fascinating story of Ethiopia's 'King of Music', the late Tilahun Gessesse,
is captured very well in a recent biography published by Shama Books.
While the adult life of Tilahun was always in the public domain, his
early years were not well known. Born in Addis Ababa, Tilahun grew in
Welisso with his grandparents. He later ran away to Dire Dawa in his
early teens. Encouraged by his Sudanese headmaster at the elementary
school in Welisso, Tilahun discovers his calling at an early age and
- once again - runs away from his grandparent's home to Addis Ababa
at the age of 16. Married at least seven times (he admits only five)
and fathering at least 14 kids, Tilahun left a huge legacy. Undoubtedly,
Tilahun remains to be the most beloved Ethiopian musician of all times.
His account of the border demarcation in the vast Ethiopian territory of Ogaden between the English (English Somaliland) and Ethiopia in the pre-World War II era is one of the most anticipated works of Historical significance. This upcoming work to be published by the AAU press will be based on the notes he took in his capacity as member of the border commission appointed by Emperor Haile Selassie. Blaten Geta Mersie Hazen W/Qirqos was a prolific writer whose works - thanks to his son Amha MH - continue to be valuable as landmark documents of Ethiopian way of life in the early 20th Century. The Blaten Geta is perhaps most remembered by the text book he wrote in early the century. What was the name of the book that almost all students in Ethiopia preparing for the national exams had to read? Answers to Spotlight.
Biography of Jegnaw Lt. General Jagama Kello - as written by Ato Fikre Markos Desta - is published in Ethiopia by Shama. The book entitled 'Yebegaw Mebreq' documents the extraordinary life of this hero who - at one point - led as many as 2500 freedom fighters during the Italian invasion. At the young age of only 18, he led the Ethiopian patriot forces who liberated the town of Woliso from the Italians.
The three 'qnewoch' are taken from Negadras Tessema Eshete's classic book 'Semna Worku' (authored by Yidnekachew Tessema). Composed more than 50 years ago, these pieces seem to have a remarkable relevance in today's Ethiopia. What are their meanings? Answers to Spotlight.
Unlike its thriving neighboring city in the north, Gondar - the seat of 44 churches and a capital of illustrious kings like Fasiledes and Bakaffa - this town further south seems to have been forgotten by History. However, it was once the capital of the legendary Emperor Theodros who shunned Gondar for most of his rule. The town has also seen more than its share of battles such as between Ras Ali II and Dejach Wube, Birru Aligaz and Dejach Wube as well as the civil war between the Dergue and EPRDF. What is the name of this town 50 kilometers from the shores of Lake Tana? Answers to Spotlight.
Perhaps, one of the most ambitious developmental plans in Ethiopia's History, the original Tana Beles project was launched in 1987. Salini Construction company and Studio Pietrangeli who had worked on projects such as the Legedadi dam and now Gilgel Gibe I, II and III were tasked to build an agro-industrial complex complete with a new airport, hospital, and residential units to as many as 45,000 settlers. The original project was abandoned when EPRP kidnapped some of the Italian engineers in 1987. Now re-launched as part of the Tana Beles dam project, the integrated project is planned to provide irrigation water for thousands of hectares of land. Which specific part of Ethiopia is this project located and what is the name of the indigenous people who inhabit this area? Answers to Spotlight.
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Professor Negussay reflects on the record of Mr. Meles in his often destructive stand towards Ethiopian national identity. Read article.
Professor Negussay Ayele writes about 'Legitimacy, culture of political violence and violence of culture in Ethiopia.' Courtesy of 'Terrorism, identity and legitimacy: the four waves theory and political violence' By Jean Elizabeth Rosenfeld.
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New Year day is of course among the most popular holidays in the Ethiopian calendar. Perhaps, Timqet in Gondar and Mesqel in Gurageland and possibly Fasika everywhere else in the country command more respect than this important day. The end of the long rainy season, the covering of the highlands with a carpet of daisy flowers, the songs of kids, and a promise of a new beginning always make this day a special day. Even when a quintal of Teff cost as much as 800-900 Birr, a skinny chicken goes for 75 Birr, and a 'weTeTe' sheep and goat cost 1000 Birr, every household in the country seems determined to keep the festivities going. Photo Essay here. October 10, 2010.
It was a rainy season that run for months and months. The Kremt of 2010 (2002 E.C) may be remembered as one of the wettest and longest on record. It started raining last March and Addis hasn't seen a single week without a rain since then. It is now early October and the rains have finally decided to call it quits. This edition of MediaETHIOPIA's Photo Essay brings you pictures from one such rainy day of this season. It was actually in Pagumey - just few days shy of the Ethiopian New Year. Photo Essay here. October 10, 2010.
Ethiopian engineers release an exhaustive report on the continued structural problem with the Gilgel Gibe II tunnel and suggest engineering as well as project management fixes to get the project moving. The report outlines what the engineers called "key fundamental and consequential flaws that have resulted in repeated failures". Complete report. March 2010.
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'Therefore, in the absence of input from these trained economists, one is left to wonder whether it is the influx of Chinese capital and labor, or remittance from the Diaspora, or money that PM Meles brings from World Bank, EU, the US, and IMF, or investment from groups ranging from the Saudi king to the Nigeran former dictator Obasanjo that drive this economy', muses MediaETHIOPIA's photoessay team. Read our latest photo essay on the Chinese and Indian presence in Ethiopia.
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