Congratulations to the lucky winners of our 2014 raffle drawing!
The winning tickets were drawn at ESFNA's Closing Night Ceremony on Saturday July 5th, 2014.
2014 FIAT 500L
Ticket #: 04818
TWO (2) ROUND TRIP TICKETS TO ADDIS ABABA
Ticket #: 10245
ONE WEEK HOTEL STAY AT ESFNA 2015 HOST CITY
Ticket #: 01943
If you possess any one of these winning ticket numbers, please contact Yared Negash as soon as possible.
Secretary (San Jose, CA)
Please note the following:
A special ESFNA award and recognition event took place on Friday August 15th, 2014. The purpose of the event was to recognize the contributions of Ato Girma Zewdie to Ethiopian Soccer and his legacy in Ethiopian soccer history and folklore in the early 60's and 70's. He is probably one of the last of the surviving institution of football players that helped develop the game during its early introduction to Ethiopia. He is more commonly and affectionately known by his nickname Quas Fidelu which translates to "Football is his Alphabet". As evident in his nickname his immense passion for the game and the countless hours he spent sharpening his skills as a young boy sneaking time away from school and chores undoubtedly earned him his nickname.
Quas Fidelu's technical abilities included supreme display of talent using both feet. What made him more unique though was his ability to play with his left foot also which during his era was a skill-set that was very rare. Almost all football aficionados who are 50 years old or above have heard his name growing up because as young boys many would envision their skills to the icon even if they had never seen him play. Those lucky enough to have seen him play or play against him in the 60’s and 70’s on the Rotary Club Field in Addis Ababa (just opposite the current Sheraton Hotel location and where the who’s who of the best in Addis played) were witnesses to his elite dribbling and ball juggling skills. In fact, he would participate in many-a-town-parade showing off his juggling skills leaving spectators open-mouthed in awe.
The award ceremony was organized in partnership with Yisakal Entertainment at the Kaleb Hotel in Addis Ababa and witnessed by several members of the media. Ato Girma, who was accompanied by his wife, son and friends felt elated, grateful and speechless upon knowing that he was the recipient of $60,000 birr which he never expected. Ato Girma was also presented with a personalized trophy and an ESFNA hat by ESFNA Secretary, Yared Negash.
ESFNA would like to thank Sheger FM radio hosts (Seifu and Tadele) as well as sports journalist Genenew Mekuria, Seid Kedir, Tibebu from Fana Radio, Endalk and Maheder in locating Ato Girma and or their coverage of the event. Ato Girma currently works as a guard at a mechanic shop and lives very modestly in a one room dwelling with his wife and three kids. ESFNA invites soccer loving Ethiopians across the world, who may have known or heard about this soccer legend to make a contribution.
On behalf of the ESFNA Board and the Executive Committee, we would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners!
Emnet is a sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She is majoring in political science. Her career goal is to become a lawyer. Her ultimate dream is to go back to Ethiopia and give back to the people that mean so much to her.
Hanan is a junior Public Policy and Global Health double major at Duke University. She sees herself using her health policy education to become a global citizen. Her main interest lies in humanitarian work, with an emphasis on social justice/human rights issues, women's health, and global development.
Yared is a junior at University of California, Riverside. He is majoring in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he plans to get his masters in Health Administration in order to oversee better healthcare standards in the American society. He also dreams of going back to Ethiopia to continue this work in the future.
The ESFNA Scholarship Program provides financial support to outstanding students of Ethiopian origin who are currently pursuing higher education in an accredited institution. The award is based on the applicants’ academic achievements and their response to essay question related to Ethiopia and Ethiopian values.
This year, the ESFNA Scholarship Committee selected the submission by Emnet Shibre, an essay on the effects of protests by the diaspora following the brutal treatment of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East, as the best essay of the ESFNA 2014 Scholarship Contest. Emnet wrote:
"...it is crucial that we as Ethiopians recognize that poverty in and of itself is a massive human rights violation. It was poverty that sent our fellow Ethiopians to places like Saudi Arabia in the first place, and it is poverty that will keep them returning to places where they may be abused if they believe cannot find jobs in Ethiopia. … Ethiopians have already demonstrated to the world that they will not sit silently as their fellow countrymen are abused, and it is important that the diaspora now focuses on strengthening its network. The more we network and communicate with one another, the more solutions we can find to help improve financial and social conditions in Ethiopia, thereby preventing similar situations from occurring in the future."
Click here to read Emnet's submission in its entirety (PDF).