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Departure of Girma Wake in the eyes of international news sources

Girma Wake (Source – Air Space Africa)

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The departure of Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Girma Wake, who has served the airline for more than three decades, has become the top news of many renowned media outlets. People here locally have also been taken aback by the unexpected departure of the big man of the airlines industry.

Nelly Fualdes who writes for ‘The Africa Report’ has come with a story entitled, “Shock exit of Girma Wake raises questions over Ethiopian Airlines’ Future”. Fualdes called Girma as the “emblematic face of the African airline industry”.

‘Air Space Africa’ reported regarding the resignation of Girma saying, “Shock as Ethiopian Airlines Group Chairman Ato Girma Wake Departs from Position”. The news stated that the resignation has raised questions. “…this development has sparked concerns and raised questions about the motives behind this management change, with potential political implications…”

Air Space Africa said that Girma “…successfully transformed the airline into Africa’s most successful carrier….”

‘Times AeroSpace’ reported that “Ethiopian chairman in shock departure”. The news source named in its report Girma as the “father of the African aviation industry”. Girma Wake “has been credited with being the driver that put Ethiopian on the path to become the continent’s largest carrier and a group that competes with major airlines around the world.”

A news source named ‘The Cable’ said regarding the departure of Girma Wake in the following way. “…His resignation comes amid the outrage over the inauguration of Nigeria Air three days to the end of former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration…Ethiopian Airlines owns a 49 percent equity stake in Nigeria Air…”

The local Weekly Private Paper, Reporter said that the sudden departure of Girma has sparked speculation within the aviation industry, with many wondering what this means for the future of Ethiopian Airlines.

Girma Wake joined the Ethiopian Airlines board in 2018, having served as the airline’s chief executive officer (CEO) from 2004 to 2011. He became board chairman of the airline in April 2022. In total, he has served the airline for more than 30 years.

Commander of the Ethiopian Air Force, Lieutenant Yilma Merdasa was appointed to replace Girma Wake as the board chairman of the company.

Girma was born in 1943 in Yeka District, Addis Ababa. He had his early education at Wendyirad School around Kotebe and then joined Kotebe Teachers College. Girma attended the University College of Addis Ababa. Upon his graduation from the University in 1965, he joined Ethiopian Airlines. 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Obbo Chairman Girma Wake is an 80 year-old elderly man. May be it was time for him to spend more time with his family and decided to retire. His predecessor had also suddenly departed and later on it was reported as medical reasons. Running a business is not an easy job let alone running a huge airline like EAL. It is a pressure cooker to the extreme. I prefer to wait to hear from him or those closest to him to tell us all about it. But I am not sure about a military man running a civilian airline. But I wish them both the best because EAL is one of those entities that has been making me proud since I saw one of its DC planes parked at Aden airport in the 1950’s when that city was still under British Protectorate. It had weathered the sticky fingers of Mengistu in the 1970’s(He was too dumb to understand business anyway) and my hope is it will continue to do so by the efforts of the real sons and daughters of that gem of the colored. I bet you these cursed demonic bigots are salivating out there to destroy this pride of millions.

  2. Subject: Departure of Girma Wake in the eyes of international news sources, By Staff Reporter, June 15, 2023

    Humble Comment
    I read the sad news item intently, as I have always been a deep admirer of Ethiopian Airlines (*)
    I am shocked to read the following quotation. QUOTE: ” Girma Wake “has been credited with being the driver that put Ethiopian on the path to become the continent’s largest carrier and a group that competes with major airlines around the world.”UNQUOTE

    I am shocked. As a common reader and ADMIRER of Ethiopians Airlines without ever being its employee, I am shocked to read the above statement. I can only say: let other readers be the judges in their own experience and deep knowledge of Ethiopian Airlines.

