Addis Gets Groove Back

Concerts are big business in Addis Abeba. Usually, to ring in the New Year and to celebrate various holidays, event coordination companies organise concerts with rising and established music stars to entertain the public. However, with the unrest in late 2016 and the declaration of the state of emergency, concerts were cancelled, because of pressure from the public on social media and the artist’s own feelings about the disruptions. Now that a few months have passed, concerts and live events are starting to come back on the city scene, as DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

Chefs in Demand, Food Biz Booms

The local culinary industry has come far. There was a time, when low-wages, fewer training facilities meant that chefs had to be trained on the job. Not anymore. Today, there are able facilities training the next generation of professional chefs in the country. Even as facilities open up and boutique-like restaurants and hotels venture into the country, the demand for trained chefs is rising, HAWAZ MERAWI, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

Gift Markets on Slippery Slope

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, people are rushing around to buy the last minute things that they need to spend a nice holiday with their loved ones. In relatively recent times, this has meant the purchase of gifts to be exchanged with friends and family members. However, the changing face of the city’s commerce, with the increase of street vendors catering to almost any consumer’s needs, the way that shops are approaching the holiday is slowly changing, as MENNA ASRAT. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

The Tricks and Trade of a Begger

Begging is not an easy way of life in Addis Abeba. Some are insulted, humiliated and worse, but at the end, the struggle is to survive. To feed oneself, a child or a family is the priority for most. Areas, techniques and vulnerability determines who makes the most money at the end of the night. But each one has a story, as FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, SAMUEL GETACHEW discovers.

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…

Guest Houses Mushroom in Addis

Pensions and boarding houses are in a rush to upgrade and meet the standard of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to be officially named guesthouses. For a pension to be allowed to upgrade, it needs to have a minimum of five bedrooms, a guest room and a reception area. It also needs to have adequate bathroom and shower facilities, a kitchen, ample security and housekeepers within its premises, FORTUNE WRITER BEZAWIT ADMASU discovers.

Sculpture Art Gets Its Day In The Sun

While the profile of sculpture art is going up globally and in Ethiopia, there is still some reluctance on the part of ordinary consumers to turn to sculptures to fulfill their artistic needs. There are a wider range of choices for them in terms of material, design and cost, but although awareness is rising, there may not be quite as much change in the industry as some might like, BEZAWIT ADMASU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER reports. 

Expo Ushers in Holiday Season

With the festive season approaching, Addis becomes the sight of bazaars and expos all around town. Customers come to shop at the international and local vendors. There is a choice of places to go for customers, although some expos have better luck with customers than others. Customers are looking for their necessities at different prices than the shops outside. Their experiences can vary greatly from place to place as SAMSON BERHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

Schools Strive to Reach State Standards

Every few months schools have to undergo inspections to ensure that they are up to government standards. Educators have embraced the new standards as being forward thinking and student centered. However, there are some who say that private schools are being unfairly harshly graded on the inspections, while public schools are unable to fulfill even the most basic standards. The picture when trying to keep up with standards is not so rosy for either public or private schools as MENNA ASRAT, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

Tattoo Business Leaves Indelible Mark on City

Sometimes, older women go to tattoo shops to have their eyebrows tattooed, so as to cover up baldness and thinning. The young, on the other hand, have their idols and loved ones tattooed on their arms, necks, backs or chests. Many tattoo artists in the city use anesthesia only when they tattoo eyebrows, FORTUNE’S HAWAZ MERAWI reports.

Unlike Cubans, Ethiopian Emigres Remain Too Fragmented, Scattered to Impact US Politics

In a race that is too-close-to-call, Ethiopians are leaning towards their her adopted countries potential woman-president. A close look at the tight races, no one is certain, who the 45th resident is going to be. Would it be the Republican candidate, who looked down on American’s African immigrants, as sex addicted and lazy population or would it be the Hillary, that advocated a crimes bill, that helped populate the countries court system and jails, with black faces? Fortune Staff Writer Tamrat G.Giorgis explores the environment

Clinton-Trump Mud Fight Frazzles Ethiopian Americans

On a foggy and showery afternoon on Wednesday, Girma Wegderes, 53, was busy at his work place at Colonial Parking, on Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington D.C., attending vehicles coming and…

Old and New Taxis Battle for the Pockets of Addis Passengers

As newer and polished taxis compete for customers with the blue & white taxis, the public and the drivers seem to have made up their mind on the qualities of each, reports BEZAWIT ADMASU & SAMUEL GETACHEW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITERS

Cable Guys in Demand

As the number of private satellite TV stations has increased in Ethiopia,   the services of cable guys has also registered a rise. Despite the simplicity of installing some satellite TV stations, people still opt to pay an increasing service fee for cable guys, reports, TSGAB BIRHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.  

Minimal Tech Transfer in Construction Industries

Though a number of large scale construction projects, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, are taking place with the primary involvement of foreign contractors, local companies are not benefiting in terms of the transfer of technology or knowhow, according to Samson Berhane, Fortune Staff Writer. This is despite the fact that such process is a key element of the government’s second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII).

Landscaping Takes Shape

Landscape gardening is a thriving industry worldwide, used to beautify and maximise the potential of outdoor space. In Ethiopia, however, the sector is still very much in its infancy, with no official standards and no direct qualifications. As the economy in Addis Abeba continues to grow, however, so too does the demand for quality landscaping services, reports Samson Berhane, Fortune Staff Writer.


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