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Ethiopian News – Top Ten Issues That Dominated 2009

By Ezega Staff, Ezega News

Addis Ababa, December 28, 2009 ( – Year 2009 was a very busy year in Ethiopian News world. Many issues came and passed in quick succession in both Ethiopian online and print media. Some lingered on for much longer than others and commanded broader coverage in domestic and foreign media. In this article, we present some of the topics that we thought received more worldwide coverage and attention than others in 2009. They are listed here in no particular order.

  1. Meles Stepping Down – Various media outlets reported that Mel
Ethiopia’s Khat: Opportunity or Threat?

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega News

Ethiopian KhatAddis Ababa, December 8, 2009 ( -- A dear friend of mine was trying to counsel his colleague by explaining chewing “Khat/Chat” may affect his health, personality, finance and generally his social life. The colleague replied quickly “what else shall I chew?” as if chewing is a must thing to do in life and he cannot live with out chewing. 

Khat is becoming an important economic activity in Addis Ababa for traders and consumers. Khat affects mainl

Eight days in India: Ethiopian Traveler’s Memoir

Taj Mahal Hotel

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega News


Addis Ababa, October 26, 2009 ( -- Eden Habtamu visited India recently. She wrote this report about her visit to India, and her stay in Mumbai and Goa. Here follows her travel diary.


This is my fi

Ethiopia ranks 52/53 in internet penetration rate in Africa

By Ezega Staff

Addis Ababa, October 12, 2009 ( – The table below shows the rate of internet penetration in Africa, as estimated by Internet World Stats for the second Quarter of 2009. Among other things, the table shows the percentage of people using the internet in 53 African countries. Topping the list are Seychelles (where 36.6% of the population uses the internet), Morocco (32.9%), and Mauritius (29.6%).

In Africa, the average internet penetration rate is 6.7%, as measured in the second Quarter of 2009. In the rest of the world (world minus Africa), the average internet penetration rate is 27.7%

Foreign Development Aid: How much is Ethiopia getting?

By Ezega Staff

AfricaAddis Ababa, October 5, 2009 ( -- How much is Ethiopia really getting in foreign development aid? We hear donations made by one country or the other almost every week. We wanted to know how much aid is really flowing into the country. Whereas it is difficult to document all forms of aid the country received over the past several years, data is available about development aid Ethiopia received from member countries of OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Deve

Addis Ababa University: What do students say about Ethiopia’s premier institution?

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega news

Addis Ababa UniversityAddis Ababa, September 21, 2009 ( -- Fifty nine years ago Addis Ababa got an educational institution named “University College of Addis Ababa”. It was later renamed Haile Selassie I University in 1962. It began operation with Science and Arts Faculties. In 1975 the university got it current name Addis Ababa University, and it currently it serving more than 400,000 students in its 25 Faculties or so. This number is a huge increase from the less than 50 students it once served within the department of Biology that granted diplomas an

Ethiopia's Teddy Afro Receives Joyous Welcome

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega News


Ethiopian News - Teddy AfroEthiopian News - Teddy AfroAddis Ababa, August 14, 2009 ( -- Unlike many ordinary days W/o Tilaye Arage’s (mother of Teddy Afro) house is crowded, full of families, relatives, fans

Connecting Ethiopia To The Future

Ethiopian News - ETC

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega News

Addis Ababa, July 29, 2009 -- These days, one of the last words many Ethiopian would like to hear is “Sorry, the subscriber that you have dialed is not in service area, please redial later”. And, of course, there is a second one from Ethiopian Telecom that is equally not pleasing: “Your account balance is low, please recharge soon”. By now, even the lady who recorded this message must be tired of hearing her own voice over and over again.

Ethiopia: Dark and Cold

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega News

Ethiopian News - EEPCoAddis Ababa, July 13, 2009 ( -- In Ethiopia, the rainy season starts sometime in June. This year, Ethiopian cities are starting the season dark and cold. Many people are spending their after work times at various places: cafeterias, bars, restaurants, cinema halls, religious centers, and so on. They don’t have power in their homes to do whatever they used to do.


