Axumite Media Ltd. is an independent media organization based in Nairobi-Kenya, with a radio and online presence and aspiring to be on satellite TV soon. Axumite is established by visionary journalists and media professionals who fled Ethiopia due to the ongoing genocidal war in the country, ethnic profiling, a total lack of media freedom, and communication blackout in Tigray, one of the regional states in Ethiopia. All of the journalists working at Axumite Media Ltd have horror personal stories and difficult times to remember; escaped arrest and persecution, and most of them were working in media institutions in Addis Ababa and Tigray.
Axumite Media is now producing content aiming at uncovering the atrocities, massacres, and the distraction happening because of the war in Ethiopia, with a particular focus on the people of Tigray. It independently produces content which advances the interests of the people of Tigray in Ethiopia and discusses issues related to the political future of these people and that of Ethiopia.
Axumite Media had been providing content from March to October 2021 in Tigrigna language for Radio Wegahta Tigray, a community radio registered in the USA which was reaching out to the rural people in Tigray. Axumite media was covering the daily news of the station and providing other content targeting the most affected by the war. The radio was a light in the darkness considering the total blockade of information and absolute censorship in Tigray by the Federal government and its allies [Eritrean government and Amhara Regional Forces]. Now, Axumite media owns Axumite Radio and it is broadcasting daily news and other programs at 15340 frequency, 19 meter-band, starting 8:30 pm evening time in Tigray, Ethiopia.
Providing impartially verified information to the people being affected by the war. There is high partisan framing of information and false propaganda, and Axumite through its radio airtime and online platform is trying to become a credible source of information that people could rely on to make informed decisions.
Uncovering the atrocities, massacres, rape, and human rights violations, and reporting on the ramifications of the ongoing genocidal war taking place against the people of Tigray and beyond.
Setting agendas helpful to peace and negotiation, lasting political settlement, and deciding what is important for the future of the people of Tigray.
Preparing the mind of people for the post-war time of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
- News and Analysis (ዜና፣ ሓተታ) – are daily programs.
- Media Review- (ያበለ) –three times a week –reviews and discusses what is on the media regarding Tigray and Ethiopia.
- Reclaims (ንፅረት)- Twice a week and aims to alter wrong narratives perceptions, misinformation, distortions, prejudice, stereotypes, hate, etc. by providing new information, introducing new meanin, and fresh perspective.
- Entertainment (ጠዓሞት)- It’s a weekly entertainment program aimed at breaking the depression, stress, pain and sorrow of the people in the war zone and beyond.
- Agenda (ፍኖት)- Twice a week and focuses on setting an agenda about the future of the people of Tigray, Ethiopia and the horn of Africa. It seeks to understand the real causes for the war, and opens discussion aiming at bringing a lasting solution accordingly.
- Interviews (ሕርያ)- it is twice a week program where selected interviews on current issues are conducted.
- These programs are available on Axumite Radio and all Axumite media online platforms (YouTube, Website, Facebook, Twitter,Telgram, and Instagram).
Basic Monthly Expenses
Requests and Demands
Grants and funds to run the media effectively: So far individual contributors from the Tigray community all over the world have been supporting Axumite Media. However, it is becoming difficult by the day to raise enough resources to cover expenses for obvious reasons. For instance, Radio Wegahta Tigray, the station that Axumite Media used to provide content to, stopped broadcasting a while ago due to lacking resources to cover the 5300$ airwave rent. We are, now, struggling to run Axumite Radio with less airtime than we had in Radio Wegahta Tigray. Therefore, it has become a necessity for us to look for programs’ content-based sponsorships (advertorials), grants, and funds from organizations that could support Axumite’s cause and see it grow as an independent alternative voice in Tigray & Ethiopia.
Relocation to third countries: Axumite’s team members would love to have an independent media institution and in a world where freedom of expression is guaranteed and journalists are protected. We believe that the post-genocidal-war people of Tigray deserve better institutionalized and independent media for the fact that post-war governments could have the potential to be very repressive; exploiting the securitization of politics. This requires moving to a country where the basic freedom of expression and media are respected.
