Pride of the Nation – 3 Influential Ethiopians


The stories of three Ethiopians who have achieved to increase the renown and reputation of Ethiopia on the international stage. Coming from various backgrounds, they have managed to do great things outside their native country.

Their lives and achievements are detailed in this wonderful video.

Notable Achievements and Accolades
Dinaw Mengestu – Novelist, Teacher, Journalist
• Georgetown University, B.A. in English
• Columbia University, Master of Fine Arts in Fiction
• The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, 2007 – Novel
• How to Read the Air, 2010 – Novel, Winner of the 2011 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
• All Our Names, 2014 – Novel


• Guardian First Book Award, 2007
• New York Times Notable Book 2007
• 2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
He is the Program Director of Written Arts at Bard College, New York.
Woyneab ‘Wayna’ Miraf Wondwossen – R&B, Soul Singer/Songwriter
• University of Maryland, B.A. in English and Speech Communication

• Moments of Clarity, 2004 – Quiet Power Productions (owned by Wayna)
• Higher Ground, 2008 – Quiet Power Productions
• The Expats, 2014 – Quiet Power Productions
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the USA.
Kassahun Tsige (now Marcus Samuelsson) – Restaurateur and Chef
• Culinary Institute in Göteborg, Sweden

• Executive Chef, Restaurant Aquavit, 1995
• Guest chef for the first State Dinner of the Barack Obama Presidency, November 24, 2009
• Judge on the American television series The Taste, 2014
• Owner, Red Rooster

• The Soul of a New Cuisine, 2006 – “Best International Cookbook”, James Beard Foundation
• Yes, Chef, 2012 – co-written with journalist Veronica Chambers
• Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life, 2015

• New American Table
• The Soul of a New Cuisine
• Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home
• The Red Rooster Cookbook
He has a wife and two children. He lives in Harlem, New York.