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Worth a Thousand Words

3:20 Highlights : Theme : Motherhood::

This week, we are highlighting two people who submitted their pictures by either posting their pics on social media using #WorthThousandWords or emailing us directly. Both provided a backstory to their submissions which moved us greatly, Betty Beke and I decided to highlight two submissions instead of one.

Rebecca’s Picture

Rebecca and her son.

Rebecca’s story: My story of motherhood is not a traditional one because I’m a birth mother that was fortunate enough to find my biological son after 30 years of not even knowing if he was alive. This was taken the day that we first saw each other. Anyway, I refused to terminate my pregnancy as I was asked to do by my mother. She said if I kept him, I couldn’t come home. So, I did what I could for him and I gave him his life. We remain in contact mainly through messaging because he lives in the western United States. We first made contact in early April of 2009 and I was very grateful for the adoption reunions registry in the state in which he was born for helping me find him.

The first day that I talked to him I said, I want your parents to know then I don’t want to take their place or anything like that I just want to know you. He said that his parents put me high on a pedestal because I made it possible for them to have a family. He’s my only son my only child. I also told him in the last several months I said I know you have an entire life that doesn’t have anything to do with me. He told me to contact him anytime and then he went on to say “Everything that I am has to do with you.”  He is married and he is an educator and a basketball coach and he has four children of his own. I would do it all over again to make sure that he got here alive.

Dilip’s Picture

Dilip’s story: Here’s a painting from my earlier work of a #mother and child depicting the love they share. The painting also addresses where the East meets the West as in the composition where a mother sits down to have a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony in an apartment setting in the western world having migrated from the east. I called it “Coffee Break” as a result .

Rules & Guidelines

This week’s theme is motherhood and the significance of mothers in the family structure, keeping social order and furthering human life. Use #WorthThousandWords #GhionJournal and post pictures on Instagram and Twitter or send your pictures directly to us. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, March 19th and we will post the picture below as well as on IG account and our Twitter account.

The aim of #WorthThousandWords is to invite our audience to contribute content to the Ghion Journal and in the process give people who are doing amazing work a platform to get their work out. Let’s get this started, we will be on the lookout in our email inbox, please use “Worth Thousand Words” in your subject header just use #WorthThousandWords #GhionJournal to take part. You can see last week’s winner below; scroll all the way to the bottom to see rules and entry requirements. Peace.

3:12:2019: Submission by @SexyHabesha, picture taken by @4Zeleman

Theme: Unity

This picture was chosen because, from prince to pauper, humanity is united as one. See “Worth a Thousand Words” submission guidelines below the picture.


In our effort to tear down the walls between the writers and our readers and to also draw in the thinkers who love to express themselves through pictures as much as we love to express ourselves through words, we are starting a new initiative at the Ghion Journal called “Worth a Thousand Words”. This space will be reserved for stories that are told and emotions that are conveyed through pictures alone.

Once a week, on Monday evenings, we will announce the theme of the week. We will then put out an open call for people to submit pictures to us via email ( with their picture along with their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account handles. You can also submit your pictures by posting them on Twitter and Instagram and using #GhionJournal #WorthThousandWords. The following Sunday, we will announce the winner for the week by posting the winning picture here along with the winning creator’s account information that will link back to their social media account. We want to help give visibility to others as people give us visibility, this is the essence of people empowering each other while they empower themselves. In Ethiopia, we call this hebret, in America, this is known as lifting as we climb.

For the launch of this effort, we are going to highlight a picture that is submitted to us via email or uses #GhionJournal #WorthThousandWords between now and 12AM EST [two hour window]. Get your submissions in now.

While we are looking for awesome pictures, don’t feel limited if you are using your cell phone or even scribbling on a notepad, whatever medium you use to get us the picture, what matters more is the message the pictures are conveying more so than the quality of the picture. Submit your pictures to or use hashtags #GhionJournal #WorthThousandWords when you post your pictures and we will announce this week’s winner on Sunday. The winner will also get a Ghion Journal t-shirt on top of being featured here. Make sure to follow us on Instagram so that we can tag the weekly winners as we announce them. You can find us on IG @GhionJournal.

Let’s get the ball rolling, this week’s theme is unity.

For people who might be running into this website for the first time, what is the Ghion Journal about? Find out about the Ghion Manifesto and find out about our vision and mission below.

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Teodrose Fikre

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Teodrose Fikre is the co-founder and editor 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.
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