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…


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…

Easter, Holiday of Big Drinks

With the preparation for the Easter holiday and the end of the longest fast, observed by those who follow the Orthodox and Catholic doctrines, the demand for liquor has increased. Traditionally a gift to take to someones’s house during the holidays, both the traditionally homemade and factory distilled liquors are a choice for celebrations, reports, Bethelhem Bahran, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Cash Raffle Thrives Amid Strict Law

Cash raffles become more and more popular in the city, and as their numbers rise the National Lottery Administration has given a warning on the consequence of operating without a license, reports, Solomon Yimer FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Hope Against All Odds

Never was there an election fiercely contested among leaders of the ruling EPRDF as the one last week and was much anticipated by members of the public. So was the…

Holiday Exhibition Venue Doubles, Visitors Decline

With double the option of holiday exhibition and higher entrance fee for both visitors and vendors. This year’s Easter exhibitions held at Millennium Hall and Addis Abeba Exhibition Centre are experiencing a lower number of visitors and higher prices than precedent. Reports Bethelhem Bahran, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Fish Production Slumps as Appetites Grow

With the arrival of the fasting season, many have turned to eating fish. People’s preference for it has also grown over the years, with retailers seeing growth in the non-fasting seasons. But it is a different story at the end of the supply-chain. Significant challenges are hampering the industry. From pollution to illegal fishing practices and hyacinth weed, supply is taking a hit, reports BERHANE HAILEMARIAM, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Fasting Season Increases Vegan Buffets

People who consume vegan meals have shown an increase, with vegan buffets now more common than before when only larger hotels providing vegan buffet options. The increase of establishments who now have vegan meals and buffets followed the increase of consumers who prefer a vegan option. With a higher number of vegan meal consumers during the Lent fasting season reports YIBELTAL GEBREGZIABHER, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

China in Africa; America’s Splitting Headache

Standing last week on a podium in the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, which ironically was given as a gift by the Chinese government, America’s top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, urged…

Bottled Water Soaks Addis Abeba

With the growth of people’s disposable income, lifestyles have changed significantly and the number of consumers of bottled mineral water has shown a dramatic increase over the years. Currently, the number of factories involved in mineral water production has reached 67, reports Berhane Hailemariam, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Footballers’ Salaries sore, Club’s Revenues Drained

The Ethiopian Premier League has been around for over 70 years, and, since it was founded, the number of clubs under it has grown. But with the incredible growth and influence of the Western football leagues, Ethiopian football players have been demanding higher salaries, some reaching a whopping 165,000 Br a month, way above the national per capita income of the country. This, in turn, has jeopardised the existence of the very clubs these players belong to, writes SOLOMON YIMER, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


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