    Please, Please, Please do NOT imply of any negative attitude towards “Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Girma Wake”. I don’t even know him at all. Still, with that background, I am still shocked to read the above quotation, amending history. Let Employees of Ethiopia Airlines of that era Judge and hope that they will defend the correct history of their era. They have inherent obligation to themselves, being the FOUNDATION of that ERA.
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    Footnote
    (*) I have never been, to this DAY, an Employee of EAL

  3. Proof Please: Please post proof that Abiy fired Ato Girma! Why didn’t anyone make any noise when Yilma was appointed(!?) Ethiopian Airlines Group (EAG) Board Member?

    Ato Girma will be fine: ‘Ethiopian Airlines (EA)’ CEOs exit/retire with generous salary-and-benefit package. His contribution to the growth-and-expansion of ‘EA’ is enormous!

    Storm in a Tea Cup: This malicious noise has nothing to do with Ato Girma’s departure. Those making this ugly noise made a worse shrill when ‘EA’ sent Mesfin to run ASKY.

    The “EAG Board Chairman” Hullabaloo: The EAG is like a six-in-one conglomerate [each with its own CEO] that operates in unison. The Chairman overseas/liaises the six.

    Little Knowledge is Very Dangerous: ‘EA’ is administered by the Ethiopian Investment Holdings (EIH). The EIH administers diverse Ethiopian assets worth over $150 billion.

  4. The sudden departure of the experienced EA board chair from his post does not forebode well for the 80 year old airline that is the most famous and one of the most, if not the only highly successful airline in the African continent.

    This continued success of 8 consecutive decades was attained through the autonomy EA has been granted to make its business and technical decisions free from government interference. Unfortunately, the pp led by abiy ahmed has shown no restrained, maturity and wisdom as demonstrated in its meddling and insertion of its twisted arm in the EOTC and the Ethiopian Islamic Majlis.

    The rearview mirror shows the fate of most of the African continent Airline industries who have gone bankrupt and have become defunct due to government political interference, corruption, nepotism, favoritism, unprofessionalism, embezzlement and incompetence,

    It takes decades to build an image and only a few days of monkeying by government lackeys and toadies to burn everything to the ground.

    • ክቡርነቶ [መኳንንት/መሳፍንት] – Talking of Rear View Mirrors, your Feudal Monarchy (FM) used ‘Ethiopian Airlines (EA)’ as your FM’s Air Taxi. Worse, your FM’s wicked practices at the ‘EA’ outlived your FM and still practiced as the #1 religious ritual there.

      Yilma or Girma or X/Y/Z matters NOT: At ‘EA,’ the movers & shakers [at home & abroad] are picked by CEOs, Existing Dominant Family Network, Ethnic Lineage, etc.

      Since its inception, ‘EA’ controls employment right at ENTRANCE via appointed shady Human Resources (HR) personnel, HR secretaries, etc. No accountability whatsoever!

      MOST departments are like family businesses relayed from generation-to-generation. In fact, only ≤40% of EA’s work force is there by merit: GENUINE Academic Excellence.

      MOST trainings/promotions/assignments/etc. are based on favoritism/loyalty/family/etc. Why else would MOST of EA’s brightest-and-hardworking leave within 2 to 4 years?

  5. Borkena is not a news media as we understand the term. It sought without a shred of evidence to convince the reader that without Girma the 75-year old Airline is doomed. Baloney. And to support this argument Borkena concluded by informing us that General Yilma is only a graduate of Teachers College, whereas Girma University College. The rationale?: Borkena publishers hate Abiy (pls prove me wrong, pls browse articles) and anything Abiy’s Admin does is suspect! The reader on the other hand should consider this: Girma is nearing 80!

  6. There is a story about this legendary airline that tells us that its revenue skyrocketed by 20%. To all of you who have been praying and predicting doomsday for this best of the best airline, this in your comely face!!! Go out and throw yourself down to your demise from the highest building you can find in your joint. This airline is fortunate enough to have the overqualified CEO Obbo Mesfin bin Tasew. United Airline would kill to get a CEO like this patriot. American Airline would start a nuclear war to find such genius as its CEO. I can’t believe you guys. Your hate to that gem of the color is so strong that you sit on your lazy lard asses and spin this and that just to quench your bigotry. I wish you were not even born. Take a friggin walk! Out of my sight!!!!

