Recent News

  • Staggering opposition

    Beyene Petros (Prof.) is the president of the Ethiopian Federalist Democratic Unity Forum (Medrek), one of the major opposition political parties in Ethiopia which is also a

  • How wide is poverty in Africa?

    The Economist magazine once called Africa “The Hopeless Continent”. Now the narrative has changed to “Africa Rising”. This contrast is what is actually happening on the continent.

  • The aftermath of COP21

    Mulugeta Mengist Ayalew (PhD), a lawyer by profession, is Associate Adviser in Climate Change and Environmental Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister. Mulugeta took his first degree in law from Addis Ababa University, Law School.

  • Shifta Fras on the big stages: Ethio-Jamaican music sensation

    Described by media outlets as ‘the new talent’, the Ethio-Jamaican musician Shifta Fras is shining on the mainstream music scene.

  • Manufacturing: dream and reality

    ArkebeOqubay (PhD) is special advisor to the Prime Minister with a ministerial portfolio. Arkebe is one of the high-level government officials in the EPRDF’s government for the past two decades and has served his party the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF), since the days of military struggle

  • The challenges of festivals

    Last weekend the fifth edition of Selam Festival was held. This is a festival that brought renowned musicians like Alpha Blondy in the past.

Politics

Business & Economy

  • Dilemma at the core of transformation

    The age-long development dilemma that is rebalancing immediate needs of society/economies with long-term ideals of building local capacity looks to be creeping up on the Ethiopian economy.

  • Prospects and red-tape in the mining sector

    Nature has bestowed upon Ethiopia various mineral and hydrocarbon resources. Gold, gemstone, metallic and industrial minerals are found in different parts of the country. Oil seepages are noted in various regions. However, Ethiopia has not been able to extract its mineral and petroleum resources the way it was supposed to, writes Kaleyesus Bekele.

  • Beyond the “merger”

    The “merger” between two state-owned banks, the Construction and Bus

  • Rebalancing economic growth

    By  Asrat Seyoum and Birhanu Fikade.

    Albeit impressive economic growth which is hailed for reducing absolute poverty by half, Ethiopia stands among the crowd to be challenged by sharing the benefits of this growth among its vulnerable urban poor, a group which has grown in size in the past decade.

Art

  • Shopping vis-à-vis conferences

     

    Addis Ababa has become a preferable destination for hosting international conferences related to business, economy and politics.

  • A diva in the making

    By Meheret Mokonnen

     

    “Man ale” and “Desta” are amongst her songs that are loved by her fans. Born in Gonder town of the Amhara Regional State, Abby Lakew is one of the young Ethiopian singers who grasped fame in a short time. She went to the United States at a young age where she started singing while she was in high school.

  • Ethiopian hip-hop at a crossroad

    Hip-hop, as music and culture was  formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African-American youth residing in the Bronx.

  • New trends in Addis weddings

    These days, weddings in Addis Ababa are best explained as being extravagant. The whole process is at times consuming way over a million birr. The traditional wedding activities are slowly fading into oblivion and new trends are creeping in with most of it copied from Western cultures and being customized to fit the Ethiopian audience, writes Tibebeselassie Tigabu.

  • Handicraft: vanishing traditional skill

    Handicraft has been a traditional pastime for Ethiopian mothers for many years. But, it is much more than a hobby, many claim.

  • Mercato’s minnows fighting for a place

    The holiday season upon them, Christmas shoppers have come out in number to one of the oldest and biggest markets in the capital—Mercato. Nevertheless, underneath the holiday shopping commotion, Mercato is exhibiting another dynamic: a process that is set in motion by the drive to transform Mercato and small vendors who struggle to find their place, writes Henok Reta.   

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