Girma Yifrashewa : Pianist Wakes Up Crowds and Puts His Neighbors to Sleep


Stellar pianist Girma Yifrashew, a world-renowned performer and composer has been honing his craft and fine tuning his sound for over 20 years. Girma has been playing the piano with…


Elleni Gebre-Medhin Reaches for the Moon

The notable Businesswoman and Entrepreneur Elleni Gebre-Medhin, (PhD) sat down with Fortune at her new office to discuss what she is working on. She had just unveiled a new project to the world that focuses on young people. It was a sunny afternoon and she was excited about her new venture. She spoke about the opportunities her innovative project will give upcoming entrepreneurs and how it can support start-ups. The project “Blue Moon” was launched a few months ago with much promise.


The Making of a Star- Michael Hailu

Michael Hailu has been in the music industry for a decade. A fan of Jennifer Batten, guitarist for Michael Jackson, he has worked with a slew of known local artists, including Teddy Afro, Michael Belayneh and Dawit Tsige. With a unique sound, unmatched ability to play the guitar and his membership in Jano Band, he has become a household name. Jano Band is known to have been discovered by Bill Laswell, the producer behind world famous stars, including the Irish band U2 and Ethiopia’s own, Gigi. Michael reflects with FORTUNE WRITER, SAMSON BERHANE, on his music, on the music industry, on Jano Band, his family and looks ahead.


Canada’s Foreign Minister Hails Reform for Ethiopia

Timely and significant reforms are needed for Ethiopians to feel heard and that their government is meaningfully addressing issues around good governance, corruption, land management, public consultations, the right to free speech, and other human rights, . Canada stands ready to support Ethiopia in these efforts. We continue to encourage the Ethiopian government to release the report prepared by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on the situation of unrest, and any similar future reports. This would send a constructive and encouraging signal to the Ethiopian people according to Canada’s Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, who spoke to Fortune reporter, Samuel Getachew, during his recent visit to Ethiopia.


American Foreign Policy in Flux as Trump Takes the Helm

The night Americans were wrapping up their votes in the polling stations across the United States, a group of journalists from many countries met Daniel Serwer, a professor and director of Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, inside Washington’s National Press Club to discuss the foreign policy implications of the election, which he described was “ugly.” Little was known one of the candidates, the one on the Republican ticket, would triumph to the shock of America and the world.
Serwer appeared to have little doubt on the eventual raise to power of Clinton, a candidate he voted for. He was reluctant to say much about Donald Trump’s world view and possible policies towards many countries and particularly Africa. Tamrat G. Giorgis, managing editor for Addis Fortune, was one of these journalists who discussed the making of foreign policy under a new administration. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.


ETHIO-US RELATIONS ANCHORS ON SECURITY ISSUES

Girma Birru, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States, talks about the historic relationship between the two countries, the current American presidential election, the civil unrest at-home and his hope for Ethiopia’s Diaspora in the United States to be more engaged and integrated in their adopted country. Fortune staff Writer Tamrat G.Giorgis, also picks on issues of legacy the former Industry Minister wants to leave behind, as his ambassadorship approaches its decade-long anniversary.


Interview: Departing UN ECA Chief Looks Back

The unlikely path to the top of the Economic Commission for Africa started under the most unlikely circumstances for Carlos Lopes (PhD). Born in Canchungo, Guinea-Bissau, in a small village…


Exclusive Interview With Mushe Semu: Does Not Look Good

A seasoned politician with several years’ of experience in peaceful political struggle, Mushe Semu has retired from active politics and is now a career banker, working as a branch manager at one of Ethiopia’s private banks. Having contributed in the establishment of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), Mushe served under several different roles at the party until his retirement. He served an important role during the preparation of the party’s manifesto, detailing the political and moral ideologies of the party. Fortune talked to Mushe because he is well-read, articulate and up to date with current issues. And also, since his retirement from politics, he represents a relatively independent voice to make sense of the current situations in our country. Mikiyas Tesfaye Fortune Staff Writer talk to Mushe in this Exclusive Interview.


Validation Blames Human Error in HIV Test Kit Evaluation

Procuring medical devices to carry out HIV tests across the country has seen a series of back and forth turns in the process since 2012. On the Ministry of Health’s…


Former Supplier Calls for Justice, Truth

Procuring medical devices to carry out HIV tests across the country has seen a series of back and forth turns in the process since 2012. On the Ministry of Health’s…


CONSTRUCTION OVERHAUL OVERDUE

Abebe Dinku (Prof.) is Construction Materials & Management Chair at the Addis Abeba Institute of Technology’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes…


MEHARI BROTHERS: Music, an Integral Part of Life

They have music and the arts in their genes and their spiritual values as well as family bonds seem to have put them on a solid foundation. They know they…


Aregash Adane: Still Committed to the Struggle

She was a rarity in the early days of the armed struggle. Rare in that she was a woman and a graduate in the field of Sociology, with a degree…


Beker Shalle: ‘Fire Fighter’ Still on Duty

He is usually assigned to putting out fires in institutions where there are challenges. Beker is on the quiet side.He has made optimum use of the past twenty years, both…


Haile Gebresellasie: New Run to Business Race

With humble beginnings at the Police Athletic Club in 1988, this veteran, 43, retired from running after the Great Manchester Run in May 2015, having won two Olympic gold medal,…


Lidetu Ayalew: Adjustment and Change Never Changed.

No one denies that he matters in the country’s contemporary politics. Emotions usually follow the very mention of his name. Lately, it is usually anger and a sense of betrayal…


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