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Sosena Tesfaye

Sosena, an only girl among five children, was born and raised in Addis Ababa. Although Sosena was not given extra attention just because she was the only girl in her family, she was encouraged to concentrate on her studies.

A shy young Sosena was encouraged to grow and broaden her capabilities when she became a journalist in the year 2000. She started working at Betengna since its inception in 2006 and has contributed to its success ever since. It was actually Sosena who came up with the name ‘Betengna’. Her sociable and proactive personality makes her very approachable and easy to confide in. She has produced a total of eight diaries each running several months including her first production with Bezawit Tesfaye on Debub FM.

Sosena also gives trainings on HIV reporting and likes sharing her experiences with others. In her spare time, she likes to visit children in orphanages and spend time with them.

Hard work and her pleasant demeanor make Sosena a very good health journalist, one who’s making a difference in her field.

Her most memorable interview: when Bezawit’s family found out that she was HIV+ after listening to episode 28. “They were actually angrier about the fact that she spoke about it on radio and never bothered to think about the strength it took to do so. I’ve seen Bezawit do several intense episodes with ease because she’s a very strong person, but that episode was very difficult and emotional for her.

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