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Fan conventions: the rise of nerd culture in Addis

Nerd culture is universal. Whether it starts at a young age or develops later in life, some take a hobby or simple interest and develop a lifestyle around it. Youths, usually between the ages of 15 and 30, connect and gather around to a common interest like comic books, superheroes or video games. Nerd Army is one such example.

Capturing change frame by frame

In the final chapter of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, a celebrated literary work published in the 1972, which is presented as a sequence of imaginary dialogue between a Venetian traveler Marco Polo and the Tartar emperor Kublai Khan, the narrator Marco Polo describes the city of Berenice to the great Kublai Khan as product of two opposing yet integral aspects of a city. On the surface, the visible Berenice, unjust and cruel to residents; while the hidden Berenice embodies just and complex network that keeps the city running smoothly.

The uphill task of finding that significant other

Bersabeh Gizaw, 28, is single. She works in a prestigious engineering firm in Addis Ababa, has good relationships with friends and co-workers, she is easy to talk to but has not been able to find a long-term life partner. Part of the difficulty, she says, is the lack of opportunities she has to meet available single men.

Sabegn: the concept shop

What is the future of shopping? What will the boutique stores of the future look like? Perhaps intelligent robots will greet customers at the door and show people around. Or, people can try on clothes and jewellery through virtual reality or order items from home and have them delivered by drones. Such technologies are not far-fetched, in fact all of them exist in real life and it is a matter of time before they hit everyone’s doors.

“New thoughts, new works”

Addis Gezehagn is a studio artist that has been a long time presence in Addis Ababa’s art scene. This past year, he has exhibited ‘Floating Tower’ at Addis Fine Art, a series of works that explore socio-economic disparities in the city.

Postmen and stamps: a trip down memory lane

The post office area in Addis is home to various attractions. Located at an intersection that leads to Black Lion Hospital, ambassador area, and Churchill Avenue, the post office is a significant landmark of the city. The peaceful greenery of Ethio-Cuba Friendship Park is contrasted by the noise of the souvenir shops determined to attract locals and tourists alike.