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Posts published by “Teodrose Fikre”

Teodrose Fikre is the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.

Smile Kid, Everything is Going to be OK

A couple of days ago, while waiting to get an update about a situation that has been a source of great stress, I found myself overridden with anxiety about the future. My mind was racing with thoughts of failure and the fear of being subsumed by depression yet again. It was at this exact moment that a stranger walked by and said some unexpected words that gave me a temporary reprieve from worry and sparked…

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