U.S Ambassador awarded Four Ethiopian for “Four Freedoms” artwork

APA-Addis Ababa

The USA government awarded on Friday in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa four Ethiopia artists who are the winner of an art competition marking the 70th anniversary of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech on January 6, 1941, to the U.S. Congress, APA learns here.

A panel of judges selected the four winning art works for awards, one depicting each of the four freedoms : freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom of speech,” said the embassy.

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Accordingly, U.S.A. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald E. Booth, awarded to the four winner of over US$ 5,000 in total in the presence of around 200 art competition entrants and other guests.

US Embassy

The four winners for each category are :

- Freedom from Fear : Robel Berhane
- Freedom of Speech : Birtukan Dejene
- Freedom of Worship : Asnake Melesse
- Freedom from Want : Haron Sulieman

“The U.S. Embassy invited Ethiopian artists to express their own interpretations of the four freedoms articulated by President Roosevelt 70 years ago. More than 250 works of art were submitted to the U.S. Embassy by December 31, 2010,” the embassy said in a statement issued here.

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“We hope this art contest will spur interest in American history and popular art as we open our new Embassy building.

Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of President Roosevelt’s four freedoms are deeply familiar images to most Americans and a special art form that we would like to share with our Ethiopian friends,” said Ambassador Booth.

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