Social Media’s Ills


Last year, after the inception of the nationwide unrest, which gradually peaked at forcing the Ethiopian government to shut down the Internet and declare a state of emergency, uncomfortable messages…


Khat – The Crisis Booster

Having a daily motivation is not an easy thing to attain unless one had gradually developed a firm resolve in controlling his character. To stay motivated, people use different methods;…


Honouring Thought Provocateurs

Every nation has its heroes and heroines to celebrate, whereby it instils pride and self-respect in the mind of its people. Ethiopians also have national icons that they revere most.…


The Fading Hospitality

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, guests were greeted with a beautiful quote from the Analects of Confucius, the venerable Chinese philosopher, and it said, “Friends have come from afar, how…


Unawakened Women’s Power

One day, I was having a conversation with a young girl who recently took the national exam to join one of the state-owned universities. I asked her what field of…


Money Source of Evil?

Tsegazeab Shishaye is an electrical engineer by profession and is interested in social issues, Ethiopian history, science and ideas that aim at changing the sequel. He can be reached at tsegazeabshishaye@gmail.com.


Failure’s Demon- Procrastination

There is a time when you feel lazy, unable to do what you want to do, and you tell yourself, “Later, I have to do this and that; for now,…


Living With the Culture of “NO”

It saddens me to say and most of all realise over this short life that we live in a culture of ”NO”. I understand that women might disagree, especially when…


What Would You Do?

It is common to praise the benefits of water for the sustenance of our lives here on Earth. Space studies put forth the different features of the other planets in…


Diaspora Ride

It is noticeable that the national pride Ethiopians have for their country is embedded in their DNA. When they talk they make it sound like there could never be a…


Money Talks

We have all heard of pillowcase bankers that literally hoard paper notes instead of depositing or spending. Complete eagerness to keep money and make money has caused people to reach…


Flagrant Animal Cruelty

With talks of nuclear tests in North Korea, gas attacks in Syria and suicide bombers in Russia this week is quite the heavy load on the mind. Luckily there are…


Workplace Transparency

Some might say it is trust, belief or something that rings like a good relationship between two or more people. It has now been a few years since I have…


Spell Check

In between listening to the news talking about laptop and electronic device bans on flights, a slight turn to the left of the screen made me notice a business sign.…


No Stranger Danger

It was your typical mini-bus ride that turned out to be quite the eye opener. Have you ever wondered who the person sitting next to you is or what they…


Packed Like Sardines

A daily commute that would usually take a few minutes has quadrupled and now drags on for close to an hour for anyone going from one end of Addis Ababa…


Color of Beauty

Whether it is after a couple of months, weeks or days away from Addis I am always intrigued by the first compliments that greet me. The very first and most…


Silent Retreat

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for having disappeared in last week’s column and I feel obliged to explain the reason. The adventure streak took me on a…


Change from Farming to Industry Herculean Task

Can Ethiopia be transformed into an industralized nation? Two schools of thought are battling this debate, which includes political elites who argue the changeover can happen quickly, while their opponents…


Art in Addis

Can you imagine a life without music, literature, paintings, theater, and dance? A moment’s thought about this will make anyone realize just how important art is in our lives, even…


Balancing Acts

  I was on my way to work with a mind that was half awake and half in bed the other morning, when a comment from one reader popped in…


Tales from a Sprouting City

It doesn’t fall short of a spectacle when you look behind and around those half torn blue plastic curtains gently adorning the juxtaposed wooden planks. You hear shouts, chants and…


Can’t Read Your Mind, Speak Up

Last weekend I ran into a cousin at a wedding who jokingly said “When will those criticisms end?” Though I know that he was teasing and joking about the fact…


Question Authority

Have you noticed how simply asking questions turns some people prickly? Maybe you have faced the same reaction. I have noticed that the negative responses surface when the age gap…


Facing Down Taxi Bullies

Writing after a full mug of coffee and excited about sharing with you certain recent encounters in public transport. Public Transportation, particularly in Addis is quite frustrating for many without…




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