    • fano zerafi, 666

      Amhara fanodox church is full of sorcerors, killers and satan worshippers

      Abebe Gellaw is not the only Amhara activist accusing the Oromo leadership of prime minster Abiy Ahmed for violations,corruption and embezzlement. When the gallant Tigray forces were marching to Addis Ababa, the Amharas blamed the Oromo units in the army for abandoning their positions, surrendering and running away. They mobilized to reverse the advances of the Tigray forces and claimed victory. But the truth is that Tigray forces withdrew to their bases because of external (US) pressure and this created an opportunity for Amhara propagandists. Still the Tigrayan forces are capable of capturing Addis Ababa and unseating the government. The dictator in Asmara should not feel safe and secure.

  7. “Since its inception, ‘EA’ controls employment right at ENTRANCE via appointed shady Human Resources (HR) personnel, HR secretaries, etc. No accountability whatsoever!

    MOST departments are like family businesses relayed from generation-to-generation. In fact, only ≤40% of EA’s work force is there by merit: GENUINE Academic Excellence.

    MOST trainings/promotions/assignments/etc. are based on favoritism/loyalty/family/etc. Why else would MOST of EA’s brightest-and-hardworking leave within 2 to 4 years?”

    The readers are advised and encouraged to pay attention to this two bit, oromumma cadre’s diatribe. This cadre unwittingly revealed the true intention of the ethnofanatic abiy’s oromumma rotting regime on the verge of collapse. The two bit started by attacking the core of an institute, the HR. The intention is absolutely clear, like his TPLF predecessors, the goon in office masquerading as the pm of all Ethiopians, wants to populate the EA staff with his selected goons, oromumma loyalists, and abiy sycophants.

    The EA survived the assault of the derg regime, the TPLF hegemony and it sure will survive the inept and repulsive repression and arm twisting of the abiy mafia riff ruff.

    If the imbecilic regime does not keep its kleptocratic, dirty and soiled hands out of the EA cookie jar, EA fate of other failed and doomed former airlines of the African continent occurring on the watch of the goon and his sycophants will be another ignominy of the oromumma criminal thugs sad saga.

    “Talking of Rear View Mirrors, your Feudal Monarchy (FM) used ‘Ethiopian Airlines (EA)’ as your FM’s Air Taxi……. blah blah blah.

    The EA was the result of the hard work and master diplomacy of Emperor Haileselassie’s greatest era of cooperation and support with the government of the USA. Its creation through the relentless effort and tireless advocacy of the brilliant then young assistant foreign minister then PM, the beloved PM Aklilu Habetewold is well documented in “Aklilu Remembers”.

    ከ7ኛ ጨ: ከምስኪን ህዝብ ላይ በግፍ ተነጥቆ በሚወሰድ ፍርፋሪ ሆዱን ከሚሞላ የበሰበሰው ስርአት ስብስብና በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ እንደ መዥገርና ትኾዋን ከተጣበቀ የህዝብ ደም መጣጭ የካድሬ ምናምንቴ ጋር ምንም አይነት ስነምግባር: ለህዝብ ሃላፊነት: ለአስተዳደር ቀናዒነት: ለፍትህ: እኩልነት: ለመብት: ለህግ የበላይነት: ለእውነትና የሰው ልጅ ነፃነት መቆም ፈፅሞ ስለማይገመትና ስለማይታሰብ ድንጋይ ላይ ውሃ ማፍሰስ እንጂ ከማይርስ ቆዳና ቀፎ ጭንቅላት ጋር መዳረቅ ላንቃን ማድረቅ ነው ትርፉ::

    በአለም መድረክ ላይ ለረሃብተኛ ከተሰጠ እህል ላይ ከአፋቸው ነጥቆ ዱቄት ከሸጠ ወራዳና :ቅሌትና ነውር ጌጡ: ምግባረ ብልሹ ድሮስ ምን ይጠበቃል????????????

