By: Dr. Ahmed A. Moen, Professor, Public and International Health, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA
then stood up to deliver his
maiden speech that won him the coveted oratory contest prize in those days.He
went on to become a public speaker of the first order.He
baritone voice that always rings in the ears of his
listeners and mesmerizes his
was one of the pioneers who graced the black and white Ethiopian Television Program in Addis Ababa
in 1960s.An erudite scholar and a handsome man endowed with best command of the English and Amharic languages.He was a first-rate newscaster and a producer of the Nightly English Language Program of the Ethiopian Television.He continued to be a political commentator on the BBC during his exile in England.
The late Dr. Abdul Majid Hussein was an exemplar of his
generation who never shied away from the spotlight of political debates about the future of Ethiopia.As a public figure, he
was never dissuaded by the criticism of his
freelancing and outspoken tell-it-like-it- style.He
was proud of his
religious heritage and free spirited debating style inherent in the Somali culture.He was an urbanite born in Dire Dawa, the melting pot of the Eastern region of Ethiopia.
grew up in the Middle Ethiopia taking advantage of the Ethiopian culture of diversity benefiting from secular education in Ethiopia and Europe.Yet, he became a consummate advocate of the Somali cause and federalist.