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Alumni of Ethiopia’s Tafari Makonnen School to Gather in Washington, DC

Photographs courtesy of the TMS Alumni Association in North America (TMSAANA).

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Monday, May 23rd, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Established more than 90 years ago in Addis Ababa as one of Ethiopia’s premier modern educational institutions Tafari Makonnen School (TMS) was one of the most prestigious public schools in Ethiopia, graduating students who became the country’s first batch of diplomats, teachers, doctors, civil administrators, economists, senior military leaders, lawyers and professors. Now renamed Entoto Technical & Vocational Education Training College, those enrolled at TMS were recruited and trained from a pool of the nation’s best and brightest students.

“We came from all over Ethiopia,” recalls Dr. Bisrat Aklilu, President of the TMS Alumni Association in North America and retired United Nations official who graduated from the school in 1967. The alumni association is currently preparing to host its third general assembly on May 29th in Washington, .D.C. In a recent interview with Tadias Magazine Dr. Bisrat noted that the alumni association was established in 2011 by some of the school’s former students who currently reside in the United States “as a networking platform and as a way to give back.”

“After all most of us got where we are today because of the solid education that we received at TMS,” Dr. Bisrat added. “So it’s important that we pay back and also give the same opportunities to others who are there now. Obviously, the nature of the school has changed but that does not mean the importance of a world-class education has. In this country, as you know very well, schools basically flourish and survive on the basis of the contribution that they receive from their alumni. So we wanted to do the same for our school.”

What had distinguished TMS during its heydey was not only its focus on high quality education and its diverse multicultural student population, but also that the education system “instilled a sense of duty and service to the community and country” Dr. Bisrat said. “It was not about thinking only of yourself. Those who could not afford it were given allowance and boarding, and most importantly, civic and moral integrity was emphasized as part of the curriculum.”

“It was a very strict education and if you succeeded in finishing 12th grade then you were pretty much guaranteed acceptance to a college,” Dr. Bisrat continued. “And certainly more than 99% if not 100% went on to pursue higher education. Incidentally, the same Canadian teachers, most of them Jesuits, that taught us were later on asked by the Emperor to establish the first University College of Addis Ababa, which is now Addis Ababa University.”

At UN headquarters in New York where he worked for over 30 years Dr. Bisrat headed the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF), which he established in 2004 to “manage the resource of UN-wide bodies with an estimated six billion dollar operation,” he told Tadias. Since his retirement from the UN in 2013 Dr. Bistart said he has found more time to dedicate himself to his role as President of TMSAANA. “One of our efforts is to restore back the school’s name to Tafari Makonnen,” he says. “It’s important to keep the historical legacy of an institution like that.”

TMS was initially inaugurated on April 27, 1925, by its founder Ras Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael who was a regent at the time and later coronated as Emperor. The school’s first Superintendent was Ethiopia’s first medical doctor, Hakim Workneh Eshete, who had previously served as Emperor Menelik’s personal physician.

In addition, it was Dr. Workneh who was chosen to lead an official Ethiopian delegation to the United States in 1927 — just barely a decade before Italy’s fascist invasion of Ethiopia turned everything upside down for his first group of students at Tafari Makonnen School and for Ethiopia as whole. According to historian Bahru Zewde, Hakim Workneh was sent to the U.S. “to negotiate with a New York company, J.G. White Engineering, to build a barrage on Lake Tana; Ras Tafari (later Emperor Haile Selassie) had selected this company in response to the Anglo-Italian agreement two years earlier, which had placed Lake Tana in the British sphere of influence,” Wiki states. “This visit was significant not only for Workeneh’s meeting with the company, and officials of the United States which included President Coolidge, but for arriving in Harlem, where he delivered Ras Tafari’s greetings to the African-American community and Tafari’s invitation to skilled African Americans to settle in Ethiopia.”

TMS’ Alumni Association of North America currently has approximately 280 members and seeks “to identify specific activities and projects to help the school in terms of quality of education and to assist current and future students,” Dr. Bisrat said. “We also coordinate and engage with similar local organizations in Addis Ababa including our counterpart, the Tafari Makonnen School Alumni Charity Association (TMSCA).”

Dr. Bisrat shared with us the following quote from the inaugural speech given at the school by Regent Ras Tafari Makonnen on April 27, 1925:

This school is an instrument which will operate on our country’s behalf through the knowledge which God gives to each of you according to your lot, once you have matured and have become vigorous in intelligence. So, I beg of you to help the school which nurtures you, give you the food of knowledge: to see that it does not shrink but expands, that it does not fall but grows in strength.

If You Go:
TMS Alumni Association in North America (TMSAANA)
3RD General Assembly — May, 29 2016
Washington, D.C.
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Marcus Samuelsson Hosts 2nd Annual Harlem EatUp Food Festival May 19 – 22

Marcus Samuelsson, pictured at the inaugural Harlem EatUp Food Festival in 2015, is the co- founder of the annual food and cultural celebrations in Harlem along with Herb Karlitz of Karlitz & Co. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — The 2nd annual Harlem EatUp Food Festival is scheduled to take place from May 19th to May 22nd, 2016 at various venues in Harlem. The four-day festival, which was launched last year by the Ethiopian-born chef & entrepreneur Marcus Samuelsson and veteran event marketer Herb Karlitz allows participants “to see and taste all Harlem has to offer from the artists of the kitchen, the canvas, the stage and the streets.”

Former President Bill Clinton is the honorary chair of the festival, and the program includes the Dine In Harlem series, where “an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs will host acclaimed chefs from NYC and across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus that showcase the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.” Participating restaurants include Samuelsson’s Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem’s famous Sylvia’s Restaurant (the Queen of Soul Food), Melba’s Restaurant, The Cecil, Minton’s and Blujeen.

“Menus will be paired with wines from the Bordeaux Wine Council, and each dinner will feature dynamic Harlem artists and performers, making Dine In Harlem one of the biggest multi-room dinner parties this season,” notes the Times Square Chronicles.

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In addition, this year the festival features the Saturday and Sunday stroll at Morningside Park — sponsored by Citi bank and Aetna — highlighting “unlimited tastings of Harlem’s signature dishes, samplings of craft beer, fine wine and bespoke cocktails.”

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7 Ethiopian Films Screening in NYC in May

"Price Of Love" (Amharic/English 2015) is directed by Hermon Hailay and features cast members Eskindir Tameru, Fereweni Gebregergs, Kassahun Getatchew, Solomon Teka and Dawit Gulilat. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — At least seven Ethiopian films are set to screen in NYC in May 2016 as part of the New York African Film Festival and the 13th Annual Sheba Film Festival.

Hermon Hailay’s Price of Love will be featured at Lincoln Center this week at the NY African Film Festival as well as Director Yared Zeleke’s award-winning drama LAMB; Red Leaves by Bazi Gete starring Debebe Eshetu; Afripedia X New York by Ethiopian and Eritrean filmmakers Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe of Sweden; and The Dance of King David by Axel Baumann exploring the Ark of the Covenant. In addition, If Only I Were That Warrior, directed by Valerio Ciriaci about “the Italian occupation of Ethiopia and its unresolved legacy today,” will screen on May 24th at Tsion Cafe in Harlem as part of the 2016 Sheba Film Festival.

Below are the schedules, venues and brief descriptions of the films as shared by festival organizers.

May 6th and May 10th
Hermon Hailay, Ethiopia, 2015, 99min.
In Amharic with English subtitles

Teddy (Eskindir Tameru), the son of a prostitute who grew up on the streets after his mother’s death, desperately tries to avoid the temptation of his old ways of chewing khat and drinking. His only support system is his priest, who bought him a taxi license on the condition that he live a decent life away from his past. But after Teddy intervenes in a fight between a prostitute, Fere (Fereweni Gebregergs), and her ex-boyfriend, who sells women to “work” in the Middle East, his taxi is stolen by the latter as leverage. As a result, Teddy finds himself caught up in a relationship with Fere, and during the search for the car, they discover the price of love..

May 9th
Axel Baumann, USA, 2011, 32min.
In English and Amharic with English subtitles

Over 2900 years ago, King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. When he did, King David, “danced before the Lord with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14). The Dance of King David is a documentary film about the history and the contemporary worship of the Ark. This film examines the disappearance of the Ark from Israel and its reemergence in Ethiopia. We witness the “Dance of King David,”—an ancient rite still performed today by Jews and Ethiopians alike and we learn firsthand what it means to believe in the supernatural powers of this sacred object. (Screening with Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree)

May 10th
Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Senay Berhe, Sweden/USA, 2016, 12min.
In English

In the first in a series of short films set in the African diaspora, we meet Ethiopian/Eritrean Missla Libsekal, the founder of online publication Another Africa, as she embraces collaboration to counter the assumed perspectives of Africa and Africans. Senegalese/French photographer Delphine Diallo shares her passion and challenges in mindfully shifting her lens between Dakar and New York, while Somalian/Australian world champion Hula Hoop master Marawa continues to perfect her passion in the face of conventional expectations. Welcome toAfripedia, welcome to creativity.

May 26th
Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway/Qatar, 2015, 94min.
In Amharic with English subtitles

Yared Zeleke’s remarkable debut feature tells the story of Ephraim, a young Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live with distant relatives in the countryside after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home.

May 27th
Bazi Gete, Israel, 2014, 80min.
In Amharic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Seventy-four-year-old Meseganio Tadela (Debebe Eshetu) immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia nearly 30 years ago, but has zealously chosen to retain his culture, speaking very little Hebrew. When his wife passes away, he sets out on a journey to visit his fully assimilated children, eventually coming to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class. Ethiopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete’s debut feature is a beautifully acted, movingly rendered portrait of a man struggling with his place in the world. (Screening with Cholo)


763 St Nicholas Ave, New York, New York 10031

May 10th
Directed by Rebecca Shore , Israel/Ethiopia , 2015, 45 mins

The film follows the backstory and personal journey of Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jew, once a young shepherd in Africa and now a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces. Mekonen is one of many brave young men and women drafted into compulsory service in the IDF, to defend their homeland and the liberal values of democracy, freedom and equality. Born and raised in an Ethiopian village, Mekonen was a 12-year-old shepherd when his father died suddenly, less than a day before his family was to move to Israel. The film accompanies Mekonen back to Africa on an emotional journey. He explores his roots, makes peace with his past and embraces his future in Israel. After a difficult adjustment period in Israel, Mekonen was fortunate to attend the Hodayot High School, which educates children from troubled backgrounds and helps integrate them into Israeli society. Mekonen became a decorated officer in the IDF, while staying true to his Ethiopian roots and culture. Mekonen is an uplifting and inspiring film that will move audiences and show viewers that anything is possible with the right attitude, tools and support.

May 24th
Directed Valerio Ciriaci, USA/Italy, 2015, 72 mins

“If Only I Were That Warrior” is a film about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 and its unresolved legacy today. Driving this investigation is the story of a recently constructed monument to Rodolfo Graziani, a Fascist general remembered for war crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Ethiopia, which sparked international protests and brought this chapter of history back to the forefront of public discourse. The film’s primary aim is to offer an unprecedented glance at the controversial memory of the Fascist invasion in Ethiopia. Italy’s uncomfortable relationship with its colonial past has been a matter of discussion in academia, but the general public never engaged in a critical discourse on the real events that took place during Mussolini’s campaigns in Africa. No court ever reviewed the crimes committed. Graziani, a main player during the Ethiopian campaign and later the viceroy of the new colony, was never put on trial for his crimes. To this day many remember him as a hero in his hometown of Affile, the small town not far from Rome where the monument was erected in 2012.

Film followed by Q&A with Director

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Ethiopian Surrealism: Beyond Abyssinia by Selam Bekele and Gabriel Teodros

Multi-media artist Selam Bekele and hip hop musician Gabriel Teodros. (Photos: Martinez)

Tadias Magazine
Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, April 30th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopian American artists Selam Bekele and Gabriel Teodros will co-present their work entitled Ethiopian Surrealism: Beyond Abyssinia this weekend at a student-led conference on Afrofuturism at The New School in New York City highlighting “imagery and artistry in representation of Ethiopian culture in film and the arts.”

The three-day conference, which kicked off on Friday evening, is hosted by Students of the African Diaspora (S.O.A.D) based at The New School University. According to the organizers, the gathering explores Afrofuturism “as a cultural and aesthetic movement through a series of art happenings, performances, lectures, panels, workshops, theater pieces, film music, scholarly works, and community events.”

Selam described Afrofuturism as “a growing artistic movement; as a mix of science fiction and social justice,” as her work was featured on PBS last year. “The movement uses elements of fantasy and magical realism to examine narratives from the African Diaspora and construct stories of the future.”

Selam and Gabriel’s presentations includes Ethiopian American saxophonist and bandleader Danny Mekonen of Debo Band.

If You Go:
Afrofuturism Conference 2016
Ethiopian Surrealism: Beyond Abyssinia
(Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 2:00 PM)
63 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Watch: Selam Bekele, an Oakland Afrofuturist | KQED Arts

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Maaza Mengiste Speaks on Refugee Crisis at Pen World Voices Festival

Novelist and essayist Maaza Mengiste is the author of "Beneath the Lion’s Gaze." (Photo: by Juergen Bauer)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, April 25th, 2016

Maaza Mengiste Speaks on Refugee Crisis at Pen World Voices Festival

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopian-American writer Maaza Mengiste is one of the featured speakers at a panel discussion in NYC this week entitled Country of Nowhere: The Refugee Crisis that will be held at Nuyorican Poets Cafe as part of the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival. Panelists include Naila Al Atrash, Marlon James, Laila Lalami and Sunjeev Sahota.

“What is the responsibility of writers in humanitarian crises such as the Syrian refugee crisis? Few countries have offered shelter. Politicians and pundits have responded with hateful rhetoric and fear mongering,” states the announcement from PEN America. “Join a conversation with writers whose work contributes to an understanding of displacement, dislocation, and collective responsibility.”

Maaza Mengiste is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Maaza is also the “writer for the Ethiopia segment of GIRL RISING,” a feature film that tells the stories of 10 extraordinary girls from 10 developing countries around the world. Maaza’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio, The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story, and Lettre International.

If You Go:
Country of Nowhere: The Refugee Crisis
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:00pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door/$10 students only at the door.
Purchase tickets here.

Tadias Q & A With Maaza Mengiste

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Photos: Temsalet Book Launch & Tsehai Publishers Presentation in NYC

At the NYC book launch for Temsalet -- 64 profiles of Ethiopian women role models -- at the Schomburg Center in Harlem on Saturday, April 16, 2016. (Photograph: By Kidane M. for Tadias Magazine)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, April 18th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Call of Ethiopia — a poem by the distinguished African American writer Langston Hughes — was read by Elias Wondimu during his presentation of Tsehai Publishers on Saturday, April 16th in the lobby of the Schomburg Center in Harlem dedicated to the poet. Tsehai Publishers is one of the only remaining independent presses affiliated with a university that focuses on African literature and Pan-African voices. Saturday night’s program also included a book talk by Editor Mary-Jane Wagle featuring Temsalet: Phenomenal Ethiopian Women published by Tsehai in 2015.