    How shameful!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ዱቄት ሻጩ ሌባ ሌላውን ለመናገር ቀርቶ ቀና ብሎ ለማየት ምንም አይነት ብቃት የለውም:: ወራዳ ሁሌ ወራዳ ነው!!!! ዱቄት ሻጩ ሌባ ሌላውን ለመናገር ቀርቶ ቀና ብሎ ለማየት ምንም አይነት ብቃት የለውም:: ወራዳ ሁሌ ወራዳ ነው!!!!

    Another apologist of the fake and vulgar regime just screaming at the top of his/ her lungs.

    Stop attacking the Messenger. Borkena did not create this news. It just reposted what was already published in major African news websites. The emphasis here is “African”. They very well know what happened to many, many former African Airlines that went bankrupt due to the corrupt practice, unprofessionalism, nepotism, embezzlement and political interference in the business decision making and technical expertise meddling of dictators and lackeys of dictatorial regimes.

    ከድሃ ረሃብተኛ አፍ ነጥቆ ዱቄት ለሸጠ የዱቄት ሌባ ሽንጡን ገትሮ ከሚሟገት የካድሬ ግብስብስና ምንደኛ ድሮስ ምን በጎ ነገር ጠብ ይላል??????

  9. ክቡርነቶ [መኳንንት/መሳፍንት]:

    All your stories are cooked-up and disseminated by the Anti-Amaras & Anti-Oromos in Amara Activist Hats who live on Go-Fund-Me ምፅዋት & ፍርፋሪ! MOST can’t even pronounce United States, Washington, Minnesota, etc. where they live & ‘work.’

    Your Brain-Dead Feudal Monarchy (BDFM) couldn’t even think of air-dropping bread for starving Wolloyés & made Ethiopia synonymous with “World’s Poster Child of Famine”

    Had you even air-dropped bread, you would have been hailed ‘Heroes’! Your BDFM brought the Wrath of Murderers on Ethiopia: Derg, TPLF-EPLF, WSW* & its Wolves in Ethiopian Sheep’s Clothing, etc.

    Look, this is all I know about your BDFM: ኢትዮጵያን እና ኢትዮጵያውያንን በዓለም መድረክ አዋረዳችሁ/አስሰደባችሁ! Do these “World’s National Anthem’s for Ethiopia” ring a bell?

    1). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975]
    2). American Artists’ Fundraiser for Ethiopia’: “We are the World!” ……, [Circa 1985]

    WSW*: White Supremacist West

  10. “Look, this is all I know about your BDFM: ኢትዮጵያን እና ኢትዮጵያውያንን በዓለም መድረክ አዋረዳችሁ/አስሰደባችሁ! Do these “World’s National Anthem’s for Ethiopia” ring a bell?”

    Not even close by a long shot. You do not know squat.

    Here is your stat

    1974 estimated Ethiopian population affected by famine – 200,000

    1985 estimated Ethiopian population affected by famine – 1,000,000

    2022-23 estimated Ethiopian population affected by famine 20,0000,000

    You have 100 x more Ethiopians dependent on food aid when compared to the era of Emperor Haile Selassie.

    What statistics, what achievement, what success story, do you have to brag about here or elsewhere??????????

    Nothing!!!!!!! Zilch!!!!!!

