first muted by Lee Jasper – for a UK based ‘African Academy’.

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