During her presentation Mary-Jane Wagle highlighted some of the 64 remarkable Ethiopian women photographed by award-winning Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh and featured in the book including Amsale Gualu, the first female captain at Ethiopian Airlines; lawyer and women’s bank founder Meaza Ashenafi Mengistu (who was also the attorney and real-life inspiration for the award-winning film Difret); Ethiopia’s first female construction tower crane operator, Marta Mesele Woldemariam; women’s activist and founder of the Jalala Women’s Association, Meshu Baburi Dekebo; actress and playwright Alemtsehay Wedajo; children’s television program creator and producer Bruktawit Tigabu Tadesse; and art curator and cultural activist Meskerem Asegued Bantiwalu.

The presentations by Elias Wondimu and Mary-Jane Wagle were followed by a book signing session. Guests enjoyed Ethiopian food and coffee catered by Bunna Cafe as well as Sheba Tej and wines from Ethiopia, Chile, and South Africa served by Tsion Cafe.

This event was part of the Tadias Salon Series and co-hosted by Tadias Magazine, Tsehai Publishers and Loyola Marymount University.

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NYC Medhanialem Church 2nd Annual “Kebre Baal”

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Medhanialem Church is located in the Bronx, New York City. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, March 28th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — One of the oldest Ethiopian churches in NYC, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Medhanialem Church, which is now located in the Bronx, announced that will hold its second annual celebration — the Medhanialem Kebre Baal — this weekend.

The church moved into a newly purchased building in the Bronx two years ago achieving a major milestone for the community after three decades of service from a rental space inside the Riverside Church in Uptown Manhattan.

The 2nd annual celebration is scheduled for Saturday April 2nd, 2016. Organizers note: ዋዜማ or Eve Service starts at 3 PM on Friday, April 1st.

If You Go:
302 East 206 St
Bronx, NY 10467

Historic New York Medhanialem Church Moves into New Bronx Home (Video and Photos)

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ECMAA NYC Presents Book-Talk at Bunna Cafe with Author Bewketu Seyoum

'KeAmen Bashager' (Amharic) Paperback – 2016 by Bewketu Seyoum (Author)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, March 11th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopian poet Bewketu Seyoum, author of the new Amharic book KeAmen Bashager will hold a book-talk this weekend at Bunna Cafe in Brooklyn.

The event, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 13th, is hosted by the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) in New York City: “Join us for early dinner and drinks, and listen and talk with Bewketu,” Bunna Cafe announced. “Presentation begins at 4:30 and will be made in Amharic.

Per Amazon: “Bewketu’s new book ‘KeAmen Bashager’ consists of twenty imaginative, humorous, satirical essays based on his travel, political, and historical accounts. Bewketu eloquently states in the prologue that his travel accounts are “…more of imaginative than pictorial…”; his political essays are “…an amalgam of humming and lampoon, not a serious ideological analysis…” and the historical figures he brought to our attention are pioneers and founding fathers of a great nation Ethiopia.”

‘KeAmen Bashager’ (Amharic) Paperback – 2016 by Bewketu Seyoum (Author)

If You Go:
Sunday March 13, 2016
Bunna Cafe
1084 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer to Host Ethiopian Community Forum

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer will hold a forum for the Ethiopian community on Friday, February 26th, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — The City of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that he will host a forum for the Ethiopian Community this week, in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department.

A representative of the City’s Attorney office told Tadias the upcoming event, which is open to the public, will be held at St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church at 6:00 PM. on Friday, February 26th.

“Connect with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Area Station, which serves the Little Ethiopia area. Learn about how we work together to keep the neighborhood safe and about the many different services we provide. Bring questions, concerns and ideas. Invite friends, family, and colleagues” the announcement said. “We will also have useful crime prevention tip sheets (contractor fraud, immigration fraud, senior fraud, Identity Theft, etc) available for everyone to take home with them.”

Last Summer City Attorney Feuer also hosted a roundtable with members of the Little Ethiopia business community in addition to delivering the keynote address at the 2015 Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Festival in September.

If You Go:
L.A. Ethiopian Community Forum
Friday, February 26th at 6:00 PM.
St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
5707 Shenandoah Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90056
Free parking available

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Tayitu Cultural & Educational Center Launches Tutoring & Mentoring Program

(Photo: The Taitu Cultural & Educational Center in Washington, D.C. hosting a book signing event for Amb. Zewde Retta. Courtesy of TCEC)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — The Taitu Cultural & Educational Center (TCEC) announced that it will commence a free tutoring and mentoring program starting this weekend.

Three years ago, the Washington, D.C. area organization opened a library and research center dedicated exclusively to Amharic publications — the first of its kind in the U.S. The original collection featured more than 900 Ethiopian books and rare periodicals including newspapers, biographies, children’s books, fiction, political journals, comedy and poetry publications.

TCEC’s tutoring and mentoring program will be held every Saturday from 2-6pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center located at 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland.

“The core group managing the program has been providing mentoring and tutoring services for more than a decade in the Washington DC metro area and comprises of accomplished individuals. Tayitu Cultural & Educational Center encourages local area parents to participate and get their children registered in this exciting opportunity,” stated the press release from TCEC, adding that “Tayitu calls on volunteers to join the program and be role models to our children by helping in schoolwork and occasionally getting involved in sports, arts and other scheduled programing.”

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Fendika at 2016 Globalfest (NY Times)

The band Fendika, with Zinash Tsegaye, left, and Melaku Belay, performing Sunday at Globalfest at Webster Hall. (Photo: KEVIN YATAROLA)

The New York Times


Roots were tangled, elastic and portable at this year’s Globalfest, the annual showcase for world music that started in 2003. With 12 overlapping sets on Sunday night at Webster Hall, Globalfest included dance music, protest songs, tradition, fusion, electronics, shtick, spirituality, camp and the blues. Some of the musicians were self-conscious emissaries from their homes; others were expatriates and widely traveled citizens of a connected world. Through the years, Globalfest has demolished the stereotype of world music performers as naifs playing the only music they know. Instead, it presents tradition as a choice and a resource, affirming a heritage or giving it a personal twist…

Fendika, named after the group’s club in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is led by a whirlwind of a dancer, Melaku Belay. The music — for voices, percussion and krar (lyre) or masenko (one-stringed fiddle) — was sparse but mesmerizing, a gallery of regional modes and rhythms matched by twirling, shaking dances.

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Fendika Plays at Bunna Cafe Ahead of NYC Globalfest 2016

Fendika will perform at Bunna Cafe in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, January 15th prior to the group's show at Globalfest on January 17th, 2016. (Image: Bunna Cafe. Photo of Melaku Belay:

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, January 11th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopia’s Fendika traditional dancers are back in New York where they will perform at Globalfest 2016 this coming Sunday. Fendika is one of 12 international groups, including from Mexico and Haiti, that is scheduled to be showcased at the 13th annual Globalfest concert.

Fendika kicks off their NYC show with an appearance at Bunna Cafe in Brooklyn on Friday, January 15th, ahead of their Globalfest performance at Webster Hall in Manhattan on January 17th.

The event at Bunna Cafe features music by DJ Selam Bekele who “combines the improvisational Azmari tradition with digital surrealism to bring you a multi-media sensory experience live from the Diaspora,” Bunna Cafe announced. And as to Azmari music, “Nobody does it better than Fendika.” Organizers share that “legendary, Melaku Belay’s famous dance troupe performs at Bunna on Friday, January 15 in an early celebration of the Timket holiday.”

The New York Times described last year’s Globalfest festival as “full of fusions both geographical and temporal: local and far-flung, old and new” and “what fortified nearly every performance was the sense that the music still comes from some place like home.” The Times noted “Fendika, an ensemble led by the exuberant dancer Melaku Belay, mixes traditional music and dance from Ethiopia.”

If You Go:

Globalfest 2016
Sunday, January 17th
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York City

Fendika at Bunna Cafe
Friday, January 15th, 2016
1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Tickets at

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Meklit Hadero at 2016 NYC Winter Jazz Fest

Meklit Hadero. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, December 26th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero will perform at the 2016 New York City Winter Jazzfest on Saturday, January 16th at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village.

Winter Jazzfest takes place over two-nights on January 15th and 16th at various venues in the Village and will showcase more than 100 groups. “Continuing a tradition of supporting like-minded jazz presenters Winter Jazzfest is pleased to again feature the unique programming visions of Revive Music and New York Hot Jazz Festival who will each curate their own stages during these two-nights,” organizers announced.

Meklit is also scheduled to perform at another NYC venue, Iridium, on Monday, January 18, 2016. The concert will feature her latest music This Was Made Here, which is “deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke, the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz.”

This Was Made Here was sparked by a conversation between Meklit and Mulatu late one night after Meklit’s 2011 full band debut in Addis Ababa,” the Iridium said in its announcement. “Mulatu urged her to not play Ethio-Jazz as he and others created it 45 years ago, but to take it further and be a part of its evolution. He tasked her to make her own mark on this music, and she is now responding in song.” Meklit’s third album featuring these songs is scheduled to be released in May 2016 by Six Degrees Records.

If You Go:
Saturday, January 16, 2016
7:40pm – 8:40pm
Tickets at

Monday, January 18, 2016
8:00pm – 10:00pm
More info at

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Addis Fine Art Opens New Gallery With Inaugural Exhibition

A painting by Ethiopian artist Yosef Lule (Past and Future I, 2015, Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 40 cm), one of the works featured at the upcoming inaugural exhibition of Addis Fine Art Gallery in Ethiopia. (Courtesy of AFA)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, December 26th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Addis Fine Art announced that it will launch its new gallery in Addis Ababa on January 9th, 2016 with an inaugural exhibition featuring contemporary Ethiopian artists including Dawit Abebe, Workneh Bezu, Tamrat Gezahegne, Yosef Lule, Leikun Nahusenay, Emanuel Tegene and Michael Tsegaye.

The group exhibition entitled Addis Calling “celebrates the breadth and depth of artistic practice in Addis Ababa through the presentation of works by seven contemporary artists who live and work in the capital,” Addis Fine Art said in a press release. “The exhibition — a vibrant mix of painting, photography and mixed media — reflects the dynamic artistic activity in Addis Ababa today.”

Founded by Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile, Addis Fine Art gallery aims to represent established and emerging international artists primarily from Ethiopia and the Diaspora.

Founders of Addis Fine Art Mesai Haileleul & Rakeb Sile. (Photo: 2015 Addis Fine Art)

Addis Fine Arts’s official website states that “AFA strives to promote the work of Ethiopian artists on a global stage, increasing their visibility and inscribing their practice within the global language of cultural production.”

If You Go:
Addis Calling Exhibit
Jan 9th through Feb 12th, 2016
Bole Medhane Alem
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 913 426553

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Audio: DJ Sirak on New Africology TV & Spotlight on Hip-Hop Artist Teddy Yo

Poster for Africology TV launch party (left) and Ethiopian hip-hop artist Teddy Yo (right) who is featured in Africology TV, which launches on New Year's day 2016 at Studio XXI in New York City. (Courtesy photos)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, December 21st, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The U.S.-based African diaspora music production and entertainment media brand, Africology, will launch an online video streaming program (Africology TV) next month profiling up-and-coming artists from Africa and the Diaspora, including a weekly list of top ten music videos.

The launch party for Africology TV will takes place on New Year’s day 2016 at Studio XXI in New York City.

In the following audio interview with Tadias, Africology co-founder Sirak Getachew (DJ Sirak) discusses their new television venture as well as his thoughts on Ethiopian rap star Teddy Yo. “What he has done is that he took traditional Ethiopian folk music in a sense and blended it with hip-hop” says DJ Sirak, acknowledging that he is one of the few local artists who has successfully gained widespread popularity with this fusion.

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Ethiopian Space Science Society Presents at Space Center Houston

(Photo: Space Center Houston)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The Houston, Texas branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host representatives from the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) for a dinner meeting at Space Center Houston on Thursday, December 3rd.

“The Houston Section of AIAA is pleased and honored to be hosting Dr. Tulu Besha Bedada and Dr. Berhan Gessesse of the Ethiopian Space Science Society,” AIAA announced.

Dr. Tulu and Dr. Berhan will be discussing Ethiopia’s fledgling space program including “enhancing earth observation technology for water resource monitoring, supply and sanitation development from an African perspective.”

The recent trip to Ethiopia by NASA’s administrator Major General Charles F. Bolden, who visited the Entoto Observatory in Addis Ababa, and his subsequent “discussion with the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology will be one of the major focus areas of our public talk,” AIAA said.

The presentation by the Ethiopian guests provides an overview of Ethiopian space activities from the late 1950s to current times on work done by ESSS and Entoto Observatory.

“Our presentation will remind us about our long term partnership with USA through highlighting Ethiopia’s collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on the first of its kind space geodetic and astronomical earth observation satellite tracking and imaging mission” says ESSS. The mission used “a network of 12 BEKER NUN Camera deployed all over the world in the early days of space development. One BEKER NUN camera was installed in Ethiopia in 1966 and was in operation until 1973.”

The program also features a talk highlighting the “development of a concept to address and realize the prime objectives and aspirations of a water initiative program” launched by Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie, grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie, on “water resource status in Ethiopia (both surface water and groundwater); earth observation technology and water resource monitoring nexus; water pollution and quality monitoring; water-borne and water-related diseases; major challenges for the realization of clean water supply program in rural Ethiopia; and establishing national and international partnership & cooperation for water initiative programs in Ethiopia.”

In addition, the evening includes a Q&A and panel discussion covering topics such as a “new water initiative project for Ethiopia; the way forward for initiating space and Earth observation projects; and how to proceed to establish R&D collaboration between Ethiopian Space Science Society/Entoto Observatory and various organizations.”

If You Go:
Thursday, December 3, 5:30pm,
Space Center Houston
Astronaut Gallery
1601 Nasa Rd. 1
Houston, TX 77058
Click here to RSVP

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2015 Artists for Charity Holiday Art Auction

Artists for Charity (AFC) will hold its 9th Holiday Benefit & Art Auction in DC on December 5th, 2015. (AFC)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, November 27th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 2015 Artists for Charity (AFC) Holiday Benefit will take place on Saturday, December 5th in Washington D.C. to be held during the week of World AIDS Day.

“This year, AFC is excited to showcase the amazing work done through its ArtHeals program, an initiative aimed at improving children’s wards in hospitals in Ethiopia,” AFC said in a press release. “A live auction will take place featuring artwork from local and international artists.”

AFC said that it is “thrilled to be able to expand the collection of art this year with generous pieces donated by the McMillan- Stewart Foundation and the work of several prominent African artists.

