As Ethiopia Completes Generation Change, Rio Poses More Questions than Answers



Sixty years ago next month was when it all started. After joining the Olympic movement a few years earlier, Ethiopia decided to send its first ever contingent to the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. And, as a si...


Calm on the Surface, Bubbling Tension Underneath


In North Gondar, 725km north of the capital, except the sight of burnt buildings, broken glasses here and there and the presence of a rather large number of uniformed police officers, the city’s day-to-day routine and...


Land Lease Prices Continue to Balloon in Addis


In the nation's capital, Addis Abeba, the price of land is perpetually increasing, while the size of plots made available for lease have continued to decline, as evidenced by the land leased during this past year. “...


D-Day for Ethiopia’s Textiles Industry


Fistum Hagos seems well aware of the risks involved with investing into the textile sector. With his familiarity of the nitty-gritty of the sector for so long as a supplier of accessories to the manufacturers and later m...


Cholera Outbreak Threat in Addis


Melese Kebede was rushing to get his wife timely treatment when Fortune met him in the early hours of Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was in a critical health condition; horribly weak from her unstoppable loss of fluid thro...


Public Health Concerns in Booming Bottled Water Sector


With the changing lifestyle of Ethiopia’s urban population, the use of treated and bottled water has been increasing exponentially. The number of factories involved in the mineral water is also enormous. It was in the...


Businesses, Consumers Bear Brunt of Hoax Circulated on Goods


One week after World Blood Donors Day, the staff and administration of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS), located on Ras Abebe Aregay Street, are still overwhelmed by the huge turnout of donors on the day. The other...


Rent Price, Building Numbers Go Symmetrically Up


Jemila Mohammed was busy packing her items, mainly accessories and the clothing of Muslim women, hijabs, on her display shelves on the morning of hours June 12, 2016. She, along with other shopkeepers, was busy setting u...


New Budget Questioned Based on Auditor’s Report


Abdulaziz Mohammed, minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, made his first budget speech since he took office from his predecessor, the long-service former finance minister, Sufian Ahmed. However, the budget deba...


Despair, Hope Over Squatters Housing Rights in Addis Abeba


On the evening of May 17, 2016, anxious heads of families came together in the field where their children have been playing for about four years on average. It was not to recount their days or discuss some development is...


Agent Banking: Banks’ New Venture


Looking at the banners and posters posted on the entrance of small shops, Internet cafes and beauty salons around Addis Abeba, one would learn that something new is happening. To the amazement of an observer, the adverti...


Tomato, Onion Prices Rise with Flooded Fields


For Mulu Yihune, a resident in Addis Abeba, vegetables and fruits are necessary to raise a healthy family. The Lent season was, however, a challenge in terms of the prices of these foods. “The price of vegetable usu...


Official Standards Prescribed for Traditional Medicine Industry


Afework Getahun, Meri Geta, has been a traditional medicine practitioner for a decade now. Back when he was a novice to the business, he used to have an average of 30 visitors a day, willing to pay him up to 150Br. H...


Building Collapse Cements Quality Concerns


In the early hours of Wednesday, April 27, a five-storey building collapsed in the Bole district, in an area commonly known as Summit. Fortunately, its construction had not yet been completed and only the ground floor an...


Baking a Living


Two years ago, Sofia Benger was a stay-at-home mum, taking care of her four children and socialising with friends at an array of ceremonies. When her neighbours planned to go visit a mother who had just given birth, atte...


Advertisement Industry Thrives, with Hiccups


The walls of his office adorned with pictures, certificates and awards along with the half a century old autograph, tell a brief story of the industry. Anbessa Advertising in the age old Philips Building on Chad Street,...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


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With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


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Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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