Amanuel Meraf Abera was born on January 1, 1962, in a district in Asmara known as Abashaweh, and was the eldest child of Meraf Abera and Teabe Abreha. He attended Asmara University where he earned his degree in Accounting. After graduating, he found work as an accountant and helped to devise accounting methods for a major textile corporation in Asmara.
Amanuel—or "Aman," as he was known to many—was a political animal and could not sit still as just an accountant, so he served in a senatorial position in Abasawol. The political upheaval of the 80s led him to Nairobi, Kenya where he put his accounting and management skills to work as a transportation infrastructure analyst. Shortly after, Mr. Abera left for Maputo, Mozambique where he worked with various NGOs, which then led him to Luanda, Angola where he joined the United Nations' effort to provide relief to those caught in the middle of the Angolan Civil War. His cosmopolitan travels took him to places such as Egypt, South Africa, China, Germany, and New York, among others.
After completing his mission with the UN, he decided it was time to return to Ethiopia. There, he set up an import/export business with China, but he soon fell ill and sought medical treatment in Kenya and ultimately in the United States. Mr. Abera would soon make his home in America. The highlight of his life in the States was meeting Helen Gebremeskel, who would be his wife and the mother of their four children: Lula, Haben, Yoele, and Alayit. (If it were up to Aman, Haben would have been named Zodiac, a word that would remind Haben about the vastness of space and the wonder of our stars, but he settled for Zodiac being Haben's middle name.)
Mr. Abera, ever a servant of the people, brought his entrepreneurial spirit, accounting acumen, and educational thirst with him to the States. He tried his hand at many businesses and later returned to school, earning another Bachelor of Business in accounting. Such was his life till he learned of his cancer and finally succumbed to his illness on May 22, 2017. He is survived by four lovely and clever children, a persevering wife, an extended family who will never forget his influence, and friends who will find it hard to forget the warmth of his welcome.
Amanuel Meraf Abera was born in Eritrea to Meraf Abera and Tebe Abraha. He attended the university and achieved his degree, Bachelor of Science and Accounting. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved and devoted wife, Helen Gebremeskel; his children: Lula Amanuel, Haben Amanuel, Yoeal Amanuel, Alayit Amanuel; two brothers and four sisters; a host of in-laws, other relatives, and friends. He will be deeply missed.