“A small grassroots organization with a big cause, AFC operates a children’s home that raises HIV positive, double-orphaned children in a loving family environment,” the organization said. “AFC was one of the first children’s home to accept children living with HIV in Ethiopia.”

In addition to the live-auction, the holiday event features Ethiopian food, drinks, and live cultural music.

IF You Go:
AFC 9th Annual Art Auction Benefit
Artists For Charity
Saturday, December 5, 2015
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
641 S Street Northwest, #b
Washington, DC 20001
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Photos: Grand Opening of Amanuel Ethiopian Tewahdo Church in New Jersey

New Jersey's first Ethiopian owned church property, the Amanuel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in West Orange, was inaugurated on November 14th, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Adera)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, November 21st, 2015

New York (TADIAS) – Last week New Jersey’s first Ethiopian owned church property was inaugurated in West Orange, New Jersey. The Amanuel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church, which was founded in 2006 has a new permanent location at 15 Dean street in West Orange, NJ.

Below are courtesy photos from the celebration on November 14th:

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Afripedia Film Screenings & Conversation

Afripedia visual artists to perform at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on Nov 15th (Photo Courtesy: Afripedia).

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday,November 12th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Recently we featured Afripedia — a visionary online platform developed by self-taught filmmakers Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe — featuring visual artists, fashion designers, filmmakers and cultural activists across the African continent.

On Sunday, November 15th National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY will host an evening of Afripedia film screenings (Afripedia x Kenya and Afripedia x Ghana) followed by a conversation with Co-Founders Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe as well as musical performances by African visual artists Blinky Bill and Jojo Abot.

Afripedia was initially launched to showcase a series of films highlighting six African countries and is currently being developed into to a hub where African visual artists can share their work and get hired by multimedia organizations worldwide. Afripedia’s expansion is supported through a one-year residency at the New Museum’s incubator (New Inc.) in New York City.

If You Go:
In Situ: Afripedia
Sunday, November 15th, 2015
at the National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Purchase tickets here.

Watch: The first Virtual Reality music video in Africa, that was shot in Addis by Afripedia for Ethiocolor Band

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Ethiopia’s Melaku Belay of Fendika to Perform at Globalfest 2016 Concert

Melaku Belay. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Melaku Belay, leader of the traditional Ethiopian dance troupe Fendika is featured in the lineup for the 2016 Globalfest concert in New York City.

“Globalfest has announced the lineup for its 13th annual concert, which will feature performers from Mexico, Ethiopia and Haiti and be held at Webster Hall on Jan. 17,” the New York Times reported.

Melaku, who is known for his innovative and virtuoso interpretation of Eskista, has performed several shows in NYC while touring with the Ethiopian American band Debo, and most memorably he participated at the Lincoln outdoors concert in 2008 with legendary saxophonist Gétatchèw Mèkurya and The Ex band.

“Fendika an ensemble led by the exuberant dancer Melaku Belay, mixes traditional music and dance from Ethiopia,” the New York Times added.

Jon Pareles of the New York Times described last year’s Globalfest festival as “full of fusions both geographical and temporal: local and far-flung, old and new. What fortified nearly every performance was the sense that the music still comes from some place like home.” The Times noted “next year’s edition will likewise showcase an intriguing mix of artists devoted to cultural exchange and preservation.”

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Photos: Wegene Ethiopian Foundation Gala

Wegene Foundation (WEF) 15th anniversary gala on October 17th, 2015. (Photos: Tsedey Aragie/Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, October 19th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Wegene Ethiopian Foundation (WEF) celebrated its 15th anniversary this past weekend at a gala held in Falls Church, Virginia.

The U.S.-based non-profit, which was founded in 2000 by a group of friends in the Washington, D.C. area, provides economic assistance to impoverished households in Ethiopia. The organization also runs a kids club that raises funds through “bake sales, movie nights, crafting, and various other activities in order to create awareness and reach out to Ethiopian American youth.”

“One of Wegene’s unique features is that it is 100% volunteer-based,” says Nini Legesse, the founder, who was one of the fourteen community leaders representing the East African Diaspora that were honored at the White House as “Champions of Change” in 2012. At the ceremony a statement from the White House noted that the work of Wegene and other honorees helped “to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.”

Below are photos from Wegene Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration:

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US Congress Africa Policy Breakfast Series Spotlights The Migrant & Refugee Crisis

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass will host an Africa Policy Breakfast on "The African Migrant and Refugee Crisis Across the Mediterranean Sea" on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, October 16th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The African migrant and refugee crisis across the Mediterranean Sea is the subject of the October 2015 Africa Policy Breakfast Series in Washington, D.C. The event, which is hosted by U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, aims “to provide a setting for members of Congress and representatives from diverse sectors and backgrounds to discuss critical and timely issues specific to U.S.-Africa policy.”

“From January 2014 to September 2015, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people undertaking crossings of the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge in Europe,” said the announcement from The Office of Congressmember Bass, who represents the 37th District of California and is the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa. “Nearly a quarter of the estimated 350,000 refugees and migrants who have attempted the crossing originate in refugee-producing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa including: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.”

“This year alone, we have seen several tragic reports of African refugees and migrants drowning at sea in attempts to transit from North Africa to Southern Europe,” Bass added. “The largest and deadliest of these disasters was reported in April, where more than 800 migrants lost their lives in a single incident involving a capsized boat off the coast of Libya. Stories like these are indicative of the larger trend in refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, with persons from Sub-Saharan Africa making up three-fourths of those who have died at sea since 2014.”

The upcoming discussion will include senior representatives from leading U.S. agencies, international non-governmental organizations and the African Diaspora.

If You Go:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
The Gold Room
2168 Rayburn House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

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Hub of Africa Addis Fashion Week 2015

Photo courtesy: Hub of Africa Addis Fashion Week (HAFW)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, October 12th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 2015 Hub of Africa Addis Fashion Week will take place on October 22nd at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.

The 4th edition of the event will showcase the work of fifteen African designers. Organizers say that this year’s program partners include the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Development Cooperation and UNIDO.

“The objective is to create awareness in the fashion industry through capacity building and unite the industry with key players in Africa and abroad,” the press release said, noting that its presentations last year were highlighted in Vogue Italia and CNN, the latter of which featured an interview with Hub of Africa Fashion Week founder Mahlet Teklemariam.

If You Go:
Hub of Africa Addis Fashion Week 2015
October 22, 2015
Millennium Hall – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
More Info and Tickets:

In Pictures: Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2014

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Desta, Only Ethiopian Restaurant in Central New Jersey, Opens in New Brunswick

Desta Ethiopian restaurant is located at 88 Albany Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Friday, October 9th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The only Ethiopian restaurant in Central New Jersey since the closing of Makeda (the state’s first Ethiopian restaurant) will open this weekend in New Brunswick.

Desta Ethiopian Restaurant is having its grand opening on Saturday, October 10th.

The family owned business, whose name is translated as “happiness” in Amharic, is operated by husband and wife team, Tsigereda Lemlemayehu and Alemayehu Hailu, who are long-time residents of Central Jersey and are best known for their homemade injera favored by local Ethiopians.

Below are a few photos of the new restaurant:

Photo credit: Janet Mendez

If You Go:
Desta’s Grand opening in New Brunswick, New Jersey
October 10th at 2:00 pm
88 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone number (732) 249-0494

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2nd Bikila Award Ceremony in Toronto

The 2nd annual Bikila Award Ceremony and Dinner was held in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, September 26, 2015. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine

By Chris G. Clinton

Published: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Toronto, Canada (TADIAS) — The Bikila Award honored the best of the Ethiopian Diaspora in Canada at a sold-out event at the prestigious Daniel Spectrum Center in downtown Toronto this past weekend.

Among the honorees were 91-years-old Habteselassie Tafesse, known as the ‘father of Ethiopian tourism’; Duke University student, Pencil Mountain and UNICEF honorary ambassador to Ethiopia, Hannah Godefa; and Weyni Mengesha, an Ethiopian-Canadian, California-based acclaimed director of theatre arts.

In accepting the honor, Godefa, the celebrated humanitarian activist who became the youngest recipient of the Bikila Award at 17, reflected on her fourth grade experience when she discovered Abebe Bikila on a school assignment in black history. “As students focused on the heroes of the civil rights movement my father encouraged me to focus on the great Olympian,” she reflected. “Since then, I have used his exemplary actions to help me achieve my own goals,” she added.

Honored guest Dr. Senait Fisseha, an Ethiopian American humanitarian, medical doctor and lawyer encouraged the audience to reflect on the importance of helping the less fortunate in Ethiopia. Dr. Fisseha recently became Director of International Programs at Buffett Foundation, but remains an adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan where she led efforts to help train doctors in Ethiopia with an anonymous donation of $25 million.

Another speaker, Michael Grevers, Professor of History & Fine Arts, challenged Ethiopian-Canadians to help him raise $50,000 in order to help create a chairmanship in Ethiopian studies at the University of Toronto. He promised to donate $50,000 of his own funds if the community can help him achieve his goal. Professor Grevers is currently working on the “entire manuscript collection of the 15th-century Ethiopian monastery at Gunda Gunde” to make it available online.

The keynote speaker was the noted Ethiopian-American filmmaker Haile Gerima.

Last year’s honorees included Professor Kibret Mequanint; music artist The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye); Oxford University PHD student, Alpha Abebe; and former Canadian Cabinet Minister and Ambassador to Ethiopia, Honourable David MacDonald. This is the second year that the Bikila Awards were presented.

Below are photos from the 2015 event courtesy of organizers.

About the Author:
Chris G. Clinton lived in Ethiopia for a year, and is now based in Canada.

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Video: 2015 P2P Ethiopian Health Care Conference & Award Ceremony

P2P honors founders of Ethiopia's Project Mercy Woizero Marta Wolde-Tsadik & Ato Demeke Tekle-Wold (Center) in Arlington, Virginia on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. (Photograph by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 2015 Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care & Medical Education was held this past weekend at Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia.

The conference, which celebrated its seventh year anniversary, was organized by People to people (P2P), Inc., in collaboration with the Network of Ethiopian Diaspora Healthcare Professionals (NEDHP).

The program included a presentation by Hiwot S. Haileselassie, Founder of “Advocacy for Equity of Health Education for Kids with Disabilities of East African Immigrant Parents” to “overcome cultural barriers and better advocate for autistic kids in the Ethiopian community in the D.C. Metropolitan area.”

The conference also featured an update from the Ethio-American Doctors Group regarding its plan to build a $100 million, state-of-the-art medical facility in the outskirts of Addis Ababa to be completed by 2018. The Ethiopian American medical group said it has so far raised nearly $10 million towards the project.

Additional presentations at the conference included: “Bahir Dar University Medical School’s International Collaborations” by Getachew Muluken, MD; “Collaborative Agreement for Research and Training: An Institutional Collaboration Between Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Belgium and University of Gondar” by Dr. Ermias Diro; and “My Experience at an Ethiopian Emergency Department” by Dr. Tsion Firew.

This year’s award recipients were Professor Demisse Habte, President of Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, Pediatrician and former Dean of AAU Faculty of Medicine who received the Life Achievement Award; Pediatrician and Associate Professor Dr. Sisay Yifru, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at University of Gondar who received the “Young Rising Star Award,” and Woizero Marta Wolde-Tsadik and Ato Demeke Tekle-Wold of Project Mercy who were honored with a Community Service Award. P2P also gave out two special recognition awards to Professor Dennis Carlson, Former Dean of Gondar Public Health College (1964-67) and to Tadias Magazine.

Below is a video highlight of the 2015 P2P Ethiopian Health Care Conference & Award Ceremony:

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2015 Bikila Award Winners Announced

Last year’s honorees included singer Abel Tesfaye, Dr. Taffara Deguefe and Dr. Clare Pain. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 2015 Bikila Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner is set to take place this coming weekend in Toronto, Canada.

The award, which is named after Olympian and Ethiopian marathon hero Abebe Bikila, was created two years ago in Ontario, Canada by the non-profit organization Bikila Award Inc. to recognize Ethiopian achievements.

The inaugural Bikila Award recipients last year included Ethiopian-Canadian music sensation Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), Dr. Taffara Deguefe, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Clare Pain, winner of a Professional Excellence Award for her work “in psychiatry and exemplary contribution to the Development of Mental Health Services in Ethiopia.”

“The objective of Bikila Award is to foster academic and professional excellence, as well as to promote volunteerism among persons of Ethiopian origin residing in and outside Canada,” organizers said in a press release. “Various professional and academic excellence awards are presented annually to such selected persons, friends of Ethiopia and exemplary Ethiopians who have made outstanding contribution to society and the Ethiopian community.”

This year Ethiopian filmmaker and professor at Howard University Haile Gerima will deliver the keynote address, while the guests of honour include Dr. Senait Fisseha MD. JD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Michael Gervers, professor of History and Art History at UofT.

The event will feature dinner, jazz music, comedy and door Prizes.

Below is the list of the 2015 Award winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award- Lij Habteselassie Tafesse

Professional Excellence Award- Dr. Ingida Asfaw

Professional Excellence Award- Mr. Mulugeta Desta

Professional Excellence Award- Ms. Weyni Mengesha

Professional Excellence Award- Mr. Yared Nigusu

Professional Excellence Award- Professor Joseph Beyene

Community Service Excellence Award – EOTC- St, Mary Church

Community Service Excellence Award- Ms. Hannah Godefa

Academic Excellence Award and Scholarship winners- Betel Yiberhu, Kalkidan Legesse, Gelila Ephrem, Bekure Mekbib

If You Go:
The 2015 Bikila Award Celebration and Gala Dinner
Saturday, September 26, 2015.
At Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Canada

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The Africa Festival is Coming to D.C.

(Images: Courtesy of the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs -- OAA)


By Reginald Johnson

The Africa Festival is coming to D.C. this weekend

Washington D.C. will come alive on September 27, 2015, as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her Office on African Affairs (MMOAA) hold the 6th Annual DC Africa Festival, the city’s free community event giving locals a chance to learn more about its African population through art, culture, food, history, and music.

The event has easily become one of the most anticipated cultural events in the District. It has gone from a few hundred to now drawing thousands of visitors; thousands who learn a great deal. It’s part of MOAA’s Multicultural Awareness and Community Building Program. It’s a way to celebrate the varied identities of African people; promoting the different cultures within the District’s African community; and encouraging all District residents to learn about African heritage, customs, and history.

For decades, Africans from all walks of life have migrated from Africa to DC to build better lives for themselves and their families and to contribute to the District’s community. This year’s festival, themed Showcasing Diasporan Diversity, Building Communities aims to portray this journey, offering snapshots of it, connecting the threads of its continuity, and showcasing the cultural, musical and historical vivacity of a settled African community in the District that they now call home. The festival will help connect African immigrants to government resources and community-based organizations available in to help them benefit from our thriving city, to highlight the value of diversity, and to underline that living in a multicultural city strengthens our resilience and broadens our resources all around.

