The World of Thought


On a recent lazy Sunday afternoon, I came across a TV show where a speaker who seemed to be in his late 30s was discussing the power of positive thinking…


Actions Speak Louder

There is hope in Ethiopia. But where we are is nowhere in the realm of where we ought to be. The amount of resources that are available have been wasted…


Inhospitable Hotels

Many hotels in Addis Abeba show a disregard to their female customers. Walking into many of the major ones, women are scrutinised based on appearance. Hotel management says this is…


Beer Vs Culture

A circus show rolled into Hawassa earlier last month. They set up their vans, pitched their tent and began their activities. There was a promise in the air of a…


Healthy Relationships Make Healthy Selves

One of the first lessons in school along with alphabets is how to make friends, an important human trait. Human relationships are pivotal as to who we become in our…


Personal Choices

A social media frenzy has been on full blast this past week. It involved a claim by the Office of the Prime Minister’s press secretary, Billene Seyoum, not to be…


Under the Right Circumstances, Money Brings Happiness

In a debate about how the government can encourage entrepreneurship, a statement recurrently made was floated. “At the end of the day, businesses just want to make money. They don’t…


The Institutionalisation of Women’s Maltreatment

The African Union recently announced that a policy on sexual harassment at the workplace will be put in place. This was a rude awakening to the fact that there were…


A Place to Call Home

Existing in a post-colonial, post-slavery Africa, we must recognise that we have to re-imagine Africa beyond the borders. In 1948, we can look back at Emperor Haile Selassie’s gesture of…


Don’t Fight Innovation, Embrace It

It is rare to find people doing something that makes them happy as well as being a source of income. Young professionals are underpaid and overworked. Everyone is simply getting…


Look but Don’t Go Back

We are not often told that we are the problem. But that is not true. We are the problem. It has become easier for most to have ideological debates around…


No Breastfeeding, Just Work

Hanna Haile (hannahaile212@gmail.com) is an Ethiopian writer and social worker. She is one of the organizers of Poetic Saturdays at Fendika Cultural Centre in Addis Abeba and at Terara Bar & Kitchen in Hawassa, where a stage is open to those who celebrate art through performances on the first and second Saturday of each month.


Youth Should Influence Change

On the day of my wedding, one of my aunts took the stage to impart a valuable lesson. “It is the responsibility of all of us to break the chains…


In Tradition, the ‘Why’ Matters Most

I fear most of us spend too much of our time making the best out of a bad situation when it is simply better to move on. We have too…


Consumers: Ultimate Losers of Poor Work Culture

We have become accustomed to spending a great deal of money on products and services that do not satisfy us and we have become numb to it. I find myself…


Success: In the Eye of the Beholder

Now that the Ethiopian New Year has, come and gone, it makes me wonder how many of us will re-evaluate our lives, what choices we have made and how we…


Employers: Key to Employee Productivity

Traditional practices in the workplace are changing with unprecedented advances. It is becoming less and less about being physically present at a workstation and yet being expected to generate substantial…


Democratic Travel

Although there are various incidents of Ethiopians making dangerous treks overseas, we are not known to travel abroad for leisure. Young Ethiopians with an interest in travelling through legal means…


Glass Ceiling that Remains

Like the previous year, at the end of this Ethiopian year, movements advocating for equal gender rights have taken to social media to share experiences and stories of sisterhood, positive…


It Takes a Village

I was sitting in a cafe across from a couple when I noticed a little girl of about five years old began to explore her environment, as all curious little…


Alcoholics Exist, They Just Function Well

A friend confided in me about his brother’s continued struggle with khat and cigarette addictions. That confession brought to my mind all the people in our lives we feel are…


The Noise

I have been watching social media lately, and like many others I have found it hard to miss videos of commentators based overseas. Through hours of live footage, these highly…


Askew Identity

The Ethiopian identity is built upon what is said to belong to us or has been stolen, things we have yet to reclaim. But when the premise of our identity…


Half the Sky Women Carry

After hours of watching successive programs on the national television, I was left to wonder where all the women in Ethiopia have gone. From analysis to opinions to news presenting,…


The Perceptive Among Us

There are a group of young Ethiopians leading a progressive front. Even though it is hard to put labels on them, as they vehemently refuse to be labelled, they exist…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


Agenda

The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


Fineline

Who it is that midwifed the rapprochement between E...


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Ethiopia’s economy is at a crossroads. The same old advice will not s...


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A recent photo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and George Soros...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


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There is heated debate on the propriety, decency and morality of breast...




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