Access’ Drama Continues



The cracks in his voice resonate with the deep emotional pressure he tries to communicate. “My daughter got divorced because of Access,” Deboch Belay said. Won over by Access Real Estate’s impressive sales pitch...


Coordinating Wedding Bells


As Christmas decorations are slowly being brought down, weekends in Addis are taking on their traditional seasonal look. Persistent car horns are heard on the streets and anyone who cares to look for the source of the co...


Afar, Wello – Land of Extremes with Shared Concerns


On the morning of Monday January 11, 2016, Semera, the capital of the mainly pastoralist and arid Afar Regional State, had fair weather, a stark contrast to the usual heat and, especially, the ongoing drought, which is a...


Paradox of the Cattle Market


On January 06, 2015, a day before Christmas, the 60-year old cattle market centre at Kera was full of stock from all over the country - Addis Abeba as well as Oromia, Amhara, Benshangul Gumuz and Southern Nations, Nation...


Christmas Trees Full Circle


The city is starting to feel like Christmas. The deep forest greens of Christmas trees, and the reds and golds typical to the season are becoming visible. As the date of the holiday approaches, more and more businesses a...


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...


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