Among other attractions, the 6th Annual DC Africa Festival will feature exciting activities for people of all ages, including: locally and nationally acclaimed live music and dance performances, a parade of African flags ceremony – paying homage to the diverse African communities represented in the District, a Children’s Corner featuring fun games and activities for kids of all ages, an African Culture Chalets with enticing experiences of African cultures, contemporary designs and traditional African attire, and arts, crafts, and food vendors highlighting the best of Africa in DC.

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In Pictures: Ethiopia Day Picnic in NYC

Ethiopian Day picnic on Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at Sakura Park in New York City. (Photo: ECMAA)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The second annual Ethiopian Day picnic in New York City was held this past Sunday, September 20th at Sakura Park, Riverside Drive in Manhattan.

The family-friendly event, which was hosted by the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA), featured food, music and games.

Here are a few photos courtesy of the organizers:

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Wegene Foundation’s 15th Anniversary

(Photo courtesy of Wegene Ethiopian Foundation - WEF)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Wegene Ethiopian Foundation (WEF) will be celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary on October 17th this year. The U.S.-based non-profit, which was founded in 2000 by a group friends in the Washington, D.C. area, provides economic assistance to impoverished households in Ethiopia.

“The goal of Wegene is to enable hardworking, poor families to meet their daily needs and send their children to school in a sustainable way,” says Nini Legesse, the founder, who was one of the fourteen community leaders representing the East African Diaspora that were honored at the White House as “Champions of Change” in 2012. At the ceremony a statement from the White House noted that Wegene and the other honorees work “to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.”

Nini points out that the organization also runs a kids club that raises funds through “bake sales, movie nights, crafting, and various other activities in order to create awareness and reach out to Ethiopian American youth.”

“One of Wegene’s unique features is that it is 100% volunteer-based,” Nini says. “As a result, our overhead cost is near to nothing, because everyone involved is donating their time, money, and other in-kind donations.”

“This year, we have moved to a bigger & better venue to better accommodate our supporters and celebrate our 15th Year Anniversary with a bang!” the announcement says. “We hope to see you there!”

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‘Difret’ To Open In U.S. Theaters This Fall

(Poster for Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s ‘Difret’)

Okay Africa

‘Difret’ Heads To U.S. Theaters In Time For Awards Season

In the Sundance-winning Ethiopian court drama Difret, writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari chronicles the true story of a girl and a lawyer who take on the tradition of abduction for marriage known as “telefa”. Executive produced by Angelina Jolie, the film made its world premiere at Sundance 2014– where it won the World Cinematic Dramatic Audience Award– and was subsequently selected (but not nominated) as the Ethiopian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Just in time for awards season, the film is headed to U.S. cinemas next month for a limited theatrical run beginning on October 23.

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DIFRET release trailer from Tambay A Obenson on Vimeo.

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NYC Enkutatash Celebrations at Bunna, Queen of Sheba Restaurant & Tsion Cafe

(Images courtesy: Tsion Cafe, Bunna cafe and Queen of Sheba Ethiopian restaurant in New York City)

Tadias Magazine
by Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, September 11th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — If you reside in the New York area or if visiting the city this weekend, there are a few Enkutatash celebrations in NYC welcoming the year 2008 in Ethiopia.

Bunna Cafe in Brooklyn is hosting a dance party Friday night along with “Sambusa and drink specials” and music by Arki Sound and DJ Sirak. Queen of Sheba restaurant in Midtown Manhattan the new year celebration includes a special guest DJ hosted by Feleg.

On Saturday, September 12th at Tsion Cafe in Harlem Massinko remix will provide the music entertainment while the cafe will serve wine and shiro specials.

We wish our readers Melkam Addis Amet. Happy Ethiopian New Year!

If You Go:
Friday, September 11th
Bunna Cafe
1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
10:30pm to 4am
New Year’s Celebration with Arki Sound and DJ Sirak
No Cover!
$5 Sambusa and drink specials

Queen of Sheba
$10 cover
with special DJs and hosted by Feleg
650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Phone:(212) 397-0610

Saturday, September 12th
Tsion Cafe
Music by Massinko Remix  
763 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031
Phone:(212) 234-2070

Celebrating the Ethiopian New Year With Mahmoud Ahmed — The Washington Post
Little Ethiopia Street Festival & Enkutatash Celebration in Los Angeles
Enkutatash in Chicago: Ethiopia Fest to Celebrate New Year
San Jose’s Flag Raising Ceremony in Celebration of Ethiopian New Year

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Zemene Makes NYC Premiere in Harlem

Zemene. (Photo courtesy of the Harlem International Film Festival)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, September 10th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The documentary entitled Zemene, featuring a 10-year-old Ethiopian girl’s healing journey and inspirational story, will premiere in New York on closing night at the Harlem International Film Festival this weekend. Zemenework, whose story is depicted in the film, will also be present at the premiere.

“We are excited and honored to confirm that Zemene will be journeying all the way from Ethiopia for this special premiere,” the Harlem International Film Festival announced. “We look forward to meeting this amazing girl and hearing from her and director Melissa Donovan.”

Donovan told Tadias that the film Zemene is also being considered for PBS and will be streamed on Indieflix, an independent film distribution and online streaming service, shortly after the Harlem screening.

“Living in a remote village with a rare curvature of the spine, Zemene struggles with poverty, poor education, and potentially life-threatening illnesses,” the press release states. “But a chance encounter in the streets of Gondar with Dr. Rick Hodes sets in motion a series of events that will change Zemene’s life and the future of her village forever. Shot throughout the beautiful countryside of Ethiopia, the film is a poetic testament to the power of compassion and the potential within us all.”

Zemene, which also screened at the Library of Congress last month, is winner of 7 awards including Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Boston Film Festival.

In his review of the film Ethiopian-born Abraham Verghese, medical doctor and author of Cutting for Stone, endorsed the film saying: “I will be getting everyone I know to watch this wonderful movie. It’s a reminder of our humanity and the great work that one person can do to change another person’s life. Just brilliant.”

The 10th Annual Harlem International Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corporation.

If You Go:
Sunday, September 13, 2015
7:00pm 9:30pm
Doors open at 7pm
Tickets $11.50 General Admission, $9 Student and Senior
Click here for more info

ZEMENE, feature documentary – Trailer from melissa donovan on Vimeo.

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Krar Collective to Perform in New York

Krar Collective is a UK-based Ethiopian three-piece band inspired by the traditional krar. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The London-based Ethiopian traditional music trio, Krar Collective, will perform live at the Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium in New York City on Thursday, September 24th.

Krar Collective follows a recent string of fantastic Ethiopian artists who have performed at the Lincoln Center Atrium including Hailu Mergia, Meklit Hadero, and Grammy–nominated Ethiopian American Singer Wayna.

A description of Krar Collective on their website notes that the trio is “Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former student of Ethiojazz legend Mulatu Astatke” and “perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms.”

“With songs that journey from gently, rippling acoustic numbers to truly rabble-rousing, this music that is at once African, and yet unique to Ethiopia will move your soul and rock your feet,” the announcement states. “The traditional acoustic krar lyre is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; electrified, in the hands of Zeleke it becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar. Accompanied just by traditional kebero drums and fronted by stunning vocals, Krar Collective with a minimal line up create a surprisingly full band sound, leading them to be dubbed The Ethiopian White Stripes.”

(Picture by Petra Cvelbar via

If You Go:
Krar Collective at Lincoln Center Atrium
Thursday, September 24th at 7:30 PM
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
New York City

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Enkutatash in Chicago: Ethiopia Fest to Celebrate New Year

(Images: Courtesy of The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) and via CBS Chicago)

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — As the new year approaches in Ethiopia so are preparations for the 2nd annual Ethiopia Fest Chicago, a four-day cultural celebration marking the Ethiopian holiday in the Windy City.

The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC), organizer of the event, announced that this year’s Enqutatash festival will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 12:00-6:00pm at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church located in the Edgewater neighborhood.

“Last year’s festival highlighted a great interest and need for more variety in the cultural festival landscape in Chicago,” said Sergut Dejene, President of the ECAC’s Auxiliary Board, and founder of the festival. “We were really excited to see how many people came out to experience the culture of Ethiopia, and hope we can continue to build on the momentum.”

This year’s Ethiopia Fest features Chicago band New Constellations, and “will celebrate the rich culture of Ethiopia with food and merchandise vendors, arts & crafts, an Ethiopian fashion show, as well as traditional Ethiopian dance performances, led by creative director Yaasha Abraham.”

If You Go:
2nd Annual Ethiopia Fest Chicago
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 12:00- 6:00pm
Venue: Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church,
5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Admission: $5 for adults and children.

For more information on Ethiopia Fest Chicago, please contact Eyobel Getachew, Marketing Chair for the ECAC Auxiliary Board at

San Jose’s Flag Raising Ceremony in Celebration of Ethiopian New Year

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UN 70th Celebration to Commemorate Ethiopia, Role of Haile Selassie

United Nations logo commemorating the 70th anniversary of the global organization this year. (

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — This October the United Nations turns 70, and on Thursday, August 20th a special event commemorating Ethiopia’s role as a founding member of the organization will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The evening’s program features speeches by authors, historians and former UN staff as well as a documentary highlighting former Emperor Haile Selassie’s role at the UN’s predecessor organization, the League of Nations, and film clips of his speech at United Nations (1963), the White House, and at a town hall with young Ethiopian students.

Dr. Girma Abebe, who served with the Ethiopian Mission to the UN from 1958-1966 and later as Deputy Director at the UN Secretariat Department of Political Affairs will give the keynote address highlighting Haile Selassie’s speech on peace, security and human rights at the UN, as well as the former emperor’s visit to the Abyssinia Baptist Church in Harlem. Additional speakers include Frances Vieta, investigative reporter and author of Ethiopia: Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers; and Uwaifo George, entrepreneur, international development expert and consultant to the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations. Award-winning journalist and television anchor, Cheryl Wills, from NY1 News will MC the event.

The program is hosted by Nation to Nation Networking in collaboration with the UNSRC Athletics Club and Winston Irie & the Selective Security Band, with the aim of promoting accountable and inclusive international institutions (sustainable development goal #16), and creating awareness and fundraising to ensure healthy lives (sustainable development goal #3) with proceeds from the evening going towards malaria prevention treatment for 3,000 individuals by the end of 2018.

If You Go:
Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Time: 6pm to 9pm (Reception from 6-6:30pm)
Venue: United Nations Headquarters, 46th Street & 1st Ave, Lower Level (1B) Conf. Room #3
Donation: $50 via paypal at
(students ages 18 and up can attend for free – please RSVP to reserve a seat)
* Valid ID/Passport required for entrance.
For more information please contact: 917-375-3636

United Nations Seventieth Anniversary

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Intellectual Property Symposium in Virginia Aims to Reach Ethiopian Americans

The event is presented by Young Ethiopian Professionals (YEP), Society of Ethiopian American Engineers and Scientists and CIPA.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, August 8th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — How do you protect your ideas and what is intellectual property?

A symposium on the topic is being organized by Young Ethiopian Professionals ((YEP), Society of Ethiopian American Engineers and Scientists (SEAES), and The Caribbean Intellectual Property Association (CIPA). The program, which is scheduled for Friday, August 14th at the US Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, features expert discussions covering areas of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Speakers at the event include Anthony (Tony) Knight, Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Susan Anthony, Acting Director in the Global Intellectual Property Academy at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach.

“This is your chance to learn why you should protect your intellectual property, explore the differences between Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for copyright,” the announcement states. “Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about intellectual property from top experts in the area.”

If You Go:
Understanding Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Friday, August 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
US Patent and Trademark Office (Madison Auditorium)
600 Dulany St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Click here to RSVP

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Photos: 2015 Ethiopian Soccer Tournament

At the 2015 Ethiopian Soccer Tournament in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Tadias Magazine)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, July 6th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 32nd annual Ethiopian sports and cultural festival took place from June 28th to July 4th at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium in College Park.

Below are a few photos from the event along with images from Silver Spring.

Abay Hopes to Bring ESFNA Meet to NYC

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7th Global Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care & Medical Education

(Photograph from past conference courtesy of People to People, Inc.)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — People to People Inc. (P2P) and the Network of Ethiopian Diaspora Healthcare Professionals has announced that the 7th annual Global Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care and Medical Education will be held on September 26th, 2015 in Washington, DC Metro Area.

Key topics that will be highlighted at the upcoming conference include “disaster management and response with special focus on the Ebola epidemic, injury and trauma in the Ethiopian setting, new licensure exam and requirements for medical school graduates and physicians in Ethiopia, diaspora partnership projects as well as abstract and poster presentations on health related topics relevant to Ethiopia,” P2P said in a statement.

If You Go:
Saturday September 26
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Washington, DC Metro Area
(Exact location to be announced later)
More info and update at

University of Gondar Med School Re-graduates 500 Alumni at 60th Anniversary
Tadias Interview: Dr. Enawgaw Mehari on Pan-African Health Conference

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Children of Adwa Film Screening in LA

(Image via Twitter)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, June 22, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Haile Gerima’s long awaited sequel to his critically acclaimed film Adwa will screen in Los Angeles this weekend. The work in progress entitled The Children of Adwa: 40 Years Later “tells the story of the second Italian invasion of Ethiopia,” the event announcement notes. “Using intimate accounts from Ethiopian resistance fighters accompanied with archival footage The Children of Adwa illustrates what some people have called the true beginning of World War II, an invasion that captured the attention of the world and an occupation that tested the will of the people.”

Haile Gerima, who is also currently fundraising for his new film Yetut Lij, will be present for a Q&A following the film screening at University of California, Los Angeles, his alma mater, on Saturday, June 27th at James Bridges Theater. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided by Azla Vegan.

If You Go:
The Children of Adwa
Film Screening + Discussion / Haile Gerima
Saturday, June 27, 2015
6 pm
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Paid parking available in Parking Structure 3
For more info email
Or call (213) 745-7455
Click here to buy tickets

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10th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum

At the 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum in Washington on August 2nd, 2014. (Photos by Matt Andrea)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — This summer marks the 10-year anniversary of the annual Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum that has been held in Washington, D.C. since 2005.

The theme for the 2015 conference, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st at the George Washington University, is entitled “Exploring Opportunities in Ethiopia’s Untapped Healthcare Industry.”

“The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum is a business conference which annually discusses business and investment matters relevant to the Ethiopian Diaspora community both in the United States and Ethiopia,” announced The Ethiopian American, the organizer of the event.

In addition to the main gathering in D.C. organizers said the forum this year “will be held in various cities across the United States and Ethiopia.”

If You Go:
The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
Jack Morton Auditorium, The George Washington University
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Click here to register.

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NED Talk Featuring Lily Mengesha: Media and Ethiopia’s Anti-Terror Law

Journalist Lily Mengesha. (Photograph courtesy of the National Endowment for Democracy)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, June 15th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopian journalist Simegnish (Lily) Y. Mengesha, who is currently a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC is the featured speaker at an upcoming presentation hosted by The International Forum for Democratic Studies at NED.

