Remembering Laeke Mariyam Demessie

Born in Holeta to his father, Shambel Demissie Woldetsadik, and his mother, Sablewengel Mitiku in 1953, Laeke Mariam attended church education when he was school aged. He then attended the primary and secondary education at Emperor Menilk II School from 1961 to 1969.

Following chance of obtaining free scholarship in 1970 to 1971, he attended his education at American Community School (ACS.), and provided with free scholarship (1972) to attend education in U.S.A a year after.

He conducted a research namely “Street Culture” From 1973 to1975 participated in collaboration with Prof. Asmrom Legesse who conducted a research on Addis Ababa University IDR anthropology and Zack Bureau.

He had worked as Ethiopian radio Journalist from 1976 to 1978 in English programs. He had also been employed as a Public Relations Head at Arsi Agriculture Development and Wolayta Agriculture Development Organization from 1978 to 1983.

From 1984 to 1985, he traveled to Germany and attained the high level of education in Journalism. He became Public Relations Head at Ministry of Agriculture from 1986 to 1992, too. He worked as a Deputy Editor in Chief at Rohe Magazine in 1993 to 1994.

He also worked at a reporter position at Voice of America (VoA) English program in 1995.

In 2003, he authored a book titled, ‘Journalism without a teacher’. Besides, from 1997 to 2001 he worked for BBC world service as a reporter.

In 2002 for Radio South Africa (RSA), 2003 Radio France International (RFI), and 2003 in the similar year, Agence France-Press (AFP.)

After all his careers, he prepared articles to contribute various international press agencies translation, and contribute a lot to his nation by participating in number of interviews that has paly big role in the field of journalism.

He was laid to rest in the Holy Trinity Cemetery (Balewelde) on February 5, 2022 in the presence of families, friends, fans and journalists.



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