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Centennial Oral History Project: Adamu Walelign

Abstract

ADAMU WALELIGN, FACULTY

Dr. Adamu Walelign grew up in a rural part of Ethiopia, in a city called Debre Marqos. His mother, Leyish Wasyihun, was a house wife and his father, Imru Walelign, worked for the Ministry of Finance and was also an Ethiopian Orthodox priest. After obtaining a B.A. in English, he taught eleventh grade in his home town for four years before moving to the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. Adamu completed graduate studies in the United Kingdom on a British Council Scholarship, taught in Saudi Arabia, and moved to the United States to complete his Ph.D. Adamu discusses his academic career in different countries, traveling the globe, and teaching at City College.

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