The event entitled: “Too Scared to Post: Freedom of Expression Under Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation” will be held on Tuesday, June 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program will include comments by Yohanan Assefa of the National Endowment for Democracy and will be moderated by Sally Blair of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

“The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States spurred the passage of anti-terrorism legislation worldwide, a development that has engendered widespread debate about the dangers such legislation can pose to civil liberties. Ethiopia is no exception: In 2009, after domestic and international threats to Ethiopia’s national security, its parliament passed a far-reaching anti-terrorism bill whose controversially broad parameters have been used to clamp down on freedom of expression and political dissent. Despite an international outcry, the Ethiopian government continues to employ the sweeping anti-terror law to crack down on journalists critical of the regime. At least fifteen reporters and bloggers have been charged and sentenced to prison terms since the law took effect, while more than thirty others have been driven out of the country. In her presentation, Simegnish Mengesha will analyze the origins of the anti-terrorism law and its harsh effects on Ethiopian media, focusing on new media and highlighting cases of journalists directly affected by the law. She will offer recommendations for creating a more open media environment in Ethiopia. Her presentation will be followed by comments from Yohanan Assefa,” the National Endowment for Democracy announced in a press release.

“Lily Mengesha is a seasoned journalist, media consultant, and translator who has served most recently as director of the Ethiopian Environment Journalists Association. An outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, she has worked extensively with foreign news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, and the BBC, partnering with the international media to highlight stories the Ethiopian government would rather leave uncovered. In 2005, she began working with the Sub-Saharan Informer and covered the political unrest following Ethiopia’s national elections that year. In 2012, she assisted U.S. photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair and the United Nations Population Fund in producing the award-winning documentary “Too Young to Wed.” On Press Freedom Day 2015, Ms. Mengesha conducted an interview and press conference with President Barack Obama at which she highlighted the plight of Ethiopian journalism. Yohanan Assefa is program officer for East and Horn of Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy.”

If You Go:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004
Acceptance only with name and affiliation by Friday, June 19
Click here to RSVP

Beyond Elections: Ethiopia’s Uncertain Political Path

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Conversations With Great Leaders Featuring Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, June 11th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The Aspen Institute‘s “Conversations With Great Leaders” series presents an evening featuring Marcus Samuelsson, the awarding-winning Ethiopian-born chef, restaurateur and author, in conversation with Corby Kummer, a highly regarded journalist and restaurant critic for Boston and Atlantic magazines. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 17th at Roosevelt House at Hunter College in New York City.

The Aspen Institute notes: “Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who first caught the attention of the culinary world at Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit. The author of several books including the James Beard award-winning The Soul of a New Cuisine, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home and Yes, Chef, he served as a judge on Chopped, and was the winner on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season Two as well as the second season of Chopped All-Stars. In 2009, Marcus was selected as a guest chef at the White House. His philanthropic work includes serving as UNICEF Ambassador and as a board member of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. His iconic restaurant Red Rooster Harlem has earned countless accolades for its food, style and connection to the community. In May, Marcus opened Streetbird Rotisserie and partnered with Mayor De Blasio, former President Bill Clinton, and Tren’ness Wood-Black for Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival.”

Moderator Corby Kummer who is a senior editor at The Atlantic “has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. He was a restaurant critic for New York magazine and is currently a restaurant critic for Boston and Atlantic magazines. Kummer is the winner of five James Beard Journalism Awards. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Smithsonian, and the author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food.”

If You Go:
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. Reception catered by Red Rooster
7:00 p.m. Program
Roosevelt House at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
New York City
Space is limited; Registration will close Friday, June 12th.
Click here to RSVP.

Tadias Interview With Marcus Samuelsson about his book ‘Marcus Off Duty’

Tadias Interview with Marcus Samuelsson About His Memoir ‘Yes, Chef’

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Beyond Elections: Ethiopia’s Uncertain Political Path

Election officials verify voters' cards in Addis Ababa, May 24, 2015. (AP photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — On Tuesday, June 16th in Washington, D.C. Freedom House will host a panel discussion on the recently held Ethiopia elections. The preliminary results released so far by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) show the long predicted sweep of votes by the ruling party.

“The panelists will explore the future of multiparty democracy and inclusive politics under EPRDF’s rule, Ethiopia’s continued downward democratic trajectory, and the country’s role as a key development and security partner of the West in the Horn of Africa,” said the press release from Freedom House, the U.S.-based non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights.

Participants include Terrence Lyons, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Vukasin Petrovic, Director for Africa at Freedom House, and Steven Feldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The discussion will be moderated by Robert Herman, Vice President of Freedom House.

“This event will also address the fate of the country’s continued stability in the face of growing frustration among different ethnic and religious communities as well as the demographic pressure that the much touted economic growth is supposedly addressing,” notes the announcement. “Finally, the panel will point to opportunities for future engagement with the government of Ethiopia, civil society, the media and other stakeholders with the aim of expanding the political space and strengthening viable democratic institutions.”

If You Go:
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Click here to register.

Ethiopia’s crackdown on dissent drives opposition to push for ‘freedom first’ (The Guardian)
Ethiopia Opposition Says Elections ‘Undemocratic Disgrace’ (AFP)
As Expected Ruling Party Claims Big Win in Early Ethiopia Election Results
Statement From US State Dept on Ethiopia May 24th Elections (Press Release)
AU Observers Avoid Words ‘Free & Fair’ In Ethiopia Election Assessment (VOA)
African Observers Say Ethiopia Poll Credible, Opposition Cries Foul (Reuters)
No Suspense in Ethiopia Election Results (Photos)
Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Is Expected to Keep Grip on Power (NY Times)
Ethiopia Election Met With Silence From Ordinary Voters (VOA News)
Ethiopia’s Election: ‘Africa’s Largest Exercise of Political Theatre’ (The Guardian)
With Limited Independent Press, Ethiopians Left Voting in the Dark (CPJ)
Opponents Question Ethiopia’s Democracy (VOA)
Imperiling the Right to Vote in Ethiopia (Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)
Is Ethiopia About to Get More Than One Opposition MP? (BBC)
No Western Observers for Ethiopian Elections (VOA)
As Ethiopia Votes, What’s ‘Free and Fair’ Got to Do With It? — The Washington Post
Washington Enables Authoritarianism in Ethiopia (Aljazeera America)
Ethiopian PM Faces His First Election Ever (VOA News)
Wendy Sherman Says Editorial on US-Ethiopia ‘Mischaracterized My Remarks’ (The Washington Post)
The United States’ Irresponsible Praise of Ethiopia’s Regime — The Washington Post
U.S. Wrong to Endorse Ethiopia’s Elections (Freedom House)

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Photos From Aster Aweke’s Concert at SOB’s in New York City

Aster Aweke performing at SOB's in New York on June 5th, 2015. (Photo credit: Kindane Mariam for Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, June 8th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The queen of Ethiopian pop music, Aster Aweke, was back in New York City for a live show at SOB’s on Friday, June 5th. The concert was presented by Orit Entertainment Group and sponsored by several Ethiopian restaurants including Bunna, Ghenet and Bati in Brooklyn, as well as Awash, Meskerem, Injera and Queen of Sheba in Manhattan.

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Chester Higgins Zéma: Ethiopia Photos

(Photo by Chester Higgins Jr. All Rights Reserved)

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News Update

Press release

New York — Skoto Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Zéma, A Love Song celebrating Ethiopia’s unique landscape and people as well as impressionistic imagery honoring ancestral spirits along the Blue Nile by the acclaimed American photographer Chester Higgins. This will be his first solo show at the gallery. The artist will be present at the reception on Thursday, May 21st, 6-8pm.

With his camera, Chester Higgins “wrestles with issues of memory, place and identity, he sees his life as a narrative and his photography as its expression. His art gives visual voice to his personal and collective memories. It is inside ordinary moments where he finds windows into larger meaning. Light, perspective, and points in time are the pivotal elements he uses to reveal an interior presence within his subjects as he searches for what he identifies as the Signature of the Spirit. The works of Chester Higgins challenges us to see the full breadth of our humanity. Through his portraits and studies of living rituals, traditional ceremonies and the monuments and ruins of ancient civilizations, viewers gain a rare insight into cultural behavior — a window to another place and time.

Higgins is the author of the photo collections Black Woman, Drums of Life, Some Time Ago, Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa — a comprehensive look at the African Diaspora — and Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging. His memoir entitled, Echo of the Spirit: A Photographer’s Journey and illustrated Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile. Higgins photographs have appeared in ArtNews, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Look, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, Geo, The New Yorker and Archaeology. His work is the topic of two PBS films, “An American Photographer: Chester Higgins Jr.,” and “Brotherman” and has been featured on CBS: “Sunday Morning News,” PBS: “The NewsHour,” ABC: “Like It Is,” and “Freedom Forum.

His solo exhibitions have appeared at the International Center of Photography, The Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of African Art, The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Schomburg Center, The Newark Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, The Field Museum of History, The New-York Historical Society and the Windows Gallery/Kimmel Center of New York University and The Dapper Museum in Paris.

He is the recipient of grants from The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Center of Photography, the Open Society Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation (ICP). He recently retired from the New York Times as a staff photographer for nearly four decades.

Artist Statement

Wrestling with issues of memory, place and identity, I see my life as a narrative and my photography as its expression. My art gives visual voice to my personal and collective memories. It is inside ordinary moments where I find windows into larger meaning. Light, perspective, and points in time are the pivotal elements I use to reveal an interior presence within my subjects as I search for what I identify as the Signature of the Spirit.

Apparitions: “The revelation of the Spirit comes in a fleeting moment, ethereal and unreal, yet its impact on our senses can be profound and unrelenting. We perceive the Spirit on many levels, in the most mysterious of ways. Its appearance is by nature impermanent; like smoke, it cannot be contained. The Spirit affects us in ways like none other because we have no reference; by definition, it is the other—the other side, the other way.

Like people who see divinity in the complexity of Nature, I believe there is a Spirit in all things. To me, dried plant leaves are the remains of the once fuller Spirit that inhabited the plant. Life is fleeting, but in its departure I believe the Spirit is the only thing that can transit time and space.

My new imagery comes from a decade of falling in love with plant leaves. I’ve experimented with different leaves, but for me it is the very large leaves of tropical plants that tend to dry in the most interesting manner. Each summer I plant bulbs, tend them and, when they begin to die back, harvest the leaves. These are hung to dry inside the studio for a few months before I start making computer-generated images of them. I position them and use software to accentuate a more abstract expression. By freeing the image from its reality, I believe I allow the Spirit to linger and viewers to commune with it—to embrace the Spirit and make it their own.

I title these abstract images of plant leaves after the ancestors. In ZEMA, I am naming them after ancient Ethiopian ancestors.”

Chester Higgins, 2015
Brooklyn, New York

If You Go:
Chester Higgins Zéma Photographs
Opens May 21, 6-8pm
529 West 20th Street, 5FL
New York, NY 10011 212-352 8058

Chester Higgins’ Homage to Ethiopia (The New York Times)
Zéma: Photo Exhibition in New York City (TADIAS)

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Aster Aweke Live in NYC June 5th

Orit Entertainment Group presents Aster Aweke at SOB's in New York on June 5th, 2015. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Sunday, May 17th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Aster Aweke returns to SOB’s in New York City on Friday, June 5th.

The opening act for Aster’s concert is Dance Theater of Nepal Master Musicians who will be fundraising for the victims of the earthquake in their country. “We are combining the two cultures to show that Ethiopians are extending their hands to Nepal,” the announcement said.

The event is sponsored by several Ethiopian restaurants in New York including Bunna, Ghenet and Bati in Brooklyn, as well as Awash, Meskerem, Injera and Queen of Sheba in Manhattan.

Aster, who has been dubbed the queen of Ethiopian pop music, has been entertaining her fans around the world for more than 30 years. Her label Kabu Records notes: ”Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers.”

If You Go:
Aster Aweke Live at SOB’s
Friday, June 5th, 2015
Door opens at 11pm
Admission $30 in advance
For info and Table reservation call:
917.943.7817 or 917.821.9213

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Denver: Watch Ethiopian Documentary and Raise Fund for Nepal Earthquake

Mel Tewahade (Center), the filmmaker of "Peace Corps in Ethiopia," during a tour of Ethiopia in 2012 that he organized for 101 former Peace Corps volunteers gathered from all over the U.S. (Photograph: GEAA)

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Events News

Published: Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Denver, Colorado — The Denver Lion’s Foundation will host a screening of Mel Tewahade’s documentary Peace Corps in Ethiopia on May 17th at Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Denver.

The event is also a fundraiser for people affected by the Nepal earthquake, which so far has killed over 5000 people. “A full Nepal buffet cuisine will be provided and cash bar,” organizers announced.

“We at the Lions Foundation and members of the Ethiopian community in Colorado are proud to work together to uplift our brothers and sisters in Nepal in this moment of challenge.”

Peace Corps in Ethiopia documents programs to improve education there during the 60s and early 70s. The film is a follow up to Mel’s Point Four documentary series, and was spurred by a 2012 trip to Ethiopia where the filmmaker accompanied over one hundred returning former Peace Corps friends on a 50th anniversary trip.

If You Go:
May 17,2015 at 6PM
Yak and Yeti Restauran
9755 E Hampden Ave
Denver, CO 80231

Video: Mel Tewahade – Point Four Documentary (Oklahoma State TV)

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Miazia 27 Pan-African Celebration in DC

Photo from previous event showing Dr. Mikael Wossen and Ms. Gail Hansberry presenting wreath accompanied with Father Melvin Deal and-Sergeant Ashenafi Kebede. (Courtesy photo)

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Events News

Published: Friday, May 1st, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 6th Wreath Laying Ceremony and the Miazia 27 Pan-African Celebration will be held in Washington, D.C. this weekend. The annual event starts with a wreath laying ceremony on Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5 pm at the African American Civil War Memorial. The Afro-American Iskista group and the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers are also scheduled to perform at the program.

“We use the occasion to honor Americans of African descent who fought for freedom in the American Civil War, and the Ethiopians who fought for freedom at Adwa and during World War II,” organizer Tamrat G. Medhin said. “The commemorative celebration includes cultural shows and wreath laying in front of the African American Civil War Memorial Statue followed by a panel discussion at the museum to highlight the impact of the African struggle both on the continent and in the Diaspora to be free.”