    እስቲ ትንሽ እንኳን ሰው ለመሆን ሞክሩ!!!!!!! ከረሃብተኛ አፍ ነጥቃችሁ ዱቄት የሸጣችሁ ወራዳ ናችሁ እኮ!!!!! እንኳን ሌላውን ለመውቀስ ቀና ብሎም ለማየት ምንም አይነት ብቃት የላችሁም:: በአፍሪካ : በካሬቢያን በምስራቅ እሲያ በአውሮፓና አሜሪካ ከሃምሳ አመት በህዋላ በክብር የሚታወስ እስካሁን አለ:: በአንፃሩ አሁን ያዙኝ ልቀቁኝ የሚለውን ቱሪናፋና ጡሩምባ ነፊን ደግሞ ማን ይሁን ምን ይሁን ማንም ዞር ብሎ አያይም:: ለምን ይሆን?????????

    • ክቡርነቶ [መኳንንት/መሳፍንት]:

      ኢትዮጵያን ለእርሶ እና ለሕሊና-ቢስ አረመኔ ውሾቾ ስል ነበር ትቼ የወጣሁት! እናንተ አፈ-ጮሌዎች ግን ሕዝቡን በረሃብ ፈጅታችሁ – በነጭ ሞግዚቶቻችሁ ድጋፍ – በቻርተር ቀድማችሁኝ እንደወጣችሁ አላውቅም ነበር!

      I really know NOTHING positive about your Brain-dead Feudal Monarchy and I have NOTHING positive to say about it. Brag all you want, but you ARE who you WERE!

      What you call me or how you portray me is the least of my worries. Unlike your ilk, I neither looted poor Ethiopians nor stashed away billions to launder it back in Ethiopia.

      Your Smear Campaign won’t deter me from revealing the TRUTH. Poor Ethiopians had had self-appointed rulers like your ilk who were there to loot them, not to help them.

      It’s ironic to tell Ethiopians that Saba/Makda/Sheba/etc. went to Jewrusalem to sleep with Solomon & their ‘descendants’ should become King/Queen/Prince(ss) in Ethiopia. Well, Israel is airlifting the last batch of Falashas! Take that flight & run for elections in Israel!

  11. እውነትን: እንቅጭ እንቅጭኑ ከመጋት ማምለጥ አይቻልም:: መራራውን የእውንት ሄምሎክ በህዝብ ፊት ትጎነጫታለህ!!!! እውነትን: እንቅጭ እንቅጭኑ ከመጋት ማምለጥ አይቻልም:: መራራውን የእውንት ሄምሎክ በህዝብ ፊት ትጎነጫታለህ!!!!

    “ኢትዮጵያን ለእርሶ እና ለሕሊና-ቢስ አረመኔ ውሾቾ ስል ነበር ትቼ የወጣሁት! እናንተ አፈ-ጮሌዎች ግን ሕዝቡን በረሃብ ፈጅታችሁ – በነጭ ሞግዚቶቻችሁ ድጋፍ – በቻርተር ቀድማችሁኝ እንደወጣችሁ አላውቅም ነበር!”

    ዝም ብለህ/ብለሽ ለረሃብተኛ ተለምኖ ከመጣው ምስኪን አፍ በግፍ የተነጠቀውን ስንዴ ዱቄት ቸብችብ /ቸብችቢ!!!!!! ወግ: ባህል: ስርአት ይሉኝታ: እንዳለው: ህግ አክባሪ እንደሆነ ሰው በባዶ ቦታ መመፃደቅ ምን ይሉታል???

    If you indeed left Ethiopia, you left on your own volition. You left for a better life in the West, not because you cared about the average Ethiopian. You left to save your own sorry skin!!!!!! የምትበላውን/ የምትበይውን በስራም ይሁን በድጎማ ያገኘህበት/ ያገኘሽበት: መጠለያ የሚሆን ቤት/ጎጆ ያጎናፀፈህ/ሽ ይሄ የነጭ ሞግዚት ብለህ/ብለሽ የምትመፃደቅበት/ቂበት ማህበረሰብ ነው:: በአንተ/ቺ ስርዐትማ በመቶ ሺህ የሚቆጠር ሰው ቤቱ በዩ ላይ ይፈርሳል; ይገደላል: ይታሰራል::

    አንድ ጠ/ሚ ተብዬን ለምን ተቻችሁ ለምን critize አደረጋችሁ ተብሎ ይሄ ሁሉ እንኪያ ሰላንቲያ!!!!!

