While transcribing the interview I conducted with Dr. Toni Locher, founder of SUKE (Swiss Support Committee for Eritrea), I couldn’t stop my eyes from tearing up. What a history we have and what a friend and partner SUKE has been to the Eritrean struggle and nation. On the 40th anniversary of SUKE, comrade and compatriot Dr. Toni Locher shares his memories.
How about a Fitness Model for today’s Q&A? Semret Russom is an Eritrean-American athlete and business owner who is active in a sport that may not be very common among many cultures across the world: fitness modeling. It’s a sport which demands relentless workouts and a muscular build and very little body fat. It’s a field which has become very popular and competitive in the Western world over the years. She was born in Eritrea and moved to America 23 years ago as a young child. Semret received her inspiration by looking at bodybuilding models and made her dream come true five years ago, which had changed her life for the better. She is a lady with a specific mission to inspire women from all cultures to achieve their goals. Here is an interview by Michael Seium from the Eri-International Sports Blog conducted with Semret Russom posted on www.tesfanews.net
Time goes by and generations come and go, but no early life of any Eritrean youth passes without beholding a miracle. This makes Eritrea a place of legends that needs to be preserved and passed down but, unfortunately, the humbleness of our culture prevents such chronicling. Imagine hearing our forefathers’ and foremothers’ gallant history while camping… a priceless experience not to miss. And so nowadays, even if in small measure, such platforms are being organized by both senior and young volunteers.
The Women’s Association of Blikat is responsible for this commendable effort. Senior journalist Mrs. Mana Kidane conducted a televised live interview with the chairperson of the association, Captain Adhanet Ukbay aka Cairo, of which I present a written account.
“Cycling is not just a sport in Eritrea, it is a way of life. For years Eritrean fans had passionately filled the streets of Asmara on the weekends to watch even the smallest of cycling tournaments. Fans are crazy about the sport but the athletes who take center stage on game day; breath eat and live cycling, the people who train them for such occasions are devoted to the sport beyond what words can describe. To be an athlete is another thing, but to be a coach is a whole different aspect of the game. Taping into the science and human of it all in order to bring the best out of your players, requires patience, skill and brilliance. Samsom Solomon has all those traits, the once remarkable cyclist turned an even more remarkable coach is at the helm of Eritrea’s cycling success. Q&A presents the brains behind the tactics.”
Today is the 7th Commencment of the Orotta School of Medicne, every Eritrean would agree that we are blessed with amazing doctors. The history of Eritrean doctors starting from the days of the armed struggle is a history of humanity; and just like their forefathers and foremothers, here we are now, with amazing young professionals who continue the legacy. Thus on this special juncture, we are with a special guest today; last years’ graduate Dr. Dawit Tesfai.
The things that make the Eritrean people exceptional are endless, but one that astonishes me in particular, is the fact that when an Eritrean does something big and important we all feel extremely proud, as if we actually rolled our sleeves, got our hands dirty and sweated ourselves.
On the eve of 2017, I had the pleasure of having a one-to-one conversation with an Eritrean woman who is living proof that hard work and determination pay off. Her name is Terhas Asefaw Berhe, an inspirational entrepreneur who has worked tirelessly to accomplish her dream by founding her own company, Brand Communications, based in London with offices across Africa with the motto ‘building iconic brands in Africa’. In today’s edition, let’s give you a glimpse of our interesting chat.