Ethiopian Airlines welcomed me to Addis with a red yellow and green bouquet of flowers in my hotel room at The Hilton.
I’m here i to launch “Let There be Peace”. It is the first landmark poem in Ethiopia. It is erected at The British Council in Addis Ababa. I am extremely proud of this moment in my life. All my landmark poems are here. The picture below was taken the night before the launch.
I love to be with my Ethiopian audience after a performance and take as many selfies as possible – Photographed by Matt Andrea.
I visited Perfan to deliver some laptops with my friend Meseret Fikru from The Economic Commission. It’s one of my favourite places in Addis. “This is a Children’s Home?” I said to one of the young people. “No this is our home” she replied.
I visited the A & E kindergarden run by Azeb Alfred the sister of my magical Godmother Ethiopia Alfred.
And I made new friends like the extraordinary philanthropist designer and model Anna Getaneh.
And I got to be with old friends too. Here’s photographer Aida Muluneh. I value our friendship more each time we meet. Aida is the most productive and also the most socially conscious photographer coming out of Ethiopia and exhibits her work around the world.
My sister Wuleta is a brilliant woman and I love her.
I spent 8 days in Addis (15th to 23rd November) and these are just some of the happenings. I also gave a talk with The Peace Group at University of Addis with Whitehouse Champion Semhar Araia.
On the day I left I visited Professor Richard Pankhurst OBE thanks to Alula and Konjit. He is the son of Sylvia Pankhurst whowas the sister of Suffragette Christabel Pankhurst. Christabel studied at The University of Manchester. Attaining a degree in law she knew she’d be unable to practise law due to discrimination.
Professor Pankhurst and I spoke of Prince Alemayhu and stolen manuscripts. I am a stolen manuscript returning my story to Ethiopia. And there are others that should also return or be returned.