From Diaspora to Mega Business: The Story of Boston Partners

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Photos: Kuriftu Resort and Spa in Debre Zeit owned and operated by Bost

One of the most classic buildings in Addis Ababa near completion

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega News

Ethiopian News Architectural View of the New Building

Addis Ababa, July5, 2009 ( -- Addis Ababa is a 122 years old city. For much of this time, the city has been essentially a sleepy town. However, the past decade has been different. Construction boom came to the city and is changing the landscape completely. One can notice big buildings everywhere: office towers, business buildings, residential complexes, ring roads, and all kinds of roads. Addis Ababa is indeed changing.

Higher Education and Training in Africa – Ranking for 2008/2009

Ethiopia ranks in the bottom quartile of those surveyed in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 1, 2009 ( – Africa’s standing in Higher Education remains weak. Measured by international standard, the quality of its higher institutions as well as student enrollment rates is low. The Table below shows how 31 African countries fared in the quality of Higher Education and Training in a survey conducted by the World Economic Forum. 134 countries were surveyed globally, including 31 African countries. This metric takes into account a country’s ability to provide quality higher education and training to its citizens to compete in the world economy

Technology Readiness in Africa – Ranking for 2008/2009

Ethiopia ranks second to last of those surveyed in Africa


Addis Ababa, June 24, 2009 ( -- The Table below shows how 31 African countries fared in a survey for Technology Readiness conducted by the World Economic Forum. 134 countries were surveyed globally, including 31 African countries. The Technology Readiness index takes into account the use of technologies that enable a country to compete in the world effectively, including the proliferation of mobile phones, internet, satellite communications, computers and other ha

Africa’s Most Competitive Countries for Travel & Tourism – Top Ten Ranking for 2009

Ethiopia lags behind many African peers


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 16, 2009 ( -- The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) aims to measure the factors and policies that make it attractive to develop the Travel & Tourism sector in different countries. It was developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with various travel and tourism related world organizations and agencies. The index is based on three broad categories of variables that facilitate or drive Travel & Tourism competitiveness. Thesecategories are summarized into the three sub-indexes of th

The Slum Behind The Colorful Wall

Ethiopian News - Etalem  

Photo: Etalem with her mother pictured in front of their home (left); the wall separating Wollo Sefer from Bole (right)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 7, 2009 ( -- I am not good at joking. I don’t even remember most of the jokes I hear, nor do I have the habit of memorizing them to tell others. But I cannot forget the jokes I have heard about “Cherkos” – the slum known for its poor

Top 10 countries with the highest Death Rate

The top 10 countries with highest death rate are found in Africa. And much of this attributable to AIDS. Ethiopia's death rate is 11.83 deaths per 1000 population, as per CIA estimate for 2008. With estimated population of 85 Million, this means roughly 1 Million people die every year for various reasons. Ethiopia's birth rate is estimated at 43.66 per 1000 population. This means Ethiopia's population is currently growing by 3.2% annually, adding about 2.7 Million people to its population this year alone.

Rate of Electrification in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 11, 2009 ( -- The following table shows the rate of electrification in some select African countries, as per 2007/2008 Human Development Report from UNDP. This is assuming that the most electrified countries in the world getting 100 and the least electrified ones getting 0. Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt top the list, rated almost as good as some of the most developed countries in the world. Ethiopia is rated 15 and is towards the bottom of the list. It may be worse now that even the supposedly electrified cities are going through power rationing.

Also shown in the table is HDI Rank (Human Development Index Rank). This index shows

Zumra Nuru: His Awramba Community and His Quest for Utopia

 Ethiopian News - Zumra Zumra Nuru, the founder and Co-Chair of Awramba Community

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 4, 2009 ( -- Zumra Nuru never got a chance to go to school. He cannot read or write. However, as a child, he was a very inquisitive kid. When he was 2 years old, he questioned his mother about religion. One day, he ate a piece of meat from one of his Christian neighbors. This offended his Muslim family, including his mother. His mother snatched the meat from him and threw it away. He was very sorry and asked his mother, “why can’t I have that meat?”

Playing Piano with Forehead, Chin, Elbow and Foot?

 Ethiopain News - Geteye AbebawEthiopia News - Geteya Abebaw

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 27, 2009 ( – Geteye Abebaw is a young piano player with special skills. He can play the piano with his finge


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