Monday 06 May 2019

The BBC’s flagship World Service Radio debate programme, World Questions, comes to Ethiopia at a crucial time in the country’s history.

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has initiated a series of unprecedented reforms in his first year in office.He has made peace with Eritrea; freed 60,000 political prisoners, unbanned opposition groups once deemed terrorist organisations; and appointed women to half his cabinet. He has pledged free elections in 2020 and made a prominent opposition activist head of the electoral commission. He now faces one of his biggest challenges - moving the economy from state-led to market-based growth while overseeing far-reaching political reforms. If Abiy Ahmed succeeds, Ethiopia will cement its position as one of Africa’s biggest players.

The BBC’s Jonathan Dimbleby will be joined by a panel of leading Ethiopian politicians and thinkers in a debate, in English, led by questions from a public audience at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa on Monday, 6th May.

The four panelists are: 

  • His Excellency Mustafa Omer – President of the Somali Regional State
  • Professor Merera Gudina - Oromo People's Congress
  • Tsedale Lemma - Editor of The Addis Standard
  • Eskinder Nega - Journalist and campaigner

 Join them, and have your say in a debate that will be heard around the world. The event starts at 18.00 and will consist of a reception, an artistic performance and the debate. Guests are kindly requested to arrive at 18.00. The event will conclude by 20.30.

BBC World Questions is a series of events delivered in partnership with the British Council.

As a cultural relations and educational organisation and partner of the BBC World Service, the British Council helps to enable a platform where the general public can join a democratic debate on a global forum.

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 41 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 269 million.  As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. For more information, visit The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 346 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and

Admission is free, but online registration is required. Whilst we hope to accommodate everyone, please arrive in good time to be sure of a seat.

Apologies, registrations are now closed