Mbeki says Ethiopianism a symbol of Change

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki

Addis Ababa, July 25, 2010 (ENA)

Addis Ababa University (AAU) awarded honorary doctorate degree on Saturday to the former South African President Thabo Mbeki for his outstanding contribution at a grand graduation ceremony of class of 2010 graduates held here at the Millennium Hall.

While introducing President Mbeki AAU President Prof. Andiras Eshete said beyond his own country, Thabo Mbeki has worked tirelessly to bring peace to many troubled parts of our continent.

He mentioned Mbeki ’s mission in Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivorie, Burundi the Democratic Republic of Congo , the Comoros and presently the Sudan to advance peace sand democracy which are an integral part of his noble vision for Africa’s regeneration.

President Mbeki on his part said “ I felt home coming. Ethiopia is a symbol for independent sovereign state.”

He said since in olden times Ethiopia is awakening bell for the whole Africa the defeat of the fascist Italia was ringing bell to wake up Africa.

Mbeki urged the graduates to work strenuously for African renaissance.

The university has also honor other three distinguished figures with honorary doctorate degrees for their outstanding contribution to the better livelihood, freedom of human beings and being role models for others.