Secrets to Change and Greatness

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA–It’s something of an understatement to say that President-elect Barack Obama is admired here in Ethiopia. Outside the UNICEF headquarters, a young street vendor was hawking bootleg copies of Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. I passed on the DVD, but did pick up the Ethiopian version of Dreams From My Father. According to an Amharic speaking friend the Ethiopian publisher took some liberties with the title, which literally translates as “Secrets to Change and Greatness.”