Meek MPs Attract Domineering Executive Body


Beyond the timeless architecture and history of the Westminster Parliament in the United Kingdom, what goes on inside, perhaps not surprisingly, stands in stark contrast to the state of affairs…


Faith-based Institutions: Way to Ethiopians Heart to Uphold Moral Compass

I spent a great deal of time in church when I was a child. Unfortunately, it was an experience that left much to be desired. There was a place where, surprisingly…


Overconfidence, Not Always Bad

It may not seem like it on the surface, but society in Ethiopia incentives individuals to have low self-esteem. It is the sort of culture that prioritises comfort above individuals’…


The Diaspora Delusion

There never really has been a time when people chose to remain in their own countries despite the odds and unpleasant political and economic conditions. Of course, globalisation has fastened…


A Lesson in Work Ethics from the UK

Organisational ethics has been an essential facet in the workplace in developed nations over the past decades. The case is different for developing countries such as Ethiopia, where the work…


Progressive Leaders Come Rarely, Africa Needs Them

Intimidation and violence are much too associated with leadership in Africa. Failure to ensure justice, redress and accountability remain a key driver of human rights violations and abuses in many…


Equality Starts at Home

A month ago, I met a group of women who are teaching gender equality at higher learning institutions and actively work in organisations to create gender parity. Among the many questions…


Harassment: Consequence of Social Imperfections

It is right to be considerate and modest in our dealings with the people we encounter daily. Yet let us face it, sometimes this is easier said than done, especially…


Corruption Breaks the Backs of the Most Vulnerable

Abuse of power, incompetence and corruption can never be permanent, but it leaves permanent scars on a nation and its people. And without accountability and checks and balances in government,…


Customers: Not Always Dealt with as Kings

Like many Ethiopians, I have tremendous admiration and respect for the national flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines. It practices high standards of safety and imparts integrity, skill and commitment to most…


Policing Needs to Catch Up with Criminals’ Creativity

Crime is becoming more sophisticated by the day, and weak policing, security infrastructure and minimum sentences have been some of the encouraging factors. It is sad to hear from friends…


Society’s Perceptions Define No One, Personal Ones Do

It is great that there are many people thrilled to see women and men work together to lead the country into a better future. It is hard to describe how…


A Friend that Provokes is A Friend Indeed

There are matters of social life that we have to accommodate between our professional and “me” times. No matter how many other priorities I have, finding people that inspire and…


Traffic Accidents, Not at All Accidental

Witnessing traffic accidents on a daily or weekly basis is infuriating. They have become so rampant that the public has come to associate them with luck, something the fortunate escape,…


Battle between Transient Desires, Long Fulfilling Relationships

As exhausting as wedding ceremonies can sometimes be, with all the gymnastics couples have to pass through for society to recognise them as married individuals, it is always exciting to…


Offense for an Offense Makes Us All More Angry

Gone are the days when people shared their minds in a respectful manner. Civility has been chucked out of the window and replaced by an endless array of insult-trading and…


The Horror at Ethiopian Construction Sites

It is not uncommon to witness a horrific and fatal accident around construction sites in Ethiopia. There was one on Monday in Bole District. It could only have been demoralising…


Emotional Public, Ineffective Gov’t: Bad Combination

I was at the Department of Immigration & Nationality Affairs to renew my passport early Monday morning when I found myself in the middle of an emotional rally. It was an…


Diverse but Not Unequal

I am as intimidated as I am excited for the gatherings with family and friends during the holidays. Excited because it is an opportunity to see friends and family I have…


Measure of Gender Parity Needs to Rise Above Statistics

Nothing breaks my heart more than the victimisation of innocent young women. Cases of rape have become all too common. For this, we have the lack of a robust justice…


Identity Politics: the Genie Outside the Bottle

A consistent socio-political ill that has taxed Sub-Saharan Africa is tribalism. It remains the most fatal problem there is, doing far more harm than good. It has continued to incite civil…


Local Languages: Important Devices for Communication

I was about to catch a flight when I met an Ethiopian father traveling with his three young boys. The boys were giving the father a hard time, and I and…


Lest We Get the Government We Deserve

I was at the Young African Leaders Initiative, a program sponsored by the United States Department of State and launched by former President Barack Obama, when I heared about the unrest…


To Encourage Innovation, Innovators Require Protection

Over the weekend, I came across a well-argued dissertation on the patent right controversy of teff, the Ethiopian staple cereal, on an academic website. The paper was written by a…


Emotional Intelligence, Illusive Attribute of Leaders

I was quite stricken by the sudden death of Simegnew Bekele, chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The nation was overtaken first by surprise, then by disbelief and then…




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