Protection and Safety: Members of the team don’t feel safe and can be abducted anytime by the Ethiopian security and intelligence forces operating in Nairobi. They are so requesting for protection be provided to them from the UN Humanitarian and Human Rights Agencies, the Kenyan Government, and other embassies.
List of Journalists with Short Biography
Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot Teklay is among the founders and the Managing Director of Axumite Media Limited.
Woldegiorgis has more than 13 years of experience in journalism practice, corporate communication management; media management; and journalism and communications education (lecturing and research). He has been practicing journalism on online, print, and broadcast media outlets.
He practiced and managed communication works in an academic and non-academic environment. Woldegiorgis taught courses such as journalism, public relations, advertising media planning, communications, media management, and media research methodology in a university.
Woldegiorgis has studied Journalism and Communication; Culture, Society & Media; Art and Politics; Human Security and Governance in Africa; and the Teaching Profession/Pedagogy, among others.
- Dawit Haileyesus Hailemariam
Dawit is a Production Manager at Axumite Media Ltd. He handles all kinds of graphic designing, audio-visual editing, directing, and recording. He has more than 10 years of experience in production management, directing, and audio-video editing, and graphic designing. Dawit studied information technology (IT), 3D Max, camera operation, mass media & communication, and marketing management.
Tesfalem is a News Assignment Editor at Axumite Media. He came to Nairobi by bus through Moyale traveling for two weeks for fear of political persecution and ethnic profiling problems. Tesfalem practiced journalism for seven years at Dimtsi Weyane Radio & TV station in Tigray, Ethiopia. He has authored a book that narrates the history of modern education in Ethiopia. A graduate of Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Tesfalem is married and a father of one.
Teshager is a Programs Coordinator & Producer at Axumite Media Ltd. Teshager has four years of experience as a university lecturer, human rights activist, and defender. He taught constitutional law, human rights torts, property law, banking, and classes relating to civil rights. He is also an executive member and legal team coordinator of Seb Hidri Civil Society in Tigray on which he advocates human rights, justice, and rule of law. Teshager graduated in law, was studying two postgraduate degrees in international human rights law and business law at Mekelle University before being forced to exile to Nairobi, Kenya.
Akberet Gebresilasie Gebertsadikan is a Producer & Host at Axumite Media. Back home, Akberet worked for two years at the regional government’s Tigray Mass Media agency as a TV Reporter and live host in the Amharic service desk. Akberet is a graduate of Art Music with a BA degree.
Weyni is a Producer & Host at Axumite Media. She is a gender equality activist and founder of Yikono, a movement that labors to stop violations against women and for gender equality in Tigray. Weyni wrote two books in the Tigrinya language; one is a collection of short stories and the other about the life story of a rape victim woman.
Semehal Fikiresilassie Amare is a Producer and Host of the Amharic programs at Axumite Media. Semehal worked for two years as a reporter for the Tigray Mass Media Agency, a government media establishment. She had also worked as an investment agent in areas of agriculture and paltry. Semehal studied BA in Psychology.
Andom is a Digital Media Manager of Axumite Media. He is responsible for the overall digital media produced in Axumite Media. He is also an online media curator, i.e responsible for handling the YouTube, Website, and all other social media accounts of the radio and online platforms. He also manages Radio Wegahta Tigrai, a public radio.
Andom is academically an electrical and electronics engineer. Professionally, he is an ICT expert, website & mobile app developer, photographer, graphic editor, author, freelance writer, and tourism expert. He has authored some books, published several tourism articles, wrote guides, produced tourist maps; developed professional websites and mobile apps.
With more than 16 years of experience in the fields of teaching, electrical, information communication technology, tourism, and journalism Andom is a father of two.
- Correspondents in Tigray and Addis Ababa
Axumite Media has experienced correspondents in Tigray and Addis Ababa.
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Woldegiorgis G. Teklay
Managing Director, Axumite Media Ltd.