2019 was cheerful for Ethiopians not only because the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). More Ethiopians were recognized for their outstanding contributions.
President Sahle Work-Zewde has been nominated has been ranked number 97 on Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, and she is the only African. The CNN’sHeroes has best owed Frewoyni Mebrahtu who advocates for human dignity and fights misconceptions towards menstrual cycle during puberty. Her contests for recognition of nature and for open discussions about the period have paid off and received a heroine recognition in the face of a global audience.
Derartu Tulu, the first Ethiopian female athlete to win Gold at the Olympics is currently leading the Ethiopian Athletics federation. Shehas won the 2019 Premio Menarini International Fair Play Award for “Career in Fair Play” category, in appreciationfor her distinguishedprofessional career.In general, 2019 was a plausible year for some 20 Ethiopians living in Ethiopia and abroad to win awards in the fields ranging from human rights to academic excellences.