Born in Ethiopia, Aida left the country at a young age and spent her childhood living in various territories before her family finally settled in Canada. After graduating from Howard University with a major in Film, she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post. Her work has been acquired by the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African Art. Currently attached to Addis Ababa University, she also curates the photography festival Addis Foto Fest.
She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali. As well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo,Italy. She also has a book published by Africlia in Brussels, Belgium, titled “Ethiopia: Past/Forward” which is a coffee table book that reflects her vision on reconnecting to Ethiopia through memory and nostalgia. She is also the founder and director of the first international photography festival the Addis Foto Fest as well as Fana Wogi a yearly open call supporting contemporary artists in Ethiopia. Aida continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa. (text David Krut)