The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, donated $50 million (Cdn) to U of T to help Ethiopian Studies. He's nominated and performing on the American music awards show the Grammy's this weekend.
Photo Credit: David Fisher

The Weeknd’s gift to Ethiopian Studies at work in Toronto

The Weeknd‘s donation to the University of Toronto was a response to a challenge by one of the professors in the Middle and Near Eastern Studies Department.

The Ethiopian-Canadian musician is a global superstar these days, with 5 Juno Award nominations for his latest album, Starboy,

He is performing at the Grammy’s this Sunday night, February 12th, 2017, in an interesting mash-up.

We’ll hear more about the donation, the department, and the ancient Ethiopian language that’s coming to life at U of T on the Saturday column.

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3 comments on “The Weeknd’s gift to Ethiopian Studies at work in Toronto
  1. bokka says:

    First of all many thanks to Ato Grammy’s,
    you did great thing for Ethiopians students ,there many students are wasting there time in addis because of opportunities many of them excellent iq ,

  2. Tesfamariam worku says:

    First, I would like to thank Abel Tesfaye (weekend) for his generosity.
    I know “geez ” language is given in one of German universities and Oxford university in England.
    As an Ethiopian Canadian citizen, who lives in Toronto, this thing gives me special feeling.
    I know “geez” language. I have studied it when I was in Ethiopia in Ethiopian traditional school.
    Abel Tesfaye has donated money for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Toronto where he was babtized when he was a baby. May the king of , peace the source of love and the creator of universe be with him.

  3. H Teferi says:

    It it a great moment for all Ethiopian and Canadian who put much effort to bring one of precious world heritage in light for the benefit of mankind.

    In the mean time,I appreciate Abel Tesfaye generous donation for this project.

    God blesses you!

    Good blease