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  • 10 amazing things tourists love about Ethiopia

    Ally, one of the many tourists that enjoy Ethiopia, shares 10 things that she loved in her stay in the country.

    1. There’s always food and drink to share – Hospitality is paramount in Ethiopia. Inviting people to your home is common and with that invitation comes the promise of at least tea, but most likely a coffee ceremony and/or a meal. People invite friends, neighbors, the messenger who simply poked their head in or even someone who simply walks by your open gate with calls of “itto” or “buna setay,” “get in” or “drink coffee.” On holidays and regular days alike, Ethiopians are incredibly generous with food and drink. It is not at all uncommon for my landlady to knock on my door at 9pm holding a steaming plate of food or a pitcher of sua, just because. Holidays in particular are a testament to this hospitality – endless rolls of injera, countless servings of spicy doro wat and more cups of coffee and sua than one should count are all commonplace and offered to every guest who drops by (and even to those lucky passersby who happened to walk by at the right time).

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  • Ethiopia’s music star Teddy Afro received Award in Canada

    Teddy Afro received a star of the Generation Award from the city of Winnipeg.

    Teddy was awarded for his contribution in the promotion of peace, love, unity as well as his anti hatred messages.

    The singer received his award from the mayor of the city Winnipeg and he is thankful about it .

    “I am glad to receive this year’s a star of the Generation Award from the mayor of Winnipeg and I would like to share my heartfelt gratitude to the Mayor and residents of Winnipeg” he said.

    Teddy Afro is currently on a Canada tour. His latest concerts happened in the cities pf Toronto and Winnipeg.

    The Ethiopian music writer and singer has recently announced that he will release his new album .

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  • Robert Mugabe Biography

    Robert Mugabe has served as prime minister of Zimbabwe since 1980, and has been the nation's president since 1987. He has been re-elected to the presidency multiple times, but elections have reportedly been tainted by fraud and voter intimidation.

    Robert Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1963, he founded ZANU, a resistance movement against British colonial rule. In 1980, when British rule ended, Mugabe became prime minister of the new Republic of Zimbabwe. In 1987, he was elected president of Zimbabwe. Since 2008, Mugabe has shared power with Morgan Tsvangirai.

    Younger Years

    Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), just months after Southern Rhodesia had become a British Crown colony. As a result, the people of his village were oppressed by new laws and faced limitations to their education and job opportunities.

    Mugabe's father was a carpenter. He went to work at a Jesuit mission in South Africa when Mugabe was just a boy, and mysteriously never came home. Mugabe's mother, a teacher, was left to bring up Mugabe and his three siblings on her own. As a child, Mugabe helped out by tending the family's cows and making money through odd jobs.

    Although many people in Southern Rhodesia went only as far as a grammar school, Mugabe was fortunate enough to receive a good education. He attended school at the local Jesuit mission under the supervision of school director Father O'Hea. A powerful influence on the boy, O'Hea taught Mugabe that all people should be treated equally and educated to the fulfillment of their abilities. Mugabe's teachers, who called him "a clever lad," were early to recognize his abilities as considerable.

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  • Sheikh Al-Amoudi made his fortune in Saudi Arabia, but he remains intensely loyal to the country of his birth- Ethiopia.

    Mohammed Al-Amoudi is literally a man of many parts; born in Ethiopia to an Ethiopian mother and a Yemeni father, Al-Amoudi grew up in Saudi Arabia, yet he is the largest individual investor in Sweden.

    To date, Al-Amoudi still remains intensely loyal to his Ethiopian roots, and his multi-billion dollar investments in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector illuminate his devotion to the African country of his birth. But his fame and extraordinary fortune is not in Ethiopia, but in Saudi Arabia and Sweden.

    When he was 19, Al-Amoudi migrated from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia with his family. In Saudi Arabia, the young Al-Amoudi built a personal relationship with the Kingdom’s ruling family. As a result, in 1988 he cornered an important contract to build the Saudi government’s $30 billion nationwide underground oil storage complex. That contract cemented his fortune and instantly made him a billionaire.

    Al-Amoudi eventually returned back home to Ethiopia in the mid-1980s and founded Mohammed International Development Research and Organization Companies (MIDROC), a diversified holding company which he used to gobble up gold mines from the government at a fraction of their real market value. Today, MIDROC Gold is Ethiopia’s exclusive gold exporter. One of its mines, called Legedenbi, has annually produces close to 5,000Kg of gold and silver.

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  • Success Story from Ethiopia: Bethlehem Alemu’s Fair Trade Businesses

    Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was born in the impoverished Zenebework area near Ethiopia’s capital city in 1980. She is the oldest of four siblings. Ms. Alemu graduated from Unity University in Addis Ababa in 2004, where she studied accounting. In 2005, using a plot of land owned by her grandmother, Ms. Alemu started a workshop in her neighborhood. Her idea was to use local talent and to create ecologically and economically sustainable jobs. Ms. Alemu paid workers four to five times the minimum wage and hired leprosy survivors and others that might find it difficult to secure employment.

    Ms. Alemu’s workshop rapidly morphed into a footwear company named soleRebels, so named because Ethiopia was one of the first African countries to successfully fight off colonialists. SoleRebels uses recycled tires for the soles of sandals and shoes, which benefits the environment. In nine years soleRebels grew from a company that employed five people to one that employs over 120. SoleRebels currently distributes to over 30 countries. Amazon, Urban Outfitters and Whole Foods all sell soleRebels products and franchised and company-owned stores recently opened in Spain, Austria, Taiwan, and Japan.

    Part of Ms. Alemu’s rationale for creating her company was to challenge mass media depictions of Africa and Ethiopia as in need of outsider assistance. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2011), as a “Woman to Watch” by Forbes (2012), as one of Africa’s Top 5 Female Entrepreneurs by Business Insider (2012), a New York City Venture Fellow by Mayor Bloomberg (2012), and among “100 Dynamic Women” shaping modern Africa by Arise Magazine (2012).

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