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Interesting Facts About President Isaias Afwerki

"Self-reliance is interpreted as an isolationist trend, which it is not at all ... Self-reliance is preparing yourself for partnership, equal partnership.—  Isaias Afwerki

Interesting Facts About President Isaias Afwerki 

Despite being among the most accomplished leaders in the world today, President Isaias Afwerki is also one of the most demonized politicians in Africa. When you challenge superpowers, as Isaias has been doing since the mid-1960s, this should be expected.

But Isaias isn't your ordinary president. He fought for a quarter of a century as a freedom fighter and lead his people to victory. Since then, he has transformed the country for the better, too. Eritrea has arguably accomplished more in 22 years than any developing country in Africa. Some of these accomplishments include:

Think as nine but act as one - Eritrean motto 

Isaias also helped forge a culture revolution among the different ethnic groups in Eritrea. For many developing countries, having nine ethnic groups divided along two of the world's major religions is considered a challenge. But Isaias celebrated these differences and created an environment in which Eritreans celebrated their similarities and respected their differences.

Even with the ongoing demonization campaign against him, Isaias still enjoys popular support among his people. In fact, he's the only world leader that can be seen walking around the capital without any security detail. When American Major General Mastin M. Robeson met Isaias walking alone in Asmara, he was impressed and knew he was dealing with a confident man who was cut from a different cloth. So it's no surprise when he returned home to the states, he would defend Isaias from journalists looking to criticize him.
"Isaias doesn't need bodyguards," he told me. "He goes around alone. He lives in a normal house. He governs an African capital that is crime-free, without slums, even though there are relatively few police. There's no terrorist threat in Eritrea. More than any other country in my AOR [area of responsibility], it has a secular Western sense of patriotism. Isn't that what we claim we want?"

This isn't to say Isaias is perfect. He's human and does make mistakes. But the demonization of him in the media is a disturbing trend that is becoming more extreme and outrageous by the day. By shaping a distorted and extremely negative perception of him in the press, the U.S. administration is hoping this will turn the diaspora against him. Unfortunately for them, it's a difficult task trying to convince people with a thousand words or less that a man who has spent nearly 25 years risking his life for the greater good of his people and country is somehow against their interest when their administration is at odds with him.

The following information are interesting facts about President Isaias Afwerki:

As a young guerrilla fighter, Isaias got a tattoo of the letter 'e' on his chest to symbolize Eritrea and the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF).

He writes all his speeches and is considered an excellent speech writer.

He obtained his Masters in Business Administration in the early 2000s.

He's the only leader in Africa that can be seen walking around in urban centers without any security detail.

He's a big fan of classic rock such as Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix.

His favorite international football (soccer) team is Arsenal F.C.

He knows how to speak a total of seven languages: Tigrinya (native), Tigre, Hidareb, English, Arabic, Amharic and basic Mandarin Chinese.

According to the LA Times, he makes less than $12,000 dollars a year; making him one of the least paid presidents in the world.

The picture below is of Isaias in 1967 at the Nanjing Military College in China. The ELF sent him, along with four other fighters to China to study political ideologies and guerrilla warfare.
Standing L-R: 5th Isaias Afwerki, 6th Mahmoud Ibrahim Chekini/Cecchini, martyred 1972, 7th Ramadan Mohammed Nur, 9th Ahmed Adem Omer. Sitting L-R: 3rd Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed  

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  1. Long live PIA. Your people loves you. I wish to c him in an interview telling more about his personality. God bless you.

  2. There is a thing called evidence in this world man. You claim something; you should back it up. Don't just go on a rant. ALL pieces of journalism are biased but this article is about some interesting things about PIA, not a defamation or degrading one.

  3. I think he supports ARSENAL not MANU. I heard him saying it in an interview about 2/3 yrs ago.

  4. It is good you said that he is a human and can make mistakes this is bravery if you are writing what you are writing from Asmara,because so far we have been told by journalists that Mr.president is nothing but god.
    My advise to you is if you are from the diaspora not to travel to Eritrea because saying Isaias is a human is a crime in itself.

  5. I cant find an article or a an interview that says he supports Arsenal other than this article. I want to show it to my friends but I cant find it. Help please.

  6. I try to find it, but in vain. However, check on PIA interviews with Financial Times, McClatchy Newspapers and other british based media outlets in 2009.

  7. Thanks that you send to all Eritreans to know how we are proud PIA and his leader sheep I'm praying to hem, he will see what he went to bee Eritrea .
    but i have some Hitw about his salary its not a lot but i herd from someone
    participating a meting @ Holland by M.r Alamin from the oudens theirs some Hitw and mlse then M.r Alamin He speaking to the oudens pleas we
    have children @this age and pleas live alone if you guys to know the truth PIA he received monthly salary is $300 U.S.A , any way even if he get12 for hem netting but its contradict to withe i herd before any way I'm
    happy to see all good and the best for PIA thanks for the info and if you have more pleas send to us and thanks

  8. long live wedy afom sebay asebuet

  9. Long live ISU i am proud of you.

  10. i think its in one of those interviews you can find in youtube 3/4 years old christmas/newyear interview, also i think it was in the telegraph (uk) newspaper but i'm definitely sure its Arsenal...

  11. This dry lie about DIA. how about the millions in chainese banks?

  12. Bless you on these truth you write you and your family and I hope isias our leader will not just bring peace to Eritrea but be a good influence to the whole world peace and love the more Swanson things they say about Jim the more America looks demon to the whole world good luck satan

  13. We're not talking about disintegrated internal activists aka DIA weyane thugs

  14. it is Arsenal that our LOIN likes to watch


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