Bole Kefle Ketema, Wereda 10, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On Thursday, January 7th, Mayor Nicola Smith and Council Member Julieta Altamirano-Crosby participated in a virtual Friendship City Ceremony with Bole Kefle Ketema Wereda 10, which is a borough or sub-city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Lynnwood is one of the most diverse communities in Washington State,” stated Wally Webster, Board Member of the Lynnwood Sister City Association. “The Lynnwood Sister and Friendship Cities relationships are one of the best ways to appreciate, value, and celebrate the various cultures in our community. The better we understand and accept our cultural differences, the better we can live together in this Welcoming City.”

It was a great honor to be joined by the Honorable Emeru Fenta Kelbeessa, Leader of Kefle Ketema, Wereda 10. We were also joined by Lynnwood residents and members of the Habesha Community Center, Selam Habte, Rahel Schwartz and Ermias Merid. With this Friendship City Relationship we hope to create a more culturally integrated society and foster the opportunity for communities in both cities to share ideas that will advance cultural understanding, appreciation and respect for others. 

"My staff and I are committed to promoting diversity in our community," stated Mayor Nicola Smith. "Three years ago, we identified safe, welcoming and livable city as one of our top five priorities. I am honored to join in a friendship relationship with Kefle Ketema, Wereda 10. I’m looking forward to working with the Honorable Emeru Fenta Kelbeessa, and members of the Habesha Community Center to learn how we can help support our Ethiopian neighbors in Lynnwood."