Farewell and rest in peace Mr. Tesfaldet Alem Meharenna, founder Asmarino.com

Our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Mr. Tesfaldet Alem Meharenna, founder Asmarino.com, who was a true icon in the Eritrean community. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Tesfaldet (aka Tes), who was a visionary leader and pioneer in bringing Eritrean youths and businesses together.

As the founder of Asmarino.com, Tesfaldet opened the door for many people in the early stages of the internet. His contribution to the Eritrean community will always be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. We want to express our gratitude and admiration for all that he has done for the Eritrean community. His passion for promoting Eritrean culture and identity through the digital platform has brought us all together and created a sense of unity and pride.

 Asmarino.com. was founded on October 1997, by Tesfaldet Alem Meharenna. One of the few websites still existed (dehai.org started 1996) at the time it was not easy to start website and run it: Network Solutions was the only Registrar not cheap as today. The website (Asmarino.com, its security certificate expired over 4 months ago. To view the website’s contents visit without the “S” the SSL is not working) has been a great source of information and entertainment for many over the years, many people constantly returning to the site to stay updated on the latest news and developments. The depth and breadth of the content that you provide on the website. From news and current events to culture and history, covered a wide range of topics that are of interest to many and many others in the Eritrean community. The quality of the writing and reporting team of writers and journalists are clearly dedicated and passionate about their work, and it shows in the high standard of journalism that Asmarino.com produce.

 Admiration for the Asmarino.com chat room, which was created before the advent of modern social media. It is impressive to learn that many young people met and even got married through the platform. Many people were grateful for the opportunity to connect with Eritrean people who are all over the world. Asmarino.com has been a reliable source of information and social connection for many, an essential platform for the Eritrean and Ethiopian diaspora. The chat room has created a sense of community and connectedness. We would like to thank Asmarino.com for providing this invaluable service to our community.  

Many business start-ups launched on Asmarino.com. As an entrepreneur himself, Tesfaldet understand the challenges that come with starting a new business and he helped many business owners to pursue their dreams; particularly impressed with the advertising opportunities that he offered on Asmarino.com. This platform was a valuable asset to business startup that was to increase its online presence and reach a wider audience. The fact that Tesfaldet was offering banner ads for as low as $100 per month was an excellent opportunity that many people took advantage of low cost advertising packages offered on Asmarino.com, to promote business and increase its visibility online as well as more sales.

Tesfaldet Alem Meharenna donated to Eritrean government $10,000 us dollars during the war Eritrea – Ethiopia (aka Badme war), soon after the war was over, he became opposed to the Government of Eritrea an authoritarian regime under the control of President Isaias Afwerki. Asmarino.com’s clearly went against the current Eritrean regime due to various reasons; a large unit of building owned by the family was taken over the regime. In 2001 the government closed down all of the nation’s privately owned print media, and outspoken critics of the government have been arrested and held without trial, the G15 Eritrean prisoners and more.

On behalf of Eritrea Today, the Eritrean community members, we extend our deepest sympathies to Tesfaldet’s family and friends. May the memories of Tesfaldet Alem Meharenna and his contributions to the Eritrean community be a source of comfort during this difficult time.


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