Photos from past Miazia 27 Pan-African Celebration in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

Tamrat Medhin (top left) receiving a Pan-African Bridge Building award from former DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray on September 30th, 2013 during the 4th Annual DC African Heritage Cerebration. (Courtesy photo)

If You Go:
Sunday May 3, 2015
African American Civil War Memorial, Washington DC
time : 4pm to 5pm

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Preview: 2015 Sheba Film Festival

"Asni," the documentary about the legendary Ethiopian artist Asnaketch Worku is one of the films showing at the 2015 Sheba Film Festival in New York. (Courtesy photograph)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, April 27th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The 12th annual Sheba Film Festival, which takes place at the JCC Manhattan and Tsion Cafe next month, features exciting new films from Ethiopia and Israel including Red Leavis by directors Bazi Gete and Haggai Arad from Israel, Asni: The Life of Asnaketch Worku, Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia by director Rachel Samuel of Ethiopia and The Village of Peace by Israeli filmmakers Ben Schuder & Niko Philipides.

The festival opens with the screening of Red Leavis at the JCC on Tuesday May 19th. The 80 minute movie with Hebrew & Amharic subtitles was made in 2014 and tells the story of 74-year-old Meseganio Tadela: “a hard, obstinate, and nervous man.” The synopsis adds: “He immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family and has chosen to zealously retain his culture. He talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew; and after losing his wife, he is afraid of dying and being alone. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. The harsh reality hits him in the face. Having come to know some of life’s new realities, he tries to survive according to his own ways.”

Asni will show on June 19th at Tsion Cafe. The director Rachel Samuel says: “When I was a 4-year old kid in Addis-Ababa listening to my father’s radio I heard a singer who mesmerized me. In an unknowing visceral response, Asnaketch Worku took root in my soul. Decades later it was an almost pre-destined privilege to direct a documentary on this extraordinary artist who is as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. Asnaketch lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the edge of her passions. But to separate Asnaketch from the social and political climate of conservative Ethiopia, particularly in 50’s and 60’s was impossible. Artists in that time were looked down upon, called derogatorily, “Azmari”, which the church deemed as, “…those not going to heaven.” So this doc is as much about my country, my music, my culture as it is about this original being, Asnaketch, who is a substantive part of the fabric of Ethiopia, past and present.”

Watch the trailer here: Asni – Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia

The Village of Peace, which also screens at Tsion Cafe on May 26th, is “A fascinating look at the community of African-Americans from Chicago, who in 1967 began a migration to Dimona, Israel. The founders of The Village of Peace recount their epic journey from the backdrop of oppression to what they now call home in the Negev Desert. Today, over 5,000 African-Hebrew Israelites live in Israel. The stories of four villagers are woven together to portray a community unlike any other. Inspired by ancient scripture, it includes polygamy, natural birth, veganism, and a rigorous emphasis on health. The community struggles with their immersion into Israeli society and the challenges of passing their traditions to future generations.”

If You Go:
JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
New York. NY 10023

763 St.Nicholas Ave
(Btwen 148 St& 149 streets)
New York, NY 10031

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Art Talk: Photography in Ethiopia & Guyana

Image: By Karran Sahadeo of Guyana), Untitled, 2014. Digital Print, 11.7 x 16.5. (Courtesy of the artist)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Award-winning photographers Aida Muluneh from Ethiopia and Grace Aneiza Ali of Guyana will present their work and participate in a conversation about photography in their respective countries at an event hosted by the Independent Curators International (ICI) next week in New York City.

ICI announced that the two artists “will offer their thoughts on the connections and intersections on the contemporary photography coming out of these two regions and the ways in which both photography communities negotiate politics of representation.”

“Via her work as a photographer, and founder/curator of the Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa’s first international photography festival, Aida Muluneh has been forging new platforms to explore the ways in which the image of Africa is projected, interpreted, negotiated, and marketed in the global world,” ICI added.

“Through various multi-media projects, Grace Aneiza Ali, a recent Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow, explores how photographers in Guyana and its diaspora are countering the “picturing paradise” narrative the global public often sees of the Caribbean/South American region and the ways they are moving away from satisfying global appetites for the tropical and the exotic.”

Below is more on the presenters:

Aida Muluneh

Aida Muluneh is the Director/Founder of Desta for Africa. Established in 2010, it is the vision of award-winning photographer Muluneh. Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aida left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the Communications Department with a major in film. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and other publications. As an exhibiting artist, a collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamoko, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of photography in Spilimbergo, Italy. Aida is the founder of the first international photography festival in Ethiopia, the Addis Foto Fest. She continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa in Addis Ababa.

Grace Aneiza Ali

Guyanese-born Grace Aneiza Ali is the founder and editorial director of the award-winning OF NOTE, an online magazine centered on art and activism. She is a faculty member in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the City College of New York, CUNY, and recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award. She was a awarded a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for a 2016 upcoming exhibition on contemporary photography on Guyana. Her essays on contemporary art and photography have been published in Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Small Axe Journal, among others. Highlights of her curatorial work include: Guest Curator for the 2014 Addis Foto Fest; Guest Editor of the Fall 2013 Nueva Luz Photographic Journal and author of its critical essay on contemporary Guyanese photography; and host of the “Visually Speaking” photojournalism series at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center.

If You Go:
Conversation on Photography in Ethiopia and Guyana
Aida Muluneh and Grace Aneiza Ali
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
RSVP at with AIDA in the subject line.

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SEED: Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora Announces 2015 Honorees

Photo from past award event hosted by Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora. (Photo: Ulf Niskanen)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, April 18th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED) will hold its 23nd Annual Awards Gala at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on May 24th, 2015.

The organization announced that it will honor ten individuals from the Diaspora this year, including educators, former government officials, artists, activists, journalists and students. The honorees are Aklilu Habtewold, Tamagne Beyene, Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Jane Kurtz, Tesfaye Gessesse, Dr. Zebene Lemma, Dr. Teshome Wagaw and students Elizabeth Elsa Girma, Naomi Fesseha and Woudese Befikadu.

Last year, the awards went to Professor Donald N. Levine, Obang Metho, Menbere Aklilu, Ambassador Zewde Retta and the late Rachel Beckwith.

SEED said it is recognizing former Ethiopian Prime Minister Aklilu Habtewold posthumously “in acknowledgment of his outstanding lifelong public service with integrity, in appreciation of his contribution to the modernization and development of Ethiopia (including building Ethiopia’s defense capability at the time), in connecting Ethiopian Airlines to the rest of the world, in fighting against Italian aggression in his youth, for amicably resolving boarder conflicts with Ethiopia’s neighbors, for being instrumental to making Addis Ababa the home for the AU (OAU) headquarters, for bringing Ethiopia to the world stage by representing it with dignity and resolve in the UN, Europe, the US and Africa, and for his own academic accomplishments, demonstrated love of country.”

In addition, SEED will bestow the accolade on CNN Hero Yohannes Gebregeorgis and Jane Kurtz “as collaborative founders of Ethiopia Reads, an organization that brings books and libraries to rural Ethiopia, in appreciation of the rich and positive contributions they have made by exemplifying the highest ideals and standards education for our young people, as well as in recognition of their own inspiring academic excellence, prolific writings of children’s books, civic responsibilities and continuing the work respectively.”

Artist and Professor Tesfaye Gessesse is being honored “in acknowledgment of his outstanding life-long contributions to the preservation of our culture through his prolific writings, theatrical and poetic talents, as a playwright whose work has inspired many followers of his work, as a founder of Orchestra Ethiopia, as a distinguished role model to the countless young artists in Ethiopia and Ethiopians around the globe, as a venerated teacher with his own stellar academic accomplishments and for all of his lifetime achievements.”

Teshome Wagaw, a founding member of the Ethiopian Mahber of Michigan (EMM) and co-founder of the Ethiopian American Education Foundation (EAF), is also being honored. “Known to a great number of Ethiopians from the 1960s as a pioneer Voice of America Broadcaster, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Teshome Wagaw is an outstanding scholar and exemplary role model to Ethiopians everywhere,” SEED said. “Dr. Wagaw is loved and admired by many across generations.” The organization added: “SEED honors Dr. Wagaw in acknowledgement of his contribution to the development of higher education in Ethiopia (both as respected professor and author), in recognition of his own academic accomplishments, demonstrated patriotism, unselfish devotion to humanitarian causes, unfading interest and love of country.”

For more information on 2015 SEED honorees please visit

If You Go:
SUNDAY, May 24th, 2015 at 6:30pm
Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
Washington DC
Tickets: $75 online
$85 on-site, $35 Children under 12
Buy Tickets Online or make check payable to SEED
P.O. Box 848, Pomona, NJ, 082401
Phone: 609- 407-0496 or 234 -380-1533

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1989 and the Era of Relief: Ethiopia and the US at the End of the Cold War

In 1989 at Addis Ababa airport an Ethiopian honor guard carries the casket of American Mickey Leland, a U.S. congressman from Texas, who died when a plane he was on crashed during a visit to Ethiopia. (AP)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

New York — Next week at Columbia University, a “Contemporary Africa Seminar” with historian Benjamin Talton looks at 1989 and the Era of Relief: Ethiopia and the US at the End of the Cold War

Benjamin Talton

Abstract: The international responses to food crises in Africa during the 1980s set the stage for post-Cold War era in which issues related to humanitarian intervention, development, and aid were the central features. As in Europe, 1989 was pivotal in Africa for dismantling the Cold War in symbolic and real ways as a viable framework for international affairs. Drawn from a chapter of my book-project, The End of Altruism: Africa, Aid and U.S. Politics in the 1980s, this paper reconstructs key events during of transformative year 1989 to demonstrate the significance of Western humanitarian relief in the Horn of Africa and Sudan and the Soviet Union’s retreat from African affairs for the advent of the humanitarian turn.

Bio: Professor Benjamin Talton is an associate professor of African history and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Temple University. He specializes in modern Africa and the African Diaspora. He has published on local politics in Ghana, Ethiopia, and the African diaspora, including two books: The Politics of Social Change in Ghana (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010) and Black Subjects in Africa and its Diasporas, with Dr. Quincy Mills—Vassar College—(Palgrave MacMillan, August 2011). In 2005-2006, he served as a visiting senior lecturer and scholar-in-residence at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Professor Talton is the current president of the Ghana Studies Association

If You Go:
Date: April 23, 2015 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Columbia University Faculty House

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The Idan Raichel Project NYC Concert

The Idan Raichel Project from Israel weaves together traditional music in Hebrew, Arabic and Amharic. (Photo: Wekimedia)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, April 10th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The Idan Raichel Project — led by the acclaimed Israeli singer and songwriter Idan Raichel who is known for his trademark electronics fusion of Hebrew, Arab and Ethiopian music — plays at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Sunday, April 12th.

Beacon Theatre announced: “In the past four years, Raichel has released a 3-disc live album set, written numerous songs and toured with GRAMMY winner India Arie, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony, co-written a song calling for racial harmony with Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, performed for President Obama and family at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, performed at the ceremony inaugurating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC, sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and other major venues worldwide, toured India, South America and Africa and released the highly praised Tel Aviv Session album with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré.”

“The album title Quarter To Six, is based on a quote by the influential Israeli writer/actor/singer Yossi Banai, who passed away in May 2006. In one of his works Banai describes seeing his mother staring silently out a window. With concern Banai asks if she is doing well, and his mother responds, “It feels like it is quarter to six. It’s going to be dark soon.” This deceptively simple statement resonated with Raichel who states, “This quote really affected me. It’s a way to describe the end of life. People learn to accept this time of the day, to come to terms with their life, in peace. And I thought of this moment in my life as also an interesting junction, a crossroads.” Raichel adds, “After ten years with the Project, I feel we have reached a time of change and reflection, a transition period, both musically and personally.”

If You Go:
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY
Price Range: $39.50 – $99.50
Click here to get tickets

The Nile Project’s Mesmerizing New York Concert at Lincoln Center (Audio)

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African Elections & Governance in 2015

(Courtesy photos)

Tadis Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Washington, D.C (TADIAS) — U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass announced that the April 2015 Africa Policy Breakfast, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives, will focus on “African elections and governance in 2015 and beyond.”

“With over two dozen elections taking place in Africa in 2015 and 2016, African governments face the challenge of administering peaceful and credible elections; while journalists and citizens continent-wide call for increased political space for dissent and debate,” the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Congresswoman Bass, said in a press release.

“Please join us for a discussion of the electoral landscape in Africa; including assessments of continental elections taking place in 2015 and beyond; as well as the prospects for peaceful transitions and democratic governance with senior representatives from leading U.S. agencies, international non-governmental Organizations and the African diaspora.”

If You Go:
THURSDAY, April 23, 2015
8:30 am – 10:30 am
The Members Room (LJ162)
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Click here to RSVP

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Development Without Freedom? Africa Conference With Big Ethiopia Focus

A house in Rema, Ethiopia gets fitted with solar panels. (Photo: Stiftung Solarengie/IIED)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, March 31st 2015

New York (TADIAS) — An upcoming academic conference at the NYU Global Center in New York explores a timely question: Development Without Freedom? Justice, Human Rights, and Foreign Aid in Africa.

Presentations include a focus on elections in Ethiopia by Frehiwot Samuele entitled “Not What They Wanted to Hear: A Supreme Court Judge Investigates Post-Election Violence in Ethiopia,” as well as a talk by Soleyana Shimeles Gebremichael (Zone9 Blogging Group, Ethiopia) on “The Cost of Exercising Rights and Bringing Alternative Narration, The Case of Zone9 Bloggers.”

The conference, which takes place on Thursday, April 16th, 2015, is organized by DRI, the Bard College Human Rights Project, and the Rift Valley Institute.

A press release regarding the conference states: “The international community, mainly the OECD countries, have been providing project-specific foreign aid, investment and general budget support to the governments of African countries. This funding helped improve many development indicators on the continent, yet fundamental values of freedom and democracy that the giving nations profess are often dismissed. Government forces have imprisoned, tortured, exiled, and even taken the lives of their critics. In rural areas across Africa, people have been displaced, making way for development projects that often fail to bring promised benefits.”

The press release adds: “What are the consequences of these rights abuses for long-term development in Africa? What is the role of development agencies and foreign investors in ensuring that recipient governments make progress on human rights and justice? The conference will explore research findings on these questions and feature dissenting voices that do not often receive a hearing in international development forums.”

Additional confirmed speakers and topics include: Helen Epstein (Bard College Human Rights Project and DRI), Human Rights Problems in International Development Practices; David Pred (Inclusive Development International), Aiding and Abetting: How the World Bank Enabled Mass Forced Population Transfers in Ethiopia and Evaded Accountability; Stefan Dercon (University of Oxford), Barking Hyenas, Roaring Lions and Predatory Tigerfish: Aid in Troublesome Places; Jean Ensminger (California Institute of Technology), Aid Fraud: A Kenyan Case Study; Godber Tumushabe (Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies), The Tragedy of Aid in Quasi-Democracies: Case Study of the Peace, Reconciliation and Development Program in Northern Uganda; Mareike Schomerus (London School of Economics and Political Science), The Betrayal of ‘South Sudan’: Could Development Work without Imagining the State?; and Hugh Roberts, South Sudan: A Dream Deferred.

