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  • Wegayehu Negatu

    Wegayehu Negatu

    Wegayehu Negatu was one of Ethiopia’s most celebrated figures in the creative arts & theatre industry, who also worked as a renowned radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist and at times as a comedian.  He was born in June 1944 in Qebenna, Addis Ababa. Wegayehu attended the Swedish Evangelical Mission School and went on to complete his secondary education at Teferi Makonnen Secondary College.

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  • Baalu GirmaJournalist Bealu Girma

    Bealu Girma was a journalist and author who sacrificed his life for his ethics and integrity. He is widely known in Ethiopia for his brave and skillful criticism of prominent members of Ethiopia’s former socialist regime in his famous book known as Oromay.

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  • Supermodel Liya Kebede

    The story of Liya Kebede

    Born and raised in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Liya Kebede is an international supermodel, actress and fashion designer.  Her potential to become the supermodel that she has become was recognised while she was attending high school at the French Lycee Gebremariam in Addis Ababa.

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  • Professor Asrat Woldeyes

    Prof Asrat Woldeyes

    Professor Asrat Woldeyes was the first Ethiopian surgeon and the first Dean of the Medical Faculty at Addis Ababa University, of which he was a co-founder. He also collaborated with his few Ethiopian colleagues to create Ethiopia's first medical school.

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  • Journalist Demessie Damte – 1953 – 2012

    Journalist Demessie Damte 1953 – 2012

    Demessie Damte was an accomplished sports journalist and a commentator with demonstrated passion for sport and his country. For over more than three decades, Demessie reported on thousands of Ethiopian sports news stories with a style that has come to be his unique hallmark.

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  • Haile Gerima

    The story of independent filmmaker Haile Gerima

    Haile Gerima is an Ethiopian independent filmmaker based in the United States. He went to the US in 1968 to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. He was later transferred to the Theatre Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he completed the Masters Program in Film.

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  • Professor Tilahun Yilma

    The story of veterinary virologist Professor Tilahun Yilma

    Professor Tilahun Yilma is a veterinary virologist at the University of California who genetically engineered a vaccine for a deadly cattle disease and is now working to develop a vaccine for AIDS.  The deadly Rinderpest is an acute infectious viral disease of cattle, which has killed millions of cattle in Africa.

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  • Arcishop Abune Petros

    Arcishop Abune Petros

    Abune Petros was an archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in much of the central and eastern parts of Ethiopia during the late 1920s and early 1930s.  When Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, Abune Petros went to the frontline to help the wounded, consecrate the dead and preach the Gospel.

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  • Dr. Taye Woldesemayat

    The story of Dr Taye Woldesemayat

    Dr Taye Woldesemayat is the former President of the Ethiopian Teachers’ Association.  The ETA is an independent trade union that was established in 1951.

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  • Professor Mesfin Woldemariam

    Prof Mesfin Woldemariam

    Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is one of Ethiopia's well-known intellectuals and rights and political activists.  He taught geography at Addis Ababa University from 1959 to 1985 and wrote several books and monographs on various issues.

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  • Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin

    Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin

    Tsegaye Gebre Medhin was one of Africa's leading poets, playwrights and intellectuals who wrote an extensive list of original literature and translated some of Shakespeare's greatest works from English to Amharic.

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  • Haddis Alemayehu

    Haddis Alemayehu

    Haddis Alemayehu was a true all-rounder who contributed to Ethiopia in many number of disciplines. First and foremost, he was arguably the single most talented Ethiopian novelist who wrote some of the most loved and admired novels to date in Ethiopia.

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EthiopianStory 135 yrs ago today, son of #EmperorTewodros, #PrinceAlemayehu of #Ethiopia died while in exile in England. He was 18. http://t.co/a8CAkvLG1b
EthiopianStory Engidazer Nega, best known in #Ethiopia as the mother of comedy died 10 years ago on this day. She was 58: http://t.co/7rcd48wmvP
EthiopianStory 16 years ago today, one of #Ethiopia's leaders in education and literature, Dr. Kebede Michael, died at the age of 82 http://t.co/ly7CwKVpp8
EthiopianStory @Dr_Asrat Wow! It's just amazing how they used to do things back in the day. You really are lucky to have that kind of experience.

Food

 

Kitfo

Recipe for Kitfo

Kitfo is one of the most commonly enjoyed Ethiopian dishes.  Mince of freshly cut lean topside or round steak is its main ingredient.  What makes the Kitfo dish perfectly Ethiopian is also getting the right herbs and spices and in the right quantities.  Strictly speaking, the lean mean has to be minced by hand and not in a food processor as manually prepared dishes are generally the best tasting.  So take the time to mince the meat manually, and as fine as possible.

 

Movie

 

Traingle

Sost Maezen

The Ethiopian film industry is growing exponentially right before our eyes (literally).  Almost every time a new Ethiopian movie is out, we are blown away by how Ethiopian filmmakers have come a long way to tell Ethiopian stories in ways we never imaged would be accomplished in such a very short period of time.

This is an industry that almost didn’t exist in Ethiopia 15 years ago.  Today, it is a thriving industry that is full of ideas, creativity, talent and it knows no limits.

 

Music

 

Aster Aweke

Aster Aweke has a new album

Have you noticed how quickly things change nowadays?  Particularly good things?  How quantity has taken over quality, and how style is replacing substance?  And have you also noticed that we have gotten used to saying “the good old days” when refereeing to good memories from the past?

 

Books

 

Marcus Samuelsson

Yes, Chef

Born in Ethiopia to Ethiopian parents, he was adopted and raised in Sweden by a Swedish couple, trained as a chef in various countries around Europe, excelled as an award winning celebrity chef in the United States, hand-picked to cook for President Barack Obama as the President hosted the Indian Prime Minister at the White House, and capitalised on his reputation to open a fine dining restaurant in Harlem, New York, Marcus’ story is endlessly fascinating.