Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 42: Brukty Tigabu

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode, I’m at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where I interview Brukty Tigabu, a dear Baha’i friend from Ethiopia, and winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As a school teacher, Brukty was concerned with the lack of early childhood education in Ethiopia, so 15 years ago, her and her husband started ‘Tsehai Loves Learning’, now the most viewed and award-winning children’s TV show in Ethiopia. In this conversation, we talk about how the show first started, what is was like being raised an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, and how she became a Baha’i. She tells us about Ethiopia, what she’s currently working on, and she shares some of the challenges she’s trying to overcome. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:

  • Check out episodes of ‘Tsehai Loves Learning’ here: Tsehai Loves Learning
  • Find out more about Brukty’s educational media company here: WHIZ KIDS WORKSHOP
  • Check out Brukty’s new TV show called ‘Tibeb Girls’ here: Tibeb Girls
  • Find out more about the World Economic Forum here:
  • Rainn is at the World Economic Forum with ‘Arctic Basecamp‘.
  • Rainn talks about Shoghi Effendi spending time in Switzerland. Find out more about Shoghi Effendi here: Shoghi Effendi: A Bridge to the World
  • Rainn mentions the book: ‘The Magic Mountain’ by Thomas Mann.
  • Brukty mentions Baha’i Firesides: What is a Baha’i Fireside?
  • Brukty mentions she met her husband while he was doing a “year of service” and says they could use more people to come on a “year of service”. You can find out more about this concept here: Youth: Give a Year of Service to Humanity!
  • You can find the famous photo Rainn refers to of French kids watching a puppet show here: LIFE Behind the Picture: Children at a Puppet Show, Paris, 1963
  • Rainn mentions Mary Wollstonecraft, early feminist and mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.
  • We talk about the Baha’i “core activities“.
  • We talk about Devotional Gatherings.
  • We talk about Junior Youth Groups.
  • Brukty mentions “Baha’i pioneers“.
  • Brukty shares a prayer by the Bab in Amharic. Here is the English translation: “Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!”
  • You can find all of our episodes here on the Baha’i Blogcast page, and be sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Baha’i Blogcast for more upcoming episodes on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud.

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    About the Author

    Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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