It's no wonder that he is many people's African prime minister of 2018. But will he make it through 2019?
While the West fails to solve its border issues, countries in Asia and Africa have found a positive way forward.
Data suggest that people are living many years in poor health in Africa.
It is difficult to see how the EU can allow its key African migration work to be supervised by Eritrea.
The lifting of UN Sanctions is unlikely to end internal and external pressure for reform and greater democracy in Eritrea.
It would be a mistake to ridicule what's been achieved in the Horn of Africa, but obstacles remain.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have improved thanks to efforts made by Ethiopia's new premier.
If peace is achieved between Ethiopia and Eritrea, it will help stabilise the Horn of Africa, and the broader East Africa region.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
A day after agreeing a deal on resettling African asylum seekers with the UNHCR rather than forcibly deporting them, Israel announced the deal was off.
Eritreans in Israel aren't all fleeing persecution, but many have risked everything for a better life in Israel. Now they're at risk of being 'sold' back to Africa.
Israel is deporting thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers to Rwanda, while in the US, many face being sent back to the country they fled.
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
Eritreans are at risk of severe malnutrition – but aid agencies struggle to access those in need.
Should the EU be giving money to repressive regimes to stop the flow of migrants?
Many Eritreans whose asylum claims are rejected have them overturned on appeal.
Many migrants would have stopped before they reached Europe – if only there had been the opportunities.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters. This is where leadership becomes particularly important. But this is currently lacking on the continent.
Separation is intended to deal with problems and provide an acceptable alternative, but history shows it may not be the solution.