Volunteers Lined to Help City Tackle Traffic Accidents


Addis Abeba, the seat of many international and regional organisations, has witnessed rapid economic growth, huge increases in its population and the corresponding hike in traffic. There were 4,009 road fatalities between 2007 and 2016, rising on average by 2pc annually, according to a 2016 report by the statistical agency of the government, BERHANE HAILEMARIAM, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.



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Semegnew Leaves Many in Grief, Doubt

Ethiopians are in shock and in a state of disbelief following the tragic death of Semegnew Bekele, chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.  He was found dead in…


Seedling Business Roots in Addis

Plant nursery and seedling production business is flourishing around the capital.  But the business faces many challanges including finding suitable retail spaces, water shortages and supply of fertilizers. Retail nursery supports other enterprises that supply plastic-pots, seeds and plant wholesalers. It is a season trade where the nurseries make most of their income in the rainy season, reports MADEBO GIRMA, FORTUNE STAFE WRITER.


Ahunna Eziakonwa Onochie Leaves with Dignity

Ethiopia hosts one of the largest United Nations teams in the world, with 28 agencies, funds and programmes. Net official flowe from UN agencies was recorded at close to 3.4…


Ethiopia, Eritrea On Positive-Sum Road

The last time he was here it was in 1996, two years before his troops advanced into what was then a disputed town, Bademe. The war caused a bloody two-year…


Imitation Cultural Clothes Hit Markets, Raise Concerns

Available for cheaper prices than traditional garments, there is a high demand for chiffon clothes that imitate Habesha kemis. This rising demand is seen as a threat to major stakeholders including small-scale weavers, designers, tailors and retailers that depend on producing and trading traditional Ethiopian clothes. But there is still many who prefer traditional Shemma clothes, with the hopes of winning back the market, reports YONATAN BELAY, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


Nation Dreams Big to Lessen Lag in Tech

The appearance of Sophia, the first and only robot to receive legal personhood, during a five-day long ICT Expo held at Millennium Hall last week helped boost the number of participants. Beyond that, Sophia’s visit helped motivate and encourage young programmers believe in the nation’s ability to one day advance Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Blockchain Technology. Although there is still work to be done, some believe that innovations in software programming can help the low-income community, reports YARED TSEGAYE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


World Cup Bears Seasonal Bonanza for Businesses

The once every four years event has finally arrived, hosted by Russia the World Cup has helped open business opportunities for sports bars, hotels, showrooms, pubs,and paid tv. Football Fanatics usually go to these viewing events together creating an atmosphere all about sharing experiences has also helped companies associate their brand with the excitement around the matches, reports, BEHAILU AYELE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


Partner to China-Africa Partnerships

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the world, has made over 600 million dollars of direct investments in Ethiopia, where it opened an office…


Era of Popular Politics Heralds, In Tragedy

It was not a rally called by any political party, whether incumbent or the opposition. Not even a civic organisation was behind the demonstration held in Addis Abeba on Saturday,…


Dima: for Social Justice, Legitimate State

After three years of public unrest that saw a Prime Minister resign and two emergency decrees, the beginnings of political reform appears to be on the horizon. One of the most promising indications of this is the arrival of leaders of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) last month for negotiations with the ruling party.


Austere Budget

Amidst a tough macroeconomic situation, the Ministry of Finance & Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) has allocated a 346.9 billion Br budget for the coming fiscal year, of which 68pc will be…


Ramadan Season Tests Restaurants` Gear

The type of living and increases in disposable incomes of urbanites has taken a toll on their free time. Sometimes all the adults in the family have to hold jobs. In addition to the quest for enjoyment, there is no time even to prepare food at home so it becomes a trend to find an alternative Iftar arrangement. Some restaurants in the Capital are replacing the traditional norm of the family gatherings at home for iftar, reports BERHANE HAILEMARIAM, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


High-end Coffee Houses on the Rise

Coffee houses can be found on almost every corner in Addis Abeba, with more high-end coffee houses joining the growing market. They provide high-quality coffee and a unique atmosphere that CATERS FOR well-off individuals, reports TARIKU GASHU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


Music Studios Crescendo in the City

It has been five months since Habtu Abraha, in his late thirties, started a band at a music studio he owns close to Mesquel Flower Hotel, along Gabon Street. Having…


PIVOT OF ETHIO JAZZ

Mulatu Astatike, the 74-year-old father of Ethio-Jazz, is a musician, composer and arranger of a unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian beat with jazz and Latin music. Born and raised in…


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