August 15, 2018

Berhane Meseleab has been singing and playing music for a long time. Berhane has contributed tremendously to the development of modern Eritrean and Ethiopian music. He has worked with many renowned Eritrean and Ethiopian musicians.

Check out his video interview at:


August 14, 2018

I have known Berhane Wedi Atsbu for many years, until recently, I never knew that he wrote the song, "Jemila, Jemila, Gual Asmara/Jemila, Jemila, Daughter of Asmara"/.

I sat down with him at the Eritrean Community Center in Oakland, California. He was accompanied by Qana Eritrea, an Eritrean band.

Camera: Sara Meretab. Editor: Heran Issayas

For the interview, watch the ~20 minutes video at:

December 24, 2017

In mid-December 2017, I was in Dallas, Texas for my youngest sister's graduation in software engineering. Through my previous contact and discussion with Mr. Toldemedhin A.Elife, the youngest son of Aboi (Elder) Abraha Elefe (one of the first Eritreans to come to the US in 1924), I knew that Mr. Toldemedhin's nephew, Mr. Thomas Lee, resides in Dallas.

Mr. Toldemedhin is the only surviving child of Aboi Abraha. The other elder s...

October 16, 2017


In 2017, Eritrean Americans in the USA have conducted several successful events. One of them was, The Asmara World Heritage Exhibition that opened up on September 27, 2017 at the Art Deco Museum in Miami Beach. The event was very successful. The museum is a beach front facility with capacity for 200 people at the popular South Beach section of the city (picture from city’s website).

The event produced a proclamation...

September 13, 2017

While in Asmara last year, I was told that one of Mr. Abraha's son is called Toldemedhin (in memory of Mr. Abraha's brother who passed away at a young age).

After I returned to the U.S., it was not hard to locate an African-American named Toldemedhin Elefe.

Once I  found his number, I called Mr. Toldemedhin and introduced myself and explained to him the reason why I had been looking for him (In one of our conversations, Mr. To...

September 2, 2017

In 2016, I interviewed an older member of the Elefe family in Asmara. He told me that Mr. Abraha first returned  to Asmara to visit his family in the early 1940s. He recalled that when he asked Mr. Abraha about his life, Mr. Abraha replied that he decided to remain in New York instead of returning to the ship, at the behest of two Eritreans who were already residing in New York in 1924. I am doing a research on the other two p...

August 26, 2017

Part I

When do you think the first Eritrean came to the United States? Whenever I pose this question, the answers vary from the late fifties to the early seventies. Well, would you be surprised if I tell you that it was in 1922? And this is not a typo! To be exact, it was actually twice, first  in 1922 and then later in 1924.

How come?

I started this research when a friend of mine told me that a young Eritrean lady wanted to talk...

July 30, 2017

At the invitation of Mr. Peter Thomson, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, I participated at the UN's 4th informal thematic session which was held in New York  from August 24-25, 2017. There were three panels and one summary panel. The opening segment was short remarks by the co-facilitators: Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations, HE Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho  and Permanent...

June 30, 2017

Would you tell us briefly about yourself?

My name is Eden Hailemichael. I'm from the greater Atlanta metro area, or in other words, I grew up in a suburb outside Atlanta called Lawrenceville. Being from Georgia and in close proximity to many Eritreans and Ethiopians  all my life, as well as the listening ear to many stories from my parents/aunts/uncles/cousins about their lived experiences, my Eritrean identity has greatly infl...

June 28, 2017

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Mahlet Ogebe Habte. I lived in Italy for five years, after I finished high school. Also I studied business in the United States for one year and returned to Addis Abeba where I grew up to join in a family business.

After the Ethiopia- Eritrea border dispute, destiny brought me to Norway. While at the refugee camp, painting became my light for the gloomy situation that I was in. I was then accep...

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