Tying the knot is a decisive moment in the life of human beings. It is an important social event surrounded with varying cultural practices. As much as it is a social event, though, it is also political. What is political about it relates to the identity of the partners and how they managed to sail through the whole process.
Journalism is an important profession for democratic development. But it could serve the purpose only if it is exercised rightly. There, however, are many challenges that make the rightful exercise of journalism. Nonetheless, the moral rights of the professions ought to be given the chance to thrive. It is only, then, that the profession could serve its purpose.
A nation’s growth might not always signify the situation in its constituent regions. The same could be said about Oromia. Despite its land size and resource endowment, it is not well served with expected service provisions. Things seem to have started to change, though. The construction of Yayu Fertiliser Factory could be a game changer in this regard.
The challenges of free press vary between places. What is witnessed in Paris, France, over the past two weeks, is evidence to this. The atrocious killings of journalists show that some enemies of free press owe their power to ammunition. But developing countries, such as Ethiopia, have their own challenges of free press too. Theirs is about lack of objective debate and developed democratic culture.
Celebrations of holidays vary with cultures. Sometimes, the variations entail cultural conflicts. It is this same feeling that an Ethiopian, living abroad, would feel if celebrating Christmas overseas. It requires for a person to go beyond the obvious to reconcile the conflicts and live in peace with oneself.
Development involves changes in social and economic fronts. But, normatively speaking, all changes are not good. Some are worse than the status quo. It is only when changes are implemented under public consensus that they would be positive. Ethiopian history books are full of negative changes with costly impacts.
As the saying goes, change is the only fact that remains unchanged. But all changes are not similar. Some are natural, while others are inherently man-made. The difference between the two, however, is narrowing with the spread of globalisation. Ethiopia has its own experience in this regard.
Globally, the price of oil has seen a huge dent. This has brought confusion within the global market. It all means a different thing to Ethiopia, though. As a net importer of oil, it may benefit from the reduction in oil price. As a nation hosting some oil exploration investments, though, it may hope to see resurgence in price and hence further push in investments.
Words are a key means of communication. They are one of the most important ways that we make ourselves known to the world. They have allowed people such as the great Nelson Mandela to describe their experiences and thoughts to inspire nations. We remember some individuals who are celebrated for their use of words, and an entire print industry lives by virtue of words.
Justice is the highest morality that systems ought to live by. Yet, it does not always happen. Sometimes, the flaws of systems could bar justice from being served equally. A latest case is what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, United States, where race became the defining factor.
Transformation is a slippery concept; it is defined differently by different people. There is some who view it as meaning there is value in building new things rather than maintaining the old. Others believe the opposite. Debates aside, occasionally an opportunity reveals itself to do both things at the same time. The latest restoration project of the 85-year old Akaki Dam is one such opportunity.
Despite the talk of recent changes in Ethiopia, sanitation problems, especially in the capital, appear to be constant. Sanitation is one of the most essential needs of human beings, but the country still lacks in that department. But things may be looking up as the government plans to implement new public sanitation centres.
While Ethiopia has made noticeable advances in the fight against Gender Inequality, it still has a long ways to go. The fact that the country has not won this fight becomes evident in none other than the announcement by the government to allocate 20pc of the finished condominiums to women. George Orwell said, “all animals are equal; some are more equal than others.” This surely rights true.
Democratically elected government all over the world derives its power from its sovereign people we call this government a government of the people, for the people and by the people. It rules its people by basing its objectives on the aspirations and needs of its people.
Justice is an important element in societal life. It ought to be served well and in time so that societal peace and security is guaranteed. Yet, this sometimes does not happen. As such, one could mention the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. A closer case where justice is pending is the recent protest in Ambo by university students.
Back in the days, trains have been essential elements of Ethiopia’s transport scene. They have been serving in the transport of people as well as goods. Their positive externality has also been widespread. With the ongoing cross-country railway project, then, there is enough probability that this impact could come back. Yet, it all depends on how much the impact of the prospect will be managed.
Football is a game of peace. Strategically utilised, it could help create national and regional cohesion. Misunderstanding the very sprit of football, however, leads to serious mistakes. What has happened during the latest match of Ethiopian and Malian teams is one such serious mistake that ought to be avoided from football scenes.
Utilities are essential for life. Places with seamless provision of utilities often have residents with a higher level of life satisfaction. On the other hand, places with dysfunctional utilities suffer a lot. If anything, Addis Abeba is a city with problematic utilities. There is a risk that it may fail to reach the latter state.
The perception of time varies between societies. In the Ethiopian society, time is considered as an abundant resource. There is no rush to do things and live life meaningfully, as it is the case in many other societies. This perception can be felt even in the systems and services, such as transportation, that ought to essentially be linked with the concept of time.
Expanding the road network of the nation has been an important preoccupation of the Ethiopian government over the years. One showcase to this is the new Addis-Adama Expressway. Although there are many reasons to justify this sizeable investment, there are numerous questions that could raised over its viability.
Commitments to reduce poverty are everywhere. But similar commitments to eradicate backwardness are non-existent. One area where backwardness is prevalent in Addis Abeba is hygiene. Social awareness towards personal hygiene is so low in the city that it may well require attention from the city administration.
Ethiopian politics has been through many ups and downs. The journey, however, is full of confusing turns. From the coups of the 1960s to the change in government of 1990s, there are so many unclear things about the political sphere. Uncertain is whether this state is to change soon.
Housing is one of the most pressing problems in the urban centres of Ethiopia. Though the government has introduced certain solutions, the problems linger, overwhelming many urbanites. Little, however, has changed in the tenant-landlord nexus. Finding interim solutions is crucial.
The rising population often causes increasing healthcare costs. But healthcare, as a service, is not available to all. Rather, it caters for those with the ability to pay. Those who cannot afford such luxuries need to resort to alternatives. One such alternative is traditional medicine. It seems that Ethiopia has a lot of potential in this regard.
The Afro-US relationship has a long history. Yet, it has never been a balanced one, always favouring the US. Little corrective action has been taken to avoid this bias. It seems that history has provided Africa with yet another chance to address the balance. What will come out of it, however, will hugely depend on how Africa acts.
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