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Tell me about your stay in Strasbourg where you did your doctoral studies. Being black and Jew in France, how was it like? In France, it was different. There were strong Jewish communities there and I’ve never felt any prejudice…
Solomon Asmelash’s business-like approach to fundraising

These days, Solomon Asmelash is busy raising money for “charity causes”. Solomon says he is in a campaign to save poor and vulnerable children from premature death and devising strategies for using his and his friends’ fame to cover the…
Traditional leader arrested in Konso

Ethiopian authorities have arrested Kaala (meaning king) Gezahegne Woldu, a prominent traditional leader of Konso people in connection with the town’s demand for self-administration. Local sources in Konso Karat, 600 kilometres southwest of Addis Ababa, said Kala Gezahegne was picked…
Berhanu Zerihun as described by his own children

In response to my request to share with me their recollections of their father, the renowned writer and journalist Berhanu Zerihun’s children, Tsega, Tensae, and Michael kindly sent me the following snippets. Our father was a man who kept to…
Renowned Ethiopianist Donald Levine

Renowned Ethiopianist, sociological theorist Donald N. Levine has died at the age of 84. His son, Bill Levine announced this morning that “Gash Liben, Ethiopian scholar, lover of Ethiopia, founder of the Aikido Ethiopia Project has passed away today at…
Taffara Deguefé (1926-2015)

Taffara Deguefé, who died on March 6 aged 89, was a famous banker and perhaps Ethiopia’s best known figure in international financial circles. He was bank governor of the National Bank to the Emperor and Mengistu and he later worked…
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…