Moderators are William Easterly (DRI), Helen Epstein, Yaw Nyarko, and John Ryle (Rift Valley Institute)

If You Go:
Thursday April 16, 2015
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
The Grand Hall
238 Thompson St
NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life
5th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Click here to register

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Photos: Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro Inaugural Diaspora Business Mixer

At Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro in Springfield, Virginia on Friday, March 20th, 2015. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Sunday, March 29th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Last week, Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro in Springfield, Virginia hosted its first monthly event called “Afro Diaspora Mixer” that will take place every third Friday of the month.

The inaugural event held on Friday, March 20th brought together business professionals in an informal and intimate environment. “The Afro Diaspora community has achieved admirable progress in the U.S. and the community has significant high caliber individuals who are doing amazing things. Unfortunately, these individuals are not as connected as they should be,” says Alex Habte Cherein, owner of Merkamo. “The idea is to create a space where Afro Diaspora business people and professionals connect and share their story and hopefully collaborate in mutually beneficial projects.”

Below are photos courtesy of organizers:

Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro in Virginia Launches Afro Diaspora Business Mixer
Meet the New Director of D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs Mamadou Samba

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Photos: Abyssinian Fund’s NYC Event

(Photo Courtesy of The Abyssinian Fund)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, March 27th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — The Abyssinian Fund held a successful fundraiser last week during its Young Professionals event held at Madiba Harlem on Thursday, March 12th. Organizers said they raised over ten thousand dollars.

The evening, which was sponsored by Uptown Magazine, Tadias Magazine and Madiba Harlem, included live music by Arki Sound, food and a silent auction including Ethiopian coffee pots from Azla Vegan, gift certificates to local Harlem businesses, signed photos of legends such as Muhammad Ali, Walt Frazier, and Willie Mays, an Eli Manning signed helmet, and fantasy experiences such as a trip to Napa Valley or a Rao’s dinner for 10. And a grand prize raffle of a round trip ticket to Africa courtesy of Uptown Magazine and South African Airlines.

Proceeds go to support the Abyssinian Fund’s programs in Ethiopia in coffee production “supplying training, equipment, educational, and economic support to coffee farmers who are producing the world’s best coffee.”

Tadias Interview With President of Abyssinian Fund Reverend Nicholas S. Richards

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Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro in Virginia Launches Afro Diaspora Business Mixer

Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro is a family run restaurant based in Springfield, Virginia. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — In Ethiopia’s Gurage language Merkamo is an all-encompassing word meaning beautiful, says Alex Habte Cherein, the founder of Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro in Springfield, Virginia. “But when literally translated, it’s more than a physical beauty.” He adds: “It depicts a wholesome being radiating purity of heart and ‘joie de vivre’ to all who come in contact with that beauty.”

Next week, Merkamo is launching a monthly event called “Afro Diaspora Mixer” that will take place every third Friday from 5:30 – 8pm.

“The purpose of the Afro Diaspora Mixer is to bring together change agents and business people in the Afro Diaspora community in an informal but intimate environment,” Alex tells us. “The Afro Diaspora community has achieved admirable progress in the U.S. and the community has significant high caliber individuals who are doing amazing things. Unfortunately, these individuals are not as connected as they should be.”

“The idea,” he notes, “is to create a space where Afro Diaspora business people and professionals connect and share their story and hopefully collaborate in mutually beneficial projects.”

The mixer will be followed by an after-party “for those who want to stick around and dance the night away,” says Alex.

The first mixer is scheduled for Friday, March 20th featuring DJ Quajah, as well as happy hour drink and food specials.

If You Go:
Address: 7020 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150
Phone:(703) 639-0144
Hours: Open today · 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Abyssinian Fund Event at Madiba Harlem

(Photo courtesy of The Abyssinian Fund)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — You may remember our interview with the President of the Abyssinian Fund, Reverend Nicholas S. Richards, and his organization’s partnership with a farmer’s co-op in Ethiopia to produce premium coffee for export — a project that was born out of the historic first trip to Ethiopia in 2007 by members of the legendary Harlem-based Abyssinian Baptist Church during the celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium and the church’s bicentennial anniversary. The Abyssinian Fund is the only African American non-governmental agency operating in Ethiopia.

This week, the nonprofit organization is hosting a fundraiser at Madiba Harlem on Thursday, March 12th in order to support its ongoing programs in Ethiopia that includes “supplying training, equipment, educational, and economic support to coffee farmers who are producing the world’s best coffee.” The event will feature live music by Arki Sound, wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres from Madiba Harlem.

Organizers add: “There will also be a silent auction including exciting items such as Ethiopian artifacts and foods, gift certificates to local Harlem restaurants and businesses, signed photos of greats such as Muhammad Ali, Walt Frazier, and Willie Mays, an Eli Manning signed helmet, and fantasy experiences such as a trip to Napa Valley or a Rao’s dinner for 10 in your home. A grand prize raffle winner will receive a round trip ticket to Africa courtesy of Uptown Magazine and South African Airlines.”

The evening is sponsored by Uptown Magazine, Tadias Magazine and Madiba Harlem. Abyssinian Fund is a registered 501 C3 tax-exempt charity.

IF You Go:
The Abyssinian Fund Fundraiser
Thursday, March 12, 2015
From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
46 W. 116th Street
New York
Tickets at
More info at

Video: Harlem Ethiopia Connection — Featuring President of the Abyssinian Fund

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NYC Medhanialem Church “Kebre Baal”

The new church at 302 East 206 Street in the Norwood Section of Bronx, New York. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, March 9th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — It’s already been a year since members of the New York Medhanialem Church, one of the oldest Ethiopian churches in NYC, moved into a new building that they purchased in the Bronx. The milestone came after three decades of persistent efforts from a rental space inside the Riverside Church in Uptown Manhattan.

“We have planned to celebrate “Medhanialem Kebre Baal” on April 4, 2015 which also falls on the one year anniversary of our new church,” the Board of Trustees said in a letter announcing the upcoming event. “The joy of the anniversary celebration should be shared among friends and supporters like you and we cordially invite you to join us.”

If You Go:
302 East 206 St
Bronx, NY 10467

Historic New York Medhanialem Church Moves into New Bronx Home (Video and Photos)

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White House Africa Director Grant Harris Speaks at Andrew Young Lecture Series

(Photo courtesy: The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Grant Harris, Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Staff of the White House, is the featured speaker at the first 2015 Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series that starts this week in Washington, D.C.


“The Andrew Young Lecture series features distinguished speakers whose work has impacted and advanced the agenda of issues affecting the continent of Africa and U.S.–Africa relations,” announced The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa who are organizing the event. “Named in honor of the former Chairman of The Africa Society Board [Ambassador Andrew Young] the Series was launched in 2002 and has since rotated through several African embassies.” The 2015 inaugural lecture and reception will be held at the Ethiopian Embassy on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Organizers add: “Since its inception, the series has drawn over 4,000 participants and attendees and served as a platform from which to raise awareness about African issues that require attention, media coverage, and action. Lecture topics have included ‘Good Governance and Development in Africa,’ ‘Africa is Hope: Struggle Against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic,’ and ‘The Niall Mellon Township Initiative in South Africa.’”

Prior to becoming Special Assistant to the President, guest speaker Grant Harris served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to Susan E. Rice when she served as UN Ambassador. “Previously, Mr. Harris was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he focused on international financing and business transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Harris served in the African Affairs Directorate at the National Security Council at the White House and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations during the Clinton Administration.”

If You Go:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Embassy of Ethiopia
3506 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
or call: 202-232-3862

Brookings Institution Recommends Obama Visit Ethiopia, Kenya & Nigeria

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African Fashion Week DC – March 19-21

(Images courtesy: African Fashion Week DC)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Washington, DC (TADIAS) — Mark your calendar for the first-ever African Fashion Week DC (AFWDC), which kicks off next month with a reception and art exhibition at Kabin Lounge on March 19th, followed by a runway show at The Washington Post Conference Center on March 21st.

The two-day event promises to showcase emerging and established African designers from the Washington D.C. area and beyond. “The main event leads with an action packed schedule; accompanied by shows featuring African designers, retail vendors, entertainers, art, businesses, models, celebrity appearances and much more,” organizers said in a press release.

The featured brands include: Léonché International, Indigo Tides, Kemris Collection, Kranto Kolection, Levie, Lola, Ohemaa Couture, Pazel, Simply Cecily, SL Fashion Design, Tique Design, Unique By Reelia and Everything Rouge.

“The beauty and intricate detailing of African fabric, textile and design coupled with the latest African fashion trends are the growing source of fascination and demand for African fashion and art,” the press release added. AFWDC attendees are sure to be inspired by the high profile African designers currently working with Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear. Additionally, attendees will be introduced to emerging designers and find eco-friendly, luxury goods and fashion accessories.”

Video: Meet the designers and models featured at African Fashion Week DC (FOX 5 DC)

If You Go:
FWDC Kickoff Industry Networking & Cocktail Happy Hour
Featuring an African Art Showcase by Chris Damola
Location: Kabin Lounge
337 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 6:00pm to 11:00pm

AFWDC Runway Fashion Show and Vendors
Location: The Washington Post Conference Center
1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC
Date: March 21, 2015
Time: 4:00pm to 10:00pm

AFWDC After-Party
Location: Stone Fish Lounge
1708 L Street NW, Washington, DC
Date: March 21, 2015
Time: 10:00pm to 3:00am

More info about African Fashion Week DC at

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Lincoln Center & Pace University Present The Nile Project in New York

The Nile Project will perform in New York City at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on March 19th and at Pace University on March 20th, 2015. (Courtesy photograph)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) – The Nile Project, which features a diverse group of talented musicians from several Nile Basin countries — including Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Egypt — will perform in New York City at the Lincoln Center (David Rubenstein Atrium) on March 19th. The Ethiopian artists include Meklit Hadero, Endris Hassen, Dawit Seyoum, Selamnesh Zemene, Jorga Mesfin, Mekuanent Melese and Asrat Ayalew. Organizers note that the event is the first of a two-part concert series to be followed by a performance at Pace University on March 20th.

“The forward-thinking musicians of the Nile Project present a unique performance with an emphasis on new improvisational music structures that mimic ecological relationships found in the Nile Basin,” the Lincoln Center announced. “Each member collaborates to blend aspects of their respective East African environments — whether desert, urban, highland, or tropical, but always distinctly Nile — with one another’s musical systems, thereby creating a series of musical scenarios that explore new sonic terrains.”

The Nile Project began in Oakland, California, in a bar. NPR highlights that Ethiopian American singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero and her Egyptian-American friend Mina Girgis were having a conversation about the relationship between the musical traditions of Ethiopia and Egypt, and the rest is history. “The Nile Project channels the unsung beauty of East African traditions,” adds the press release. “In the collective’s collaborative compositions, resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river have learned new musical modes, while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages.”

“Designed to captivate local audiences but equally accessible to international listeners, the Nile Project uses music to inspire curiosity about and engagement with the cultural, social, and environmental challenges of the world’s longest river.”

Video: Aswan — New Album by the Nile Project

If You Go:
The Nile Project Live in NYC
Thursday, March 19 at 7:30
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
New York City
Presented in collaboration with Pace University, A Lincoln Center commission
More info at

Amharic Hip-hop Finds its Voice in Ethiopia

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New Year’s Eve at Queen of Sheba NYC

Abay Mengist will perform live at this year's New Year's Eve party at Queen of Sheba NYC. (Photo: QS)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Queen of Sheba Ethiopian restaurant in Manhattan will hold its annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Wednesday, December 31st with live music featuring Abay Mengist, champagne toast and great Ethiopian food. The evening will also include broadcast of The Dropping Of The Ball.

If You Go:
Ring in the New Year at Queen Of Sheba NYC
Featuring Live Performing by Abay Mengist
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
650 10th ave
B/N 45 & 46th Street
New York , NY 10036
Rsvp 212.397.0610

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Wayna at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Hailed by Stevie Wonder for her soaring, crystalline voice, Grammy-Nominated Singer Wayna Wondwossen is backed by her band, the Expats, adding subtle experimental rock to the mix. (Courtesy photograph)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Wayna will perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Friday, December 12th. Wayna who has been hailed by Essence magazine as “one to watch” is currently promoting her latest Album The Expats, while introducing new songs bearing her signature fusion of diverse genres of world music.

“Wayna combines the African musical influences of her native Ethiopia with reggae rhythms and sultry R&B for a one-of-a-kind sound,” BAM organizers note. The Washington Post, which called The Expats “brilliant” adds that Wayna is “among the cadre of young world music artists forging new ground.”

“We’re pulling out all the stops for this one,” Wayna said via Facebook regarding her upcoming concert in Brooklyn. “Please join me for a special show featuring my NYC crew, the LRC Funk Band.”

If You Go:
Wayna Live at BAM – Brooklyn Academy of Music
Friday, December 12th @ 9:00 pm
321 Ashland Pl,
New York, New York

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Tracy Bonham to Perform at AFC NY Event

Grammy-nominated Tracy Bonham (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, 1997), takes the stage at Artists for Charity (AFC) Benefit and Art Auction in New York on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. (AFC)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Grammy-nominated singer Tracy Bonham will perform live at Artists For Charity’s (AFC) benefit event at Impact Hub NYC in Manhattan on Saturday, December 6th. All proceeds from the event supports AFC’s group home in Addis Ababa that houses children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The annual gathering, which has taken place in Washington DC for the past eight years, is being held in NYC for the first time.

“Not only will you see amazing art, support orphaned children living with HIV, and have a great time, but we will also have a special live performance by grammy-nominated musician Tracy Bonham,” organizers announced. Tracy Bonham is a classically trained violinist and pianist who received Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album as well as Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

If You Go:
AFC NYC Holiday Benefit & Art Auction
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Impact Hub NYC
394 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
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Forum in Harlem on Ethiopian Migrant Rights in the Middle East – December 6th

Photo: Protest outside Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., November 14th, 2013. (Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Monday, December 1st, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – The Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association in New York City (ECMAA) will co-host a forum this weekend in Harlem entitled “Ethiopian Migrant Rights in the Middle East.” The organization announced that the event, organized by Humanitarian Committee for Ethiopians in Need, will include participants from Human Rights Watch, Migrant Rights Org and INSAN Association. In addition to sharing their experiences in defending the rights of migrants, panelists will share recommendations.

“For decades, we’ve heard about countless stories of rape, torture and murder of Ethiopian and other migrants who flock to the gulf in search of jobs. Yet, little is being done to protect these migrants from the vicious cycle of oppression,” states the press release. “Come and join the discussion so we can make change happen together.”

