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…


Feeding Minds With Subliminal Messages

What type of music do you listen to when you are sitting on that lazy chair with a glass of something in your hand after a long work week? Perhaps…


Pissing Culture?

The public restrooms of my city are so unbearable; it is agonizing to pass by them. Let alone use them or even come close to them. I am not sarcastically…


The Will To Aspire for Greatness

I wonder what we aspire to attain in our lives and what we aim to achieve. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs clearly defines the five different stages of Human psychological…


The Value of Time in the Modern Era

There is something about waiting that is exasperating. Is it in the wait, in the minutes that willfully pass us by? I wonder if it is what we would be…


The Streets Are Our Home

What do we do with the plastic wrapper cozily used to cover our chewing gum or candy until we are ready to masticate or suckle on it? I know that…


Closeness from Openness

Communication, the ability to transmit, convey and disclose information to others is more or less equally given to all of us. Communication differs by the means used, the efforts exerted…


Time to Re-think The Concept of “yilougnta”

There are times I look around and think that I live in a society that is concerned about what will be said more than anything else. Often times, I am…


A False Choice Between Art and Science

Lets see if we can attempt to discuss matters that are much lighter and happier than what we talked about last, something a bit different than last week.  Maybe it…


Ethiopian Way of Facing Death

Today I am writing with mixed feelings of wanting to stop at the next word and the vehement desire to write the one right after. Death is almost always close…


Hey Donald, Diversity is Beautiful

In the roughly translated words of Leopold Sedar Senghor, a Senegalese poet, cultural theorist and founding president of the West African nation, “Racists are people who have mistaken their anger.”…


Body Language More Telling Than Words

Sometimes, reality becomes somewhat of a relative truth and I am only just starting to realise that as I grow older. I do not mean this simply based on the…


Educating a Different Generation, Differently!

I, personally, have always despised History lessons. Maybe despised is a strong word, but I felt so strongly about it in school it was probably closer to hating History, if…


Editorial

Putting the enormous damage inflicted on the country aside, the ruling...


Agenda

Before the end of the current fiscal year, city officials are rushing t...


Fineline

The Ministry of Finance, one of the oldest institut...


Commentary

Rent-seeking behaviour is rational. Since the inherent rationality of i...


Viewpoint

A friend of mine who was recently hired as a general manager of a famil...


Opinion

The days seem to be changing. It is raining when it should not, and war...


View From Arada

The recurrent loss of the national football team concerns and embarrass...


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