Locals, Businesses Bear the Brunt of Angry Protest



For Lelisa Bejiga, a grade eight student, the past week was full of grief and agony. Late last week, he was recovering emotionally and recuperating physically from a gunshot wound sustained during the recent riots in Kim...


Toilets, Fast Foods Give Public Convenience Whole New Meaning


It was early in the morning of December 17, 2015, at the heart of Addis Abeba, Piazza where Fortune met Tadiwos Tadesse, a businessman. He was having his morning coffee, not at some of the fancy cafés along the streets...


Informed by History, Fear of Dispossession Fuels Unrest


Residents were going about their businesses; trucks were speeding by in a hurry to get their loads in or out of Addis Abeba. The only thing appeared to have been out of place in the city of Burayu on that sunny Wednesday...


Non-Performing Agricultural Investments Get the Axe


Karaturi, Agro Products Plc, a renowned but controversial foreign investment in Ethiopia's agricultural sector, seems to be facing the beginning of its end. The Indian company came to Ethiopia in 2011 to invest in growin...


IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING


On November 22, 2015, the Orthodox Christian faithful at Delanta Wereda, 598km northeast of Addis Abeba in Southern Wello were celebrating the annual St Michael’s feast at the local Saint Michael’s Church. An anom...


General Assemblies Generate Businesses


“Bank events are the wildest,” said Danny, a bartender, shaking his head in amazement, as he poured amber liquid into a sea of glass tumblers at a launch event. “They celebrate like they have a score to settle.”...


The Ups, Downs in Land Value


Land transactions worth over four billion Birr have taken place in the lease of 759 plots of land in land distribution in Addis Abeba, although the city government has not actually collect all that revenue. In the las...


Forex Crunch Choking Businesses in Ethiopia


Ethiopia’s foreign currency supply available for importers and travellers alike is increasingly facing chronic shortages, claims an importer engaged in trading of household appliances from Asian countries, while opting...


Premier Makes No Bones in Parliament


Amidst fears and uncertainties about the worsening impact of the current drought, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn tried to explain the country’s preparedness to reduce those impacts as the latest reports show 8.2 m...


Little Gabies: Ethiopia’s Next International Breakout Brand


What started as the quest of a caring and self-proclaimed, over-protective first-time mother to find the perfect blanket for her child is now making headlines as the next potential international breakout brand from Ethio...


Bill for Residential Housing Development, Transactions


A new Bill to guide residential housing development and transactions is to be tabled for Parliament, covering real estate developers, buyers and those who rent houses from landlords. It is for the purpose of determini...


State of the Union Signals Intent


In his State of the Union speech delivered to a joint session of Parliament and the House of Federation on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, President Mulatu Teshome (PhD) addressed the government's direction over the coming fiv...


Meeting the Meat Demand


This past week may have been a week just like any other for exporters of other products. But it was not a pleasant week for meat exporters and the government after the unexpected ban of country’s meat exports by agricu...


Disparity in The Quality of University Education Prevails


As the 2015/2016 academic year begins in Ethiopia, long queues are seen at the ticketing office of Selam Bus at Mesqel Square with parents and students, hoping to get tickets before registration deadlines set by universi...


Risk to Public Safety Looms Large


Three years and nine months after the survey design of the project was conducted in January 2012, Getachew Betru (PhD), CEO of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), announced last week that the north-south route of th...


The Teddy Afro Saga


Another year and another controversy surrounding a would-be concert by Teddy Afro, dubbed by many as the most popular, if not populist, contemporary Ethiopian singer and song-writer. Enjoying the support and admiration o...


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


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


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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...


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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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