The Only Ethiopian Live TV Show In The United States Celebrates It's Second Anniversary This Weekend
Washington DC ( Little Ethiopia ) -The Mayor of Washington D.C. and the sister city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Muriel Bowser made history a little bit over two year ago by working with the Ethiopian community to celebrate the magnificent Ethiopian cuisine at the " first Ethiopian International Food Day " in June 2015, the same year Mr. Dereje Gera Work, An Ethiopian TV Show producer expanded his DTV ( Diaspora TV ) a privately held independent media company by adding " The Gera Show " in July 2015. Bowser's executive office along with 111 D.C. public schools in the District of Columbia worked for a year to help 47,000 D.C. public school children experience the ancient Ethiopian food and Culture by eating nothing but Ethiopian for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the day of the celebration. According to Gera's recent remark given to the publisher of Little Ethiopia Magazine " I want to bridge the gap by providing a niche transmission programming that targets the growing Ethiopian community globally. DTV aims to serve Ethiopians and African Diaspora’s around the world by providing high value programming that wasn't covered by current media conglomerates."The Gera Show" unique interview style raises the community’s awareness of Ethiopian artists, professionals, and social leaders "
Gera's choice of the District of Columbia as his destination to showcase his programs of disseminating important information to the community at large through his live shows of prominent Ethiopian descents. The live shows that are held in Dupont Circle of the District of Columbia highlights the importance of the cities historical connections with its sister city, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the amazing activities of the cities' mayors, council members and the US Congress who played significant roles in the last two centuries in the Ethio-US relationship. To mention some significant landmark activities of the two great cities included, the 1904 Treaty of Amity and Friendship signed by US President Theodore Roosevelt with Ethiopia's Emperor Menelik II which was approved by the Congress, the 1919 first Ethiopian Diplomatic delegation to the United States sent by the elder daughter of the Emperor, Empress Zewditu Menelik, the 1936-40 Campaign by Dr. Melaku Beyan against the Italian Fascists who occupied Ethiopia in the Italo-Abyssinian War of 1935-4, Beyan was the first Ethiopian graduate from Howard University founded the Ethiopian World Federation and the Voice of Ethiopia. Abyssinia is the ancient name of Ethiopia. He had the Shaw/U Street Corridor as his command Center to raise funds as well as support from the African American community in the fight against fascism. One of the major significant roles the city played was Emperor Haile Selassie's I welcome to city for six State Visits that begun with President Eisenhower in 1954. In his first visit the District of Columbia's Commissioner ( there was no a DC mayor at that time) presented the Key to the city and Howard University bestowed upon the emperor an Honorary Doctorate degree.
Among the high profile guests of " The Gera Show " included the chairman of the Ethiopian Crown Council and the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I, HRH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, An Ethiopian economist, CEO and Founder of the Blue Moon Ethiopia and a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange ( ECX ), Eleni Gabre-Madhin and the award-winning poet, playwright, actor and broadcaster born to an Ethiopian mother in Lancashire, England, Lemn Sissay MBE. The Founder and Executive Director of an humanitarian association Mary Joy of Ethiopia, , Sister Zebider Zewdie and Little Ethiopia's Cultural Ambassador Matt Andrea were among the guests of Gera.