Lily Girma


Where were you born and in which countries have you lived?

I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’ve lived in: Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire (where I spent half of my life), England (where I graduated high school), the US, Jamaica, Grenada and Belize.

Describe your first trip abroad.

My first trip abroad was actually at age 14. My dad gave me the option of either staying at my French school in Abidjan, or going to boarding school in England. My first thought was, Europe?! Sign me up! And so at 14 I boarded the plane solo and headed to Bournemouth, in the south of England. It was a cute little town by the English Channel.

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