Love Bugs


As many singles in the city are tying the knot, it has left me to wonder why many have opted for the married life. I believe love to be such…


Adapt to Adopt

I got a text last Friday from one of my closest friends. “Did you hear that adoption by non-nationals has been banned in Ethiopia?” Coming from a friend who had…


Build Inward, Not Just Upward

I once walked into this restaurant that uniquely incorporated the Ethiopian tradition with that of the West. It was a beautiful place. I wanted to dine there even though the…


Strength in Vulnerability

It is almost 8pm. A little boy comes close to the car and asks for money. He does not look like the street kids that are usually roaming the main…


Survivor’s Guide to Education System

I took my exam like all the other hopeful Ethiopians eager to join higher learning institutions. I went to one of Ethiopia’s finest universities, Addis Abeba University (AAU). My four…


Big Fat Ethiopian Weddings

It is almost that time of the year again. The fasting season of the religion with the most significant share of the Ethiopian population will soon wrap up. Perhaps more…


In the Now

Do people make the culture, or is it the other way around? What it means to be Ethiopian is continuously changing. In light of the many unrests in Ethiopia, I…


Him Too

A year ago, I was a panellist on a discussion concerning sexual harassment against women in Ethiopia. I discussed the many cases of abuse women face, at home and office,…


Carols from an African

Did I watch what I just watched? I was sitting in the living room of my grandmother’s house with friends as Coke Studio, broadcast by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS),…


Hair Politics

It is official. The sun has been joyfully shining on us for the past few weeks, marking the end of the rainy season. Couples are tying the knot, and outdoor…


Dilemmas While Walking

A child shakes uncontrollably: the plate with which he carried his kolo (an Ethiopian snack) face down, with its content emptied out on the gravel-filled earth. People from a nearby…


To Procreate, Not Procreate

A friend, who was about to get married, once confessed, “I just want to have children”. I admit I was sceptical about her getting married, but some things are not…


Tale of Two Cities

The development of Addis Abeba as a metropolitan city has brought with it a version of ‘development’ that is distorted. The interpretations of “development” are open to anyone who would…


Kindness Lives

Many, in these past years, have made selfishness their mantra. Throughout the day, people tell each other that everyone’s hearts have hardened and that kindness is no more. But kindness…


Value Addition

A few years back, when the streets of Addis Abeba started to be covered with cobblestones, it was all anyone would rave about. Politicians patted themselves on the back at…


With Art, Without Witness

As the rainy season has come to an end, the expats that call Addis Abeba home have come back from their vacations. But while they were gone, many of the…


Race to the Grave

In a matter of seconds, one’s entire life could change for the worst. The drivers of our city seem hell-bent on decreasing the population of Ethiopia or at the very…


Manners Maketh Nation

My cousin and I sat and talked about the horrible Meskel’s eve he had. He relayed to me with annoyance how a small incident with an easy fix had escalated…


10 Br Vs Women

As I take the first steps out of my house on my way to work, or to see my family or friends,  I brace myself. I cannot afford to be…


Unit of Success

Most of us think that in order to be successful, we need to be highly educated, own a fancy house, drive a luxurious car, have huge deposits in our bank…


Unhealthy Competition

Are all sorts of competition negative? I would say no, because I have seen competition drive people to strive hard and achieve the best they can, especially in sports. But…


Science Absolves

On August 21, 2017, all the live broadcasts of media the world over and the internet were preoccupied with a single astonishing event up high in the heavens. Some part…


Almost Metaphorical Public Spaces

How often do we ever feel like meeting with people or friends, not inside a restaurant, bar, pub or cafeteria, but at a green open-air public space where we can…


Who is Responsible?

Recently, I met a school principal with whom I started conversing with about the influence of nature and nurture on human behaviour. He shared with me his personal childhood experiences…


Tradition “Shmadition”

Ashenda, also known by the name Shadey in the Agaw society of Amhara region, is a unique traditional festival, mostly yearned by women, which takes place in August to mark…




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


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


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


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


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