Ali Birra receives honorary degree
Renowned Oromigna singer Ali Birra received an honorary doctorate of music degree from Jimma University.The honorary degree represents the highest award from Jimma University. Minister of Health of Ethiopia, Dr. Tewdros Adhanom presented the degree to the singer at commencement ceremony on Saturday June 12, 2010.
On rare occasions, the Jimma University Board of Trustees authorizes the awarding of honorary degrees to individuals who have led lives of distinguished service and professional achievement.
Ali is praised as one of the premiere artists of his generation, dominating the national Oromo music scene.Ali flew to Ethiopia last Thursday from Canada where he is currently based.
Jimma University also conferred an honorary degree to the village chairman of Awra Amba and philosopher, Zumra Nuru.
Awra Amba is a village near Bahr Dar founded in 1985 by chief Zumra and other 20 people to demonstrate to its members and to other Ethiopians that the best escape route from poverty and hunger is not religion or prayer but education and plain hard work.This isolated community, which now consists of about 100 families, prides itself on an egalitarian non-sexist,(the weaving work is shared between men and women)and non-racist policy. The university has recognized Zumra Nuru for his contribution in founding an Awra Amba community and for his contribution in creating betterment in the lives of the community and for his progressive thinking to bring palpable change in the life of the community at grass root level.
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