Avoidable, Regrettable Tragedy



Running outside from his small room to escape the landslide, surviving the Qoshe tragedy was nothing short of a miracle for Terefe Chebede, who lost 18 people close to him on that day. Recounting the experience was ho...


Demand for Tyres Spikes as Number of Vehicles Climbs


[gallery] Meseret Fekede, 26, retails tyres in her store located around Sebara Babur. She began selling tyres two weeks ago with a capital of around 150,000 Br. She receives her stock from wholesalers at a cos...


Local Growers Look for Love on V Day after a Tough Year


Leaves cover the grounds of the greenhouse belonging to Royal Flora Holland flower farm, located about 45 km from Addis Abeba where workers are harvesting and packing flowers. Traditional music blares out from speakers.


Cashing In Through Online Tubes


  Anyone that uses the internet has watched a video online. Websites are popping up in the country showing videos that are entertaining and informing for viewers. It is a new busi...


Heavy Fall in Ethiopia’s Light Industry


[gallery]   The vision of Ethiopia is to see the country become the manufacturing hub of the continent especially in the manufacturing of textile, leather, agro-processing and other labor intensive industries...


Anxious Days as Ethiopia Pins Hope on Tourism


Keder Yesehak has been running his own business selling cultural religious souvenirs for the past three decades. His shop is located beside a line of similar shops along Nigeria Street. Keder’s shop stocks locally made...


Made in Ethiopia Shoes a Hit in Addis


Pushed by an unprecedented boom in demand, dramatic changes are being seen in the leather shoe business in Ethiopia. Scores of excited entrants are coming in to explore and present new designs to fashion-conscious custom...


Mobile Booksellers Keep Addis Reading


Everywhere you go in Addis these days it seems that books are available to buy, whether it is from a book stand around Addis Ababa stadium and the National Theatre or from book shops or book vendors. Also it is a common...


Addis Gets Groove Back


Tariku Berhanu has been a ‘stage man’ for the last five years, a stage constructor who puts together concert stages. He works on a contractual basis at many events and with many concert organizers. In spite of the...


Chefs in Demand, Food Biz Booms


Tirsit Mezemer, the executive chef at Kaleb Hotel, and her associates are running here and there in the spacious kitchen of the four star hotel. “If you have the passion, being a chef is a great profession,” she p...


Gift Markets on Slippery Slope


The Ethiopian Christmas holiday is upon us. The relatively recent tradition of buying gifts for loved ones during the holiday means that customers are going into shops and bazaars looking for the best deal on jewelry, to...


The Tricks and Trade of a Begger


The Washington Post recently profiled Ethiopians returning home after long stretches in the United States. One was Abezash Tamerat, a social activist from the state of Georgia, who had left Ethiopia as a baby. The 20-yea...


Politician Guide to Voters’ Psyche


There is a popular saying. “People vote with their wallets.” This is based on estimates that, more than all other factors, like social issues, or even security, it is the state of the economy that matters most to vot...


Guest Houses Mushroom in Addis


The business of hospitality in Addis Abeba is booming, and many residents are trying to cash in by converting small homes and villas into guest houses. Many are individually owned and already operating as small pensio...


Sculpture Art Gets Its Day In The Sun


Berhanu, a 40 year old sculpture artist, has a one room office in Megenagna where he tries to design the perfect sculpture for his clients. He like most of his colleagues, used to work on statues for funeral homes. Su...


Expo Ushers in Holiday Season


Addis Abeba is in the midst of bazaars and fairs as the festivities of the holiday season are upon the capital. To cite one example, Esugeta Trading Plc has organized eight bazaars and fairs locally and internationall...


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...


Commentary

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


Viewpoint

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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