    Whether you like it or not, the so called pm is corrupt, immoral, unethical, mendacious, unethical, a pant is on fire liar!!!!!!

    Let’s stick to facts and numbers!!!

    This pm comes out and makes imbecilic claims like: Ethiopia has planted 25 billion trees.

    Facts:
    1) 25 billion trees @ the higher estimate of 20% seedling survival = 5 billion trees

    2) 5 billion trees @ 160- 170 trees per acre ( these estimates are very favorable to the stupid claims of this incompetent buffoon)= 10,000,000 acres minimum= about the size of Switzerland or Denmark.

    3) South Korea had a very successful reforestation program that managed to plant about 11,000,000,000 trees in 50 years ( half a century). abiy is claiming to have planted more than double that in a span of 2 years or less.

    4) In Africa, the Kwimba project in Tanzania, considered a reforestation success story of the 1990s, managed to plant 6.9 million trees in 9 years across some 40 villages.

    5) Size of Amazon rain forest= 2.58 million square miles= about 2 x the size of India, and some 6 times the size of Ethiopia

    6) total number of trees in Amazon rainforest estimated at 390 billion

    I am asking you, to use your brain cells and stop being a blind advocate of 7ኛ ጨ. Even if you are a cadre, ideologue and die hard oromumma insider, you should have conscience, you should have some ethics, even if very, very little.

    As stated above, you do not know squat, you do not know anything about the era of Emperor Haile Selassie. ስድብ ላይ በጣም ጎበዝ ነህ/ነሽ.

    The era had some of the greatest self made millionaires, patriotic and hardworking individuals. እነ ማሞ ካቻ : በቀለ ሞላ: ይልማ በድሉ አንደአንተ/ቺ ዘመን በዘር ተሰባስበው ከህዝብ በተዘረፈ ሃብት የተሰባሰቡ “የአማራ ባለሃብቶች “ወይም የኦሮሞ ባለሃብቶች ወይንም ” የትግራይ ባለሃብቶች” ሳይሆኑ በላባቸው: በወዛቸው: በጥረታቸው ተፍጨርጭረው: ለመንግስት የሚገባውን ግብር በስርዕአቱ ከፍለው: በንጉሰ ንገስቱ በስራቸው በጨዋነታቸው በቅንነታቸው ተመርጠው የተሸለሙ የተመሰገኑ ስመ ጥር ኢትዮጵያዊ ዜጎች እንዲሁም ግለሰቦች ነበሩ::

    እስቲ በሁለት እግራችሁ ራሳችሁን ይዛችሁ ለመቆም ሞክሩ:: በዘር ጎሳ ጎጥ ውስጥ ከመሸሸግና ከመሸጎጥ እንደአንድ ግለሰብ እኔ አባከሌ ነኝ ስራዬ ሞያዬ ይሄ ነው ብላችሁ ለጠራት ብቁ!!!!

    የዛሬ 50 አመት በፊት የአዲስ አበባ ከንቲባ የነበሩት ዶ/ር ሃይለ ጊዮርጊስ ወርቅነህ የካርኔጊ ሜለን ( (Carnegie Mellon ) ምሩቅ የነበሩ እውነተኛ phd in civil engineering የነበራቸው ከንቲባ ነበሩ::

    The foreign minister Dr. Minase Haile was a Columbia University law school graduate and a University of Wisconsin PhD Holder!!!!! Post his government job, he also had an illustrious academic career. There you have it!!! How is that for your “ Brain-Dead Feudal Monarchy”???

    You are not gonna like it, but everyone who has some conscience is gonna expose the lies, inhumanity and stupidity of your beloved oromumma cult leader.

    Nobody is going to genuflect before your icon and Emperor Nero impersonator, 7ኛ ጨ.

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