American Actress Ilfenesh Hadera visits Ethiopia, father’s homeland
London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ilfenesh Hadera, an American actress, whose father is Ethiopian, is visiting Ethiopia to inspect a health project her family had a hand in.
Ilfenesh Hadera, known for her role in the film based on the Baywatch TV series, arrived in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, on Thursday.
She told the BBC that she will be touring some of the clinics established by the African Services Committee, a charity founded by her parents to ensure improved maternal health services.
Ms Ilfenesh’s father, Asfaha Hadera, fled from Ethiopia in 1977 and lived in refugee camps in Sudan before moving to the US in 1979.
The actress was born in the US.
She once told Time.com that “growing up in New York City helped her embrace her identity as the daughter of an acupuncturist and an Ethiopian refugee
“I identify as half Ethiopian, half white. I’m equal parts. I hear so many biracial people say, ‘I didn’t know where I fit in.’ But I grew up in Harlem and went to school on the Upper West Side, where half the students looked like me. I consider myself lucky to have lived in this bubble.”
Before going to Tigray, she was in the capital, Addis Ababa, where she visited the Zoma Museum, dedicated to art and architecture,