Category: Art & Culture

Asfaw Damte recalls Mengistu Lemma

Mengistu Lemma (1928-1988) was a leading Ethiopian playwright, novelist, poet and a scholar, who in the words of the late Prof. Richard Pankhurst may be considered the Molière, Bernard Shaw or Gogol of Ethiopia. In this extract from interviews conducted…
Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days

Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days by Richard and Rita Pankhurst, (2013) 293pp, Tsehai Publhsers, Sylvia, Richard and Rita Pankhurst have long been renowned figures in Ethiopia “for their loyal championing of Ethiopia’s nationhood, their creative institution building, and their personal generosity”,…
Samuel Yirga named one of Africa’s 50 rising stars

Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga has been named among the 50 Africa rising stars by the prestigious Paris-based the Africa Report Magazine. According to August–September 2014 edition of the magazine, Samuel is named along with 50 other African rising talent. Through…
Bahru Zewde publishes book on student movement

Leading Ethiopian historian Professor Bahru Zewde’s long-awaited book that covers the Ethiopian student movement of the 1960s and the 1970s hit shelves. The book, entitled ‘The Quest for Socialist Utopia’, describes the fundamental importance of the student movement in the…