An Ethiopian who delights in proving everyone wrong

09.06.2011                      7.Siwan, 5771                      Schawuot 2

Feature:

An Ethiopian who delights in proving everyone wrong

Defying stereotypes, Danny Adino Abebe rose from a humble background and overcame his fair share of discrimination.

Danny Adino Abebe remembers clearly the day he knew for sure he wanted to be a journalist.
“I was in 11th grade, and an army officer came to speak to us about joining the army,” recalls Abebe, who is one of only a handful of Ethiopian-born journalists working today in the mainstream Israeli media. “I asked him if I could join Army Radio, and he said maybe, but only as a driver and most likely never as a mainstream soldier.”
This discouraging attitude toward him simply because he was an Ethiopian immigrant just made the young Abebe even more determined to succeed, and when he was assigned to be a reporter and producer at what is probably the most popular radio station in the country, the 38-year-old knew he had proven everyone wrong….