Bekele is Director of UK Welcomes Refugees. He loves Community Organising. Building the power of civil society is important for Bekele as he believes that organised Civil Society is the backbone of democracy. As a human rights advocate, Bekele believes we should do a lot to make the world a better place to live in; a place of tolerance and respect. Bekele writes about different issues on different platforms. This blog reflects Bekele’s personal views. One Love! አለፎ አልፎ ይህችን ብሎግ ጎብኘት ያድርጓት።
25 September 2019
‘My Name Is Why’ – perfect birthday gift
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am not that good at choosing a birthday gift or gift of any type. This is
partly because I hate shopping and the stress associated with it. My son’s 15th
is something to celebrate and once again some work to look for a perfect gift
to the big boy.
my son turns 15, I thought I should look for a surprise gift so fitting that he
remembers it for a while. I didn’t know how, but I had to. Once again, I had to
resort to online shopping. Hence after some deep thinking and consultations, I
thought I should book some exciting show as a gift and see his reaction. I
looked for events we can both go to and enjoy whilst it is something that could
inspire him. As soon as I knew Lemn Sissay would have an event in London, I
thought that would be a great opportunity. Yes, I was right. It really paid
31st at Rich Mix in London was astonishingly beautiful. It was a day of poetry,
moving stories by the one and only one Lemn, great azmari bet music by Zewditu
and contemporary music by DJ Sami, hosted by Selam Amare and co. Above all my
son had the opportunity to get his signed copy of Lemn Sissay’s newly published
memoir ‘My Name Is Why’. Both my son and I have had chance to read
this heart wrenching and astonishingly breathtaking book and chance to reflect
on life and the misery and blessings associated with it as we live our daily
lives. Happy that I decided to go for it. ‘My Name is Why’ is indeed a perfect
you’re thinking of a small, but memorable gift, go for this great book. Happy
I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; a country dubbed to be the cradle of mankind. I live in London, one of the greatest and cosmopolitan cities in the world. I love this amazing city. I also have seen beautiful cities in Africa, Europe, and North America. Thanking God for these great experiences in life.
Professional wise, I am a Director of an organisation with extensive Community Organising experience. My job brings me in touch with people from across the world who relentlessly work hard to bring the kingdom of heaven on earth. People ready to change the world from ‘as it is’ to ‘as it should be’.
I am concerned about the global refugee crisis. Many people across the world are persecuted for their religion, race, political belief, sexual orientation, and other reasons. It is disheartening to see fellow humans denied the right to a decent life.
I hate it when some abuse others using their POWER. I also hate it when leaders cling onto power by force. Hence defending human rights is more than important for me. It is down to my generation to identify, train and coach the next generation of leaders and empower them with hope and love. The next generation deserves better.