Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |
Samuel came to Toronto after volunteering for Barack Obama’s 2008 United States run for President as he wanted to be part of a historical movement. After this he came to Toronto, longing to be an activist and political leader. He specifically wanted to help deal with the black-on-black crime he had witnessed from afar by getting youth more interested and active in politics. Since moving to Toronto Samuel has developed in both his professional life and as an activist.
“I have fought many battles and been part of many movements that carry my footprints.”
From the battle to get a designation of “Little Ethiopia” on Danforth, to being a candidate for office, he says he would like to grow old in Toronto and continue on with his activism. Samuel currently works as a community journalist with TZTA newspaper.
Toronto as Home
Samuel is standing in an area on the Danforth, a section he is currently proposing to the City of Toronto to be named ”Little Ethiopia”. In this neighbourhood, there are approximately 40 Ethiopian owned businesses and offices and he thinks it’s time to celebrate this community. He says he feels most at home in that area, as that place embraces his two backgrounds – as an Ethiopian and Canadian.
Connection with the Past
Samuel is holding a picture of Sir John A McDonald. He thinks Canada’s first Prime Minister is “the greatest Canadian”, and should be more celebrated. He respects him for making confederation a reality and for believing in the strengths of every region instead of focusing on shortcomings. He explains that as an Ethiopian, he appreciates viewing differences as strengths. Samuel, like McDonald, is also aspiring to become a politician.