Malayali writes biography of Ex-Ethiopian Prez

Saturday, Jul 25, 2015,20:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Indian Author Sivakumar K P  has authored the first official biography in English language of Ethiopias Former President, Dr. Girma Wolde Giorgis, one of the few popular leaders of Ethiopia who adorned the presidency for the longest term — 2001 to 2013.
Sivakumars book titled, Under the Shade of A Gaashe is considered to be the first biography of a living African leader written by an Indian.
The author said here today he had spent several months, staying with the Former President, analysing personal documents, pictures and undertaking structured interview, ferreting our information on the engaging life of the leader.
The release of the biography was held at the official residence of the Former president in Addis Ababa on July 15.
Seventy-five-year-old General Wasihiyun Negatu, 1964 laureate of the Emperor Haile Selassie’s highest military honour and a close associate of the 91-year-old Former President formally released the book by handing over the first copy to the latter.
Dr  Girma Wolde Giorgis has a life of diverse experiences. He began as a soldier who became commander of a hundred. Later he became an expert in air navigation. He was an agriculturist for a short period and also the speaker of the imperial parliament in 1961. When he became president of Ethiopia, he was elected unanimously for two continuous terms.
His life has almost every ingredient of a common man who elevates to extraordinary heights. Hence his biographical sketch should be an important source of reference for inquisitive readers, General Wasihiyun said.
On the occasion, Mr Sivakumar was conferred with Award of Excellence by Dr. Girma Wolde Giorgis in recognition of the unique community reach programmes the former had introduced in Ethiopia during his stay from 2010 to 2015.
A citation issued commends on Love Link for Lake Wenchi. Mr Sivakumar had conceived safeguarding a degrading volcanic Lake Wenchi organizing massive farmers movement and improving academic quality by launching Ethiopias first-ever lecture series dedicated to the Late Wangari Maathai.
Sivakumar reached Ethiopia in 2010. He was working with various private colleges as lecturer in workplace communication before joining Micro Business College at Ambo as Coordinator for Research, Development and Communication.
His wife Dr. Akhila S. Nair was serving as Assistant Professor in Environmental Science with a government university named, Ambo University.
He said the book will soon have an international edition published from India. Noted Japanese author, Prof. Mami Yamada of Meiji Gakuin University, who has written preface for the Ethiopian Edition, has expressed her interest to produce a Japanese version. Mr Sivakumar will also make a Malayalam translation of the book, too.