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Addis Ababa, a historic place

It is interesting how we tend to associate museums with tourism, as though the people who live in the cities where the museums are located are not expected to visit them.

Cars, cars, cars…

I came across a statistic online stating that Ethiopia is one of the countries in the world with the lowest, if not THE lowest, number of cars with regards to population size. The statistics is that there were two cars per one thousand inhabitants in 2014. The total car count was estimated at 150,000 of which 90,000, i.e. 60 percent, were passenger cars and the remaining 60,000 were commercial vehicles.

Anybody for peaceful change?

For some time now I have been asking myself this particular question: is disruption the only way to bring about change? Is there such a thing as continuous change, where stability is ensured yet status quo is challenged? This might sound too philosophical a question but what has brought this question to the forefront is the development of events in certain parts of Africa.

Facing a bias…

This past week, a random trip to buy a leather bag in Piassa with my friend ended in a three-hour visit of the factory where the products are made and designed. It was very enlightening as I did not know much about how leather shoes or bags are made and how much effort goes into producing them.

When being ousted, look to thy neighbor…

The political change in Zimbabwe is bringing to light an issue that had fallen out of the minds of Ethiopians and the political spotlight in Ethiopia. The new president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnagagwa, has been asked by the opposition party of his own country for the extradition of Colonel Mengistu Halemariam, the former President of Ethiopia. It is known that Mengistu Hailemariam (Col.) has a pending life sentence in absentia by Ethiopian courts.

When being ousted, look to thy neighbor…

The political change in Zimbabwe is bringing to light an issue that had fallen out of the minds of Ethiopians and the political spotlight in Ethiopia. The new president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnagagwa, has been asked by the opposition party of his own country for the extradition of Colonel Mengistu Halemariam, the former President of Ethiopia. It is known that Col. Mengistu Hailemariam has a pending life sentence in absentia by Ethiopian courts.

Shaping the news

There have been two things on my mind this past week and I cannot stop myself from writing about them. The first one is our media’s perception and reporting of violence against women and secondly, that of the slave market in Libya. Although these two topics do not have much in common, I see a major flaw in how the media is addressing them which is completely devoid of consideration of the underlying issues.

A service is not a favor

There are a few things I do not always look forward to doing but end up doing because, well… life! One of those things is the occasional visit to a government office.

From Casablanca to Cape Town

This month I had the opportunity to be at the two corners of the continent in the span of a week and it really got me thinking about the diversity of the continent, from architecture, to design, religion and so much more.

The broken continuum

There are many views and stereotypes about the African continent most of which consistent around looking at the whole continent as a country, all of the same.