Differnces Heal, If We Understand Them

In a country lush with diversity, unity can sometimes be tricky. Disagreements can occur and they can sometimes lead to loss of property, or worse, life. But the ways of solving them should not be secret, instead, they should be inclusive. The measures we take should be carefully documented so that we can learn from them in the future, whether they have had the desired outcome or not. In this token, the media can be a great asset. We should not shy away from it, but rather embrace its openness.

Ups, Downs, Expectations of Ethiopian New Year

The New Year denotes a multitude of meanings to Ethiopians. For some, it is a holiday that symbolises the end of the rainy season, and that sewerage problems would abate. For others, it is time for setting New Year’s resolutions in the hopes that the coming 12 months would be more productive, less unfortunate and more enriching.

Losers, Winners of Enkutatash

Enkutatash is here to announce that a year has come and gone. All around the country, people will celebrate the holiday using different customs and traditions. For most, it will be an exciting day, where fancy food is eaten and new clothes are worn. For others, it would be another reminder of Addis Abeba’s inflation rate. Even sadder, there will be the exceptionally unlucky who may have something bad befall them.

Requiem for a Noble Profession

The teaching profession deserves the adjective ‘noble’. which is why we usually hear people defining it as a noble profession. For those of us who are older, our thoughts go…

 O Buhé Belu, Where Art Thou?

Every 13th day of Nehase (August 19) followers of Ethiopian Orthodox celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. Ethiopians call this religious event Buhé Belu, and have devised various traditional ways with which to commemorate it. But over the years, with developments in globalization, the general attitude of Ethiopians towards the holiday has changed.

Tribute to a Man of All Trades

Tesfaye Sahlu, commonly known as Ababa Tesfaye, the iconic star of a cancelled children’s show that ran on a state-run network, died at the age of 94. To many, the death was a tragedy – Tesfaye represented a generation that prioritised the importance of discipline to children. He will be missed.

Corruption on Top of Tax Addled Nation

The recent outcry to the high estimates imposed upon some taxpayers has added to the outrage felt last year in two of the country’s largest regions. The nation’s stability is being rocked again after a number of officials overseeing large projects were arrested on charges of corruption. All of these events are commingling to elevate the amount of distrust between the government and its constituents.

Modern History of the Press in Ethiopia

Freedom of speech has been lacking from the country for quite some time. The line between expressing one’s ideas and encouraging violence has always been too thin to adequately tell apart. The death of the much-celebrated journalist Negash Gebre Mariam has made most take a closer look at the current status of the media in Ethiopia.

A Fraction of Ethiopia’s History

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. It could be found in almost every country or city. To Ethiopians, maybe no variety of coffee can surpass that of their own. But there are places that remind one of home, and the traditional ways of brewing coffee. The Ethiopian themed Belgian Restaurant, Toukoul, which tends the culturally astute, is one.

The Week Before In The Horn of Africa

The previous week was attention captivating. Emperor Haile Selassie and the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi were recognised by the heads of state of the African Union (AU), making a historic decision at the 29th AU Assembly to erect statues in the headquarters compound to honour their contribution to the continent. The recognition of Asmara as a World Heritage Site and the loss of lives and destruction of factories due to torrential rains and floods were another.

Why the Issue of Special Interest Should Pend

The new draft law that intends to identify the special interest of Oromia Regional State in Addis Abeba and the future relations between the city administration and the regional state has sparked a lot of controversy. Without further ado, it would be good to hold the draft back for further discussion and consensus among the people.

What it Takes for Change

As far as life continues, whether for good or bad, change is inevitable. However, if the change is wanted to affect people positively, it has to involve them, recognise the context and should make them own it.

Costs of the State of Emergency

The country has reached the state of emergency because of the negligence of the government to answer the demands of the youth on time. The situation took many lives, damaged national assets and investments and left a bad scar on the image and future development of the nation.

Ghana 5-0 Ethiopia: Humiliation Lingers

The recurrent loss of the national football team concerns and embarrasses a huge fan base. Unless structural and strategic changes are made to the country’s football sports administration and management, reversing the situation seems to be very difficult.

Internet Blockage Undermines Its Vitality

The Internet has become part of daily life without which many things will not be processed. It is a museum where people preserve their culture, mine knowledge, exchange conversation and get information through. Shutting it down for a while darkens the face of life. That is what happened last week.

Time is Ticking for Illegal Migrant Workers

Despite the fact that the deadline for illegal immigrant Ethiopians to leave Saudi Arabia is approaching, all Ethiopians are not registered to come back for many reasons.


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