Diaspora Ride


It is noticeable that the national pride Ethiopians have for their country is embedded in their DNA. When they talk they make it sound like there could never be a…


Money Talks

We have all heard of pillowcase bankers that literally hoard paper notes instead of depositing or spending. Complete eagerness to keep money and make money has caused people to reach…


Flagrant Animal Cruelty

With talks of nuclear tests in North Korea, gas attacks in Syria and suicide bombers in Russia this week is quite the heavy load on the mind. Luckily there are…


Workplace Transparency

Some might say it is trust, belief or something that rings like a good relationship between two or more people. It has now been a few years since I have…


Spell Check

In between listening to the news talking about laptop and electronic device bans on flights, a slight turn to the left of the screen made me notice a business sign.…


No Stranger Danger

It was your typical mini-bus ride that turned out to be quite the eye opener. Have you ever wondered who the person sitting next to you is or what they…


Packed Like Sardines

A daily commute that would usually take a few minutes has quadrupled and now drags on for close to an hour for anyone going from one end of Addis Ababa…


Color of Beauty

Whether it is after a couple of months, weeks or days away from Addis I am always intrigued by the first compliments that greet me. The very first and most…


Silent Retreat

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for having disappeared in last week’s column and I feel obliged to explain the reason. The adventure streak took me on a…


Art in Addis

Can you imagine a life without music, literature, paintings, theater, and dance? A moment’s thought about this will make anyone realize just how important art is in our lives, even…


Balancing Acts

  I was on my way to work with a mind that was half awake and half in bed the other morning, when a comment from one reader popped in…


Can’t Read Your Mind, Speak Up

Last weekend I ran into a cousin at a wedding who jokingly said “When will those criticisms end?” Though I know that he was teasing and joking about the fact…


Question Authority

Have you noticed how simply asking questions turns some people prickly? Maybe you have faced the same reaction. I have noticed that the negative responses surface when the age gap…


Facing Down Taxi Bullies

Writing after a full mug of coffee and excited about sharing with you certain recent encounters in public transport. Public Transportation, particularly in Addis is quite frustrating for many without…


Feeding Minds With Subliminal Messages

What type of music do you listen to when you are sitting on that lazy chair with a glass of something in your hand after a long work week? Perhaps…


Pissing Culture?

The public restrooms of my city are so unbearable; it is agonizing to pass by them. Let alone use them or even come close to them. I am not sarcastically…




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Oil transporters are up in arms over tariffs set by the Ministry of Tra...


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The cosiness between the Ethiopian authorities and...


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