Digitally Ethiopian

Technology startups by Ethiopians are operating at various digital frontiers. Adapting local themes, figures, narratives and images these software companies are changing the digital platform of storytelling, drawing enthusiasts and eying generating revenues and profits. The art form with Ethiocentric themes have been picked up by companies as logos, comic books, games played on smartphone and movies, reports KALEAB GIRMA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Political Situation Weaves Publishing Business Godsend

The ascendancy of Prime Minister Abiy (PhD) and the liberalization of the political landscape has propelled a seasonal trend in publishing industry to the stratosphere. Book vendors and publishers are reporting increases in the number of books that are reaching the market. The double taxation on pulp and paper products, however, is considered a barrier in the industry. DAWIT ASTATIKA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Tourism Endeavours to Stay Afloat

Although there have been improvements, the Ethiopian tourism industry has seen declines in revenues and tourist numbers over the last two or three years Thies follows political unrest and the declaration of a state of emergency by the government. The new administration under Abiy has reshuffled heads of boards and tourism institutions in an effort to revitalize the industry, and efforts are underway to promote tourism in Ethiopia, writes TSION WUDMATAS, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Mob Attack in Burayu Displaces, Injures Many

Several thousand people were forced out of their homes by violence in Burayu town, Oromia Regional State, and are sheltering in the capital.The incident took place when a marauding mob, returning from a massive rally in the capital, attacked residents, killing more than two dozen and wounding hundreds, writes DAWIT ASTATIKE , FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Rophnan: Roots with Rare Genre

Rophnan Nuri, Rophy, was only 16 when he started producing music, literally six years after his first performance before his classmates. The ninth child of a family of 10, he…


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Processed Meat, Pre-prepared Traditional Dishes Grace Holiday Tables

Businesses that freshly process meat and poultry have sprung up across the city. Slaughterhouses that kill, de-feather, gut and cut up chickens fill the demand of busy customers unable to perform these traditional tasks at home because of limited space and other inconveniences. The old ways of preparing traditional dishes are giving way to businesses that cater to conveniences but may still pose potential health hazards to the public, reports  HIKMA AHMED, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Event, Party Planners Pick Up Steam

Party planners for birthdays, weddings and other occasions are enjoying a boom in business as parents and busy professionals hire them to do their planning.  As disposal incomes increase of Ethiopian families increased in the last few years, birthday party planners are flourishing by supplying party decors, toys, bouncing castles and by painting the faces of partygoers and charging thousands of Birr for their services writes DAWIT ASTATKE,FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Video Gaming on the Rise in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian video game business is dominated by Sony Entertainment’s PlayStation, as is the global market. As disposable incomes rise among a segment of the population in Ethiopia, parents are indulging their children with luxury items like PlayStation and game accessories that can set a family back several thousands of Birr reports MAHDER HADDIS, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Eyebrow Tattooing Liberates Young Women

Eyebrow tattoos have replaced the morning routines of many women who apply pencil, powder or gel each day. Now they just walk into specialty beauty parlours to have hair strokes lightly drawn in semi-permanent ink on their brows which lends realistic looks that last from 12 months to a year.  Although health experts warn of risks, professional tattooists argue that it is a safe procedure, since they use disposable supplies, HIKMA AHMED,FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Traceability from Cherry to Cup, Blockchain Transforms Coffee

Moyee Coffee envisions transforming the way the coffee industry evaluates and traces coffee and assigns prices to coffee lots. He is also working to advance a more equitable payment system for small-scale farmers by capturing the value additions to the product in the producing countries. To accomplish these goals, the company has partnered with Bext360, an IT firm, to use blockchain technology to evaluate and trace coffee cherries. Moyee also built a coffee roasting plant in Ethiopia to roast, pack and export coffee beans to consumers.KALEAB GIRMA , FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Butcheries Showoff New Look

New butcheries offering high-quality Harari strain beef, modern ambience and first-rate services are emerging in Addis Abeba. Although raw meat is discouraged by health experts, these establishments cater to their clients’ preferences and offer both raw and stir-fry beef dishes. The new look, however, comes with high price tag for interior design and craftsmanship, MADEBO GIRMA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

New Year Lottery Brings Hope to Some, Wealth to Others

The Lottery Adminstration’s Enkutatash, New Year, offering is popular among many customers who peg their hopes of winning the big prizes on favourite personal numbers or just chance. It is also a period when more lottery tickets are sold than any other time, and some vendors anticipate more income from increased ticket sales. The government is also a beneficiary, as net profits from the sale of lottery tickets go directly to the national treasury, which supports the annual budget, reports MAHDER HADDIS, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Prices Hike at New Year Expo Hit Vendors, Shoppers

New Year’s expo greets customers and vendors alike with steep prices. The organizer, Eyoha Addis Entertainment & Event Plc placed the highest ever bid price of 20.6 million Br to rent the exhibition space. Exhibitors from Turkey, Syria, Pakistan, India and China are well represented, as are major sponsors including a bank, several breweries and a national broadcaster. BERHANE HAILEMARIAM, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Mobile-Money Comes of Age with Banks

Banks, both private and public, are aggressively persuing mobile-money and trying to build their customer base as technology companies join the skirmish building the necessary platforms and offering services that are needed to keep the system running, BERHANE HAILEMARIAM, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Some Laud, Others Disparage Job Fair

A job fair held earlier this month at the Millennium Hall in Addis Abeba attracted thousands of freshly graduated job seekers, and hundreds of employers from industry, public institutions and non-governmental organizations. The job fair, organized by a private recruiting agency and supported by the Ministry of Education, drew criticism from some attendees but was generally praised by participants and recruiters alike, writes MADEBO GIRMA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


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