A few years ago, I was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton making a six figure salary consulting agencies at the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir and Department of Treasury and a wide array of defense and civil agencies throughout the Washington, DC metro area. I provided IT and business process improvement consultation for an alphabet soup of federal agencies and led a very comfortable life. I built up an "impressive array" of credentials and degrees; an MBA from Johns Hopkins, a PMP certification as well as a six sigma certified project manager. From the outside, I was the quintessential American success story. But these things, titles and accomplishments, could not fill the void I felt as accomplishments for the sake of accomplishment always felt like I was chasing unfulfilling pavements.
Then the swerve of life happened and in a fell swoop I fell into a crevice of turbulence. Equal parts malicious imposition and my own imprudence took me from upper-middle class comforts to day to day distress that comes with indigence. But where burdens exists, blessings are evident if we only look for them. It was precisely my two year exodus that gave me a revelation of true injustice and gave me the wisdom to pursue truth and justice without regard to the labels and constructs that separate us.
I am a published author and a writer whose speech idea was incorporated into Barack Obama's south Carolina victory speech in 2008 (refer to screen shots of email exchange below for proof since we live in an age of mistrust). Once thoroughly entangled in politics and a partisan loyalist, a mugging by way of reality shed political blinders from my eyes and led me on a journey to fight for universal justice.
I was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed (family tree link) of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, I have been strongly influenced by the history and my connection to Ethiopia. Through my experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, I writes about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.
I have written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. I am the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
What is my story? Well that would be complex, a whale can swallow us at times. Boy do I have a whale of a story. But I chose to give that to God, I focus on what I can change not instead of focusing on the impositions placed upon me. We all have choices in this way, to wallow or to overcome, I chose to become victor not a victim. I found victory in sharing this testimony (My Love, My Legacy) The rest of the story? You have a front row seat to it, I write it daily. To God is the glory, to humanity I pray for eternally.