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Ethiopian News – Top Ten Issues That Dominated 2009

By Ezega Staff, Ezega News

Addis Ababa, December 28, 2009 (Ezega.com) – 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 (Ezega.com) -- 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

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

By Eden Habtamu, Ezega news

Addis Ababa UniversityAddis Ababa, September 21, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- 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 (Ezega.com) -- 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 (Ezega.com) -- 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.

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From Diaspora to Mega Business: The Story of Boston Partners

 Ethiopian News - Kuriftu Debre Zeit  Ethiopian News - Kuriftu Debre Zeit  Ethiopian News - Kuriftu Debre Zeit

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 (Ezega.com) -- 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.

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 (Ezega.com) -- 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

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 (Ezega.com) -- 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 (Ezega.com) – Geteye Abebaw is a young piano player with special skills. He can play the piano with his finge

Belachew Girma: World's King of Laughter

  Photo: Belachew Girma performing   

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- When Belachew Girma walks into a room, you have no choice but laugh. When he laughs, it is infectious and impossible not to join him. To this fellow, laughter is no mere laughter, it is a serious business. Meet the world’s king of laughter, Belachew Girma of Ethiopia and the Guinness World Record holder for the longest non-stop laughter. At the 14th World Genius Impossibility Challenger Competition held last year, he broke world record and his own by laughing non-stop for 3 hours an

A New Feature Film – “Guzow”

 Ethiopian News - Robera, Shewangizaw, Belgnesh, Lidya   Ethiopia News - Fim Director, Aida

Photos: Actor Robera, Shiwangizaw, Belgnesh, and Actress Lidya; Director Aida

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 7, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Film Producer, Director, and Editor Aida Ashenafi has been in the film business for the past 15 years. She has been working in New York, United States, for 6 years, and here in Addis Ababa for 9 years. She is a

Banja Woreda’s White Flag

 Ethiopian News - Banja Celebration

Photo: Health Extension Program Celebration, Banja Woreda, Amhara, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 7, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Banja Woreda (District) is located in Awi zone of the Amhara region, 120km on the way from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa. We visited the place recently and observed the sanitation and hygiene condition in a trip organized by Water Aid Ethiopia and WASH Ethiopia Movement, non-governmental o

The Prince of Ethiopian Theatre: Interview with Actor, Director and Playwright Alemayehu Tadesse

Ethiopia News - Alemayehu Tadesses  Ethiopian News - Alemayehu Tadesses

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 29, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Theatre is one medium where actors show their art face to face with their audience and share their feelings (sadness, happiness, affection, etc.) on stage. They play their character in front of their audience and receive instant feedback. 

Gizachew Wale: Blind and “Weyala”

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 28, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Working as “Weyala” (Minibus Taxi Conductor) in Addis Ababa is not easy. You got to get in and get out while the taxi is still speeding. You must call people to ride with you at every stop and all day long - yelling "Yemola!, Yemola!" (meaning, taxi full and ready to go). And you do this while consuming the dust and fume from Addis Ababa’s polluted roads and streets. This is a hard job for anyone, but a lot harder if you are blind. Meet Gizachew Wale who is probably the only blind “Weyala” in town. 

Renaissance of Ethiopian Music

The Story of Addis Acoustic Renaissance Group & the Man Behind the Music

 

Ethiopian News - Addis Acoustic Renaissance Group

Male Journalists Asked to Speak Up on Women Issues

 Ethiopian News: EMWA Forum Panel participants at forum organized by EMWA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 10, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Media Women Association (EMWA) organized a panel discussion on March 7, 2009, at Ghion Hotel. The participants included male media members and guests from Tanzania and Kenya. The issue was journalists’ attitude towards women and coverage of violence against women. EMWA wants to change the prevailing attitude and coverage on women issues in the country.

Despite Economic Crisis, AACCSA Organizes Successful Trade Fair

Ethiopian News: Teshome BeyeneAddis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 5, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and SectoralAssociation (AACCSA) organized the 13th Addis Chamber international trade fair from February 26 to March 3, 2009, at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Centre. At the closing of the international trade fair, AACCSA invited all participants of the trade fair to Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel and awarded certificates of appreciation to the participants.  “Best Stand” aw

Leave No Woman Behind Campaign to launch on International Women’s Day

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 5, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is organizing an event to launch a national campaign to promote the Leave No Woman Behind (LNWB) program initiated in July 2008. The LNWB program was developed by UNFPA and World Food Program (WFP) to address gender equality issues and women’s empowerment objectives. In partnership with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and the Government of Ethiopia, including the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and the lead government coordinator of the program, the Ministry of Women Affairs, LNWB will be implemented over 3 years in ten districts in Amhara and Tigray regions. The program’s US$7.5 million budget is pr

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