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


By Carmel Kilkenny |
Thursday 9 February, 2017

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 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 and 2 Grammy 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.