Nigussie TebegeNigussie Tebege honoured for outstanding lifetime achievement, whilst Mugher Cement recognised for contribution to industry.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has honoured Nigussie Tebege, professor emeritus, for his outstanding lifetime achievements in the Ethiopian construction industry, at a ceremony held at the Addis Hilton Hotel.

Concluding its third annual event on March 4, 2013, the Institute also selected Mugher Cement Enterprise, the nation’s first industrial cement manufacturer, for the contributions it has made to the industry, since its founding in the early 1980s.

A practicing structural engineer, Nigussie, 71, is the founder and manager of ACME Consulting Company, as well as being the founder of Africa Networks of Scientific Technological Institutions(ANSTI) and Zede journal – a journal of the Ethiopian Society of Engineers & Architects (EAEA). He came on Thursday, adorning a rare suit, and wearing a tie spotted with the current logos of Addis Abeba University, where he taught structural engineering for over a generation.

He was chair of the committee within the University, as head of the technology department, when the logo, which was designed by Alefelge Selam, a prominent Ethiopian painter, was selected, back in the late 1990s. Close to 200 engineers, architects and students from the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) honoured him with a standing ovation, at the grand ballroom at the Hilton.

“I’ve never seen people moved in recognition of the contribution someone makes in his long career,” Abebe Dinku (Prof), president of the ACI-Ethiopia Chapter, told Fortune. Read more