If You Go:
ECMAA Forum on Ethiopian Migrant Rights in the Middle East
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 4:00 PM
Venue: 163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10026
Subway: 2, 3 or A, B, C, D to 125th Street station.
Due to limited space, admission is on first come basis
For more info please contact

Photos: NYC Ethiopians Make Presence Felt at the Saudi Mission to the UN (November – 2013)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Ethiopians Protest Killings In Saudi Arabia (KDLT News)
Ethiopians demonstrate outside Saudi embassy in London (BBC News)
Canada: Ethiopian community protests working conditions in Saudi Arabia (CTV News)
The Ethiopian Migrant Crisis in Saudi Arabia: Taking Accountability (TADIAS)
Tadias Interview With Rima Kalush: Migrant-Rights Org Seeks Long Term Solutions
Ethiopians Continue Peaceful Protests Against Migrant Abuse in Saudi Arabia (TADIAS)
Photos: Ethiopians Hold Protest Outside Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. (TADIAS)
Ethiopians: #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia to Stop Crackdown (Global Voices)
First group of Ethiopians from Saudi arrive in Addis (ERTA)
23,000 Ethiopians ‘Surrender’ in Saudi After Clamp Down (BBC)
Three Ethiopians Killed in Saudi Arabia Visa Crackdown (AFP)
Ethiopian Domestic Help Abuse Headlines From the Middle East (TADIAS)
Changing Ethiopia’s Media Image: The Case of People-Trafficking (TADIAS)
Video: Ethiopian migrants tell of torture and rape in Yemen (BBC)
Video: Inside Yemen’s ‘torture camps’ (BBC News)
BBC Uncovers Untold People-Trafficking, Torture of Ethiopians in Yemen (TADIAS)
Meskerem Assefa Advocates for Ethiopian Women in the Middle East (TADIAS)
In Memory of Alem Dechassa: Reporting & Mapping Domestic Migrant Worker Abuse
Photos: Vigil for Alem Dechassa Outside Lebanon Embassy in D.C.
The Plight of Ethiopian Women in the Middle East: Q & A With Rahel Zegeye

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Ethiopian Music Star Jacky Gosee’s Debut New York Concert on Dec 13th

(Image courtesy: Massinko & Orit Entertainment Group)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Jacky Gosee is coming to NYC for his debut concert in the city this weekend. The Ethiopian artist will perform at Gramercy Theatre on December 13th with Zion Band. Organizers note that advance tickets could be purchased at Queen of Sheba, Meskerem, and Awash restaurants.

If You Go:
Jacky Gosee in NYC with Zion Band
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Doors Open: 11pm – 4am
Advanced Tickets $40
Gramercy Theatre
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.614.6932
VIP Booth for a group call: 917.943.7817


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Former Miss Ethiopia Atti Worku’s Dream School Initiative in Nazret, Ethiopia

Atti Worku, Founder of Seeds of Africa. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Atti Worku, a former Miss Ethiopia (2005), started Seeds of Africa school in her hometown of Nazret, Ethiopia with 16 students and one volunteer teacher in her mother’s backyard six year ago. Atti had attended college in Addis before embarking on her modeling career and didn’t finish college until she went back to complete her education at Columbia University this year. Atti vowed to provide quality educational opportunities to children in her birth country, and today her non-profit organization provides scholarships to approximately 100 students from Pre-K through 2nd grade.

In an interview with Tadias Magazine Atti announced a milestone for Seeds of Africa Foundation: The Dream School Initiative to build a state-of-the-art education facility in Nazret, Ethiopia. “We believe that this facility will be one that will be comparable to international schools all over the world and will prepare students to compete in the global market” Atti told Tadias. Currently the school adds a grade level each year but only accepts Pre-K level students. “We decided that the most impact we can make is if we get to them at the youngest age,” she explained.

The Dream School Initiative was launched last month with a fundraising event in Dallas where 14 local chefs did a tasting menu that was inspired by Ethiopian cuisine. On December 8th, Seeds of Africa will hold their next fundraiser in New York City at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, and next year the foundation will hold similar events in Chicago, Washington DC, London and Paris. “A year from now, in Fall 2015, we’ll break ground in Nazret to build the new school, and construction is expected to go on for two to three years” Atti says.

“The Dream School Initiative is a continuation of the work we’ve being doing so far,” Ati adds. “We’ve been around for a little over 6 years. The initiative is to expand our program to accommodate more students (from Pre-K through 12th grade) and also to increase our community development program.” Since its inception the Seeds of Africa school has incorporated programs for mothers in the community including providing literacy and health education courses as well as access to funding for local small businesses.

“The community development program has always been a part of Seeds of Africa’s mission because we strongly believe that to really work with children that come from some of the poorest backgrounds you can’t succeed if you just single out a child. You have to really work with the family as a unit” Atti asserts. “Most of our students come from single mother homes, who either have small businesses or they want to open a small business.” Household income is a primary criteria for children selected to be enrolled at the Seeds of Africa school.

“We call our education program ‘seeding education,’ and we provide free tuition, meals at school, and we also provide some food subsidies that the children may take home for their dinners” Atti shares. “We cover the cost of uniforms and school supplies, and the children also have access to healthcare. Starting next year we’re also setting up an emergency health fund.”

In 2014 Seeds of Africa received 68 student applications but could only enroll 20 eligible students due to lack of space. “That’s why we have to build so we can provide educational access to more children” says Atti.

Seeds of Africa is based on the premise that a community needs more than just access to educational opportunities to thrive, so it jump-started community chats over biweekly bunna sessions among the mothers. “And the community development program really grew out of these sessions,” Atti notes. “Three main issues were addressed at the mothers’ bunna sessions: the need for literacy programs for adults, access to health education courses, and funding to start small businesses to sustain their families.” Seeds of Africa gave mothers opportunities to gain financial and literacy skills before providing access to credit. “Right now we have about 40 to 60 credits that have been provided to the children’s parents. Some have already paid back their original loans and are returning for a second round to expand their businesses,” says Atti. She beams when she shares some of the types of businesses opened up using these loans. “The small businesses include a cell-phone charging business and really cutting-edge stuff such as one mom setting up a prenatal food business. And it’s been a part of our goal to improve the household income of a family so that the child succeeds with the family together.”

The curriculum of the school is likewise innovative and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia program, which focuses on a holistic approach to education where the child is the center of the learning environment. “It’s really looking at each child as an individual that has different needs so you try to tailor the program to the needs of each student, which is why the classroom size has to be so small” emphasizes Atti.

Seeds of Africa looked at some of the best educational systems available including Montessori and designed an educational environment that embraces Ethiopian culture and allows students to engage in project-based learning from a young age with a hands-on approach to solving local problems.

“We look at how children can be leaders and creative problem solvers. I think that’s really important because you can’t get out of poverty if you’re solving other people’s problems, which is what usually happens in schools,” Atti says.

How did Atti get interested in building a school in Nazret? “I’m not an educator by training, but I do have co-workers who designed the curriculum who are trained educators” Atti says. “My thing came from having grown up in Nazret. I grew up in a neighborhood that was very poor. My parents were a middle class family and they sent me to the only private school in town, and there was a huge difference in the access to education that my brothers and I had compared to the kids in our neighborhood” Atti says. “It was really heartbreaking to see children that I grew up with that were unable to continue school; they were failing and dropping out of school, or the girls got pregnant at some point, or any of those socio-economic factors that hindered education. As an adult reflecting back I look at it as socio-economic issues linked to poverty that was happening to them, and it wasn’t happening to me or students in my school. That really kind of just stayed with me.”

“Our first high school students will graduate in 2024, and our goal is to place them into colleges in Ethiopia and abroad,” Atti says. “And I have no doubt that they will contribute back to their community.”

If You Go:
New Yorkers for Seeds
Monday, December 8th, 2014 7pm to 11pm
The Schomburg Center
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037

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The Ethiopian-Jewish-Israeli Holiday “Sigd” to be Celebrated in New York

(Photos courtesy: Chassida Shmella, Ethiopian Jewish Community, Inc.)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – The Ethiopian-Jewish-Israeli holiday Sigd, which is a national holiday in Israel, will be celebrated in New York on November 14th and 16th at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel (Two West 70th Street), and at B’nai Jeshurun (257 West 88th Street). The 5th annual event hosted by the Ethiopian Jewish Community organization, Chassida Shmella, features special guests from Israel: Kess Eli Mentesnot Vandat and Kess Efraim Zion Lawi. In addition, organizers note, Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom and Professor Ephraim Isaac will be present.

“The Sigd holiday takes place 50 days after Yom Kippur and Ethiopian Jews flood Jerusalem by the thousands to observe the holiday, celebrated on the 29th day of the month of Cheshvan,” states the announcement. “It symbolizes the acceptance of the Torah.”

Wiki adds: “There are two oral traditions about the origin of Sigd. One tradition traces it to the 6th century in the time of the Aksumite king Gebre Mesqel when the war between Jews and Christians ended and both communities separated from each other. The second tradition traces it to the 15th Century as a result of persecution by Ethiopian-Christian Emperors. The first mention of Sigd is from the 15th century. Sigd symbolizes the acceptance of the Torah. Kessim have also maintained a tradition of the holiday arising as a result of persecution by Christian kings, during which the Kessim retreated into the wilderness to appeal to God for His mercy.”

Video: PM Netanyahu’s Sigd Greetings to the Ethiopian Community (IsraeliPM YouTube)

If You Go:
NYC; Weekend of November 14th – 16th
Congregation Shearith Israel – The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
Friday, November 14: Friday evening services 4:30pm,
Followed by a Friday Night Lights lecture
Shabbat dinner 7 PM
Shabbat dinner (Kosher) must be prepaid:
$38 ($30 student) before 11/6
$45 ($40 Student) after 11/7
2 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023
Tel: 212-284-6532

Sunday, November 16th: Celebration at B’nai Jeshurun
Enjoy Ethiopian/Israeli finger food, amazing Ethiopian music & dancers
Sigd: prepaid: $40 (Students $32).
Price at the door: $45 ($40 Students)
COMBO PRICE for both dinner and Sigd: $65
$72 after 11/7
Doors open 3:45 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4:15 pm
For any questions: Tel – 212-284-6532

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In Pictures: Ethiopia at 2014 African Day Parade & Festival in Harlem

Photo courtesy: The Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association in New York City (ECMAA)

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Published: Sunday, October 26th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – The Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) in New York City represented Ethiopia at the 8th Annual African Day Parade & Festival held last weekend in Harlem. Below are photos courtesy of ECMAA:

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Grammy–nominated Ethiopian American Singer Wayna at Lincoln Center NYC

Wayna (Woyneab Wondwossen) is an Ethiopian-born, Grammy-nominated R&B singer. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Sunday, October 19th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City has hosted some memorable shows featuring Ethiopian artists this year, including DC-based-Bandleader Hailu Mergia, the NYC screening of Difret, and now Grammy–nominated Ethiopian American singer and songwriter Wayna who is scheduled to perform here this coming week. Meklit Hadero is also on the list of musicians invited to perform next Spring.

Wayna, who is promoting her latest album The Expats, will take the stage on Thursday, October 23rd along with rising hip hop artist Akua Naru. “Wayna’s newest album represents a departure from her previous work. Named as an homage to its Toronto-based backing band and internationally born production –team contributors hail from Ethiopia, Japan, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, and India —- the album draws from diverse influences to create an alternative environment where Sade and The Police meet Lauryn Hill and Radiohead,” the announcement states. “Wayna’s lyrics continue to push the envelope, addressing thought-provoking subject matter including racial and economic inequality, love, individuality, and life choices.”

“I’ve always been a bit of an expat,” says the Ethiopian-born artist. “I want this album to be about exploring and expressing all the ways in which I and every one of us are unique, culturally or otherwise, and to celebrate those differences unapologetically,” she adds. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

If You Go:
Wayna & Akua Naru
When: Oct. 23 at 7:30
Entrance: FREE (Sponsored by Target)
David Rubenstein Atrium Lincoln Center
New York City

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Ethiopian Film Screening in New York: Jacques Faïtlovitch & The Lost Tribes

(Photo courtesy: American Sephardi Federation)

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Press Release

New YorkCentro Primo Levi and the American Sephardi Federation with the support of the Cahnman Foundation present Maurice & Sarah Dorès’ film on the “extraordinary odyssey” of Jacques Faïtlovitch, a Polish Jew who “discovered” Ethiopian Jewry, in 1904, and thereafter set about re-establishing a connection between their community and the rest of the Jewish world. There will be a post-film discussion led by Professor Emanuela Trevisan Semi of the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

The screening is being held ahead of the related symposia “Ethiopian Jews Under Fascist Rule” and “Legacies of the Italian Occupation in Ethiopia” at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli / Marimò.

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Seminar at NYU Explores the Story of Ethiopian Jews Under Fascist Rule

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Ethiopian Community Association Calls for Participation in NYC African Parade

The 8th annual African Day Parade & Festival in New York will be held on Sunday, October 19th, 2014.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, October 13th, 2014

New York (TADIAS)- The Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) in New York City is calling on Ethiopians residing in the metropolitan NYC area to participate in the 2014 African Day Parade & Festival, which will be held uptown this coming weekend. “ECMAA has registered to participate in the parade. We invite all Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans residing in NYC metropolitan area to come out wearing traditional clothes and participate in the parade,” the organization announced. “ECMAA believes participating in this parade will provide us an opportunity to increase our visibility, share our culture, tradition and history with the larger New York City community.”

The organizers of Africa Day in New York City will hold the African Day Parade & Festival in Harlem on October 19, 2014. The parade will start at 12 noon from 134 street between 7th Ave and Lennox to 122nd street (along Malcolm X Boulevard-Lennox Avenue).

Per the organizers: “The 8th Annual Parade & Festival calls upon government, private, civic sectors to come together to enact a social contract with African communities in the United States, spearheading projects that emphasize community and development and empowerment. The Parade & Festival honors the accomplishment of Africans across the globe, while forging new partnerships in the African Diaspora.”

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Reflection: Hollywood in the Obama Era

Institute of African American Affairs at New York university presents "Reflections on the Post: Hollywood’s Representation of Race in the Obama Era." (A Fall 2014 Lecture Series)

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New York – Those who believe in the theory of post-race would argue that the era of a black president would be the most appropriate time to push beyond frontiers and air all issues related to race. For others, the power relations have not changed much, and race is still subject to power and capitalism. Considering the box-office success of recent Hollywood films, (The Butler, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Precious, 12 Years a Slave, and others), some critics may see these films as groundbreaking in their representation of racial issues in America today. Others may describe the same films as controversial, because of their failure to challenge long held racial stereotypes. Some may even define these films as post-racial or as Hollywood’s return to race for profit.

The lecture series “Reflections on the Post: Hollywood’s Representation of Race in the Obama Era” invites a writer/artist/critic to select a single film or a group of films that he/she feel exemplifies an Obama Era Hollywood representation of stereotypical blackness, or a post-racial society.

If You Go:
Oct. 6, 2014
TIME: 6:00 pm
Featuring Stanley Crouch
Jazz scholar, syndicated columnist, social and cultural critic
Author of Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
LOCATION: D’Agostino Hall, NYU Law School,
110 West Third Street, Room: Lipton Hall,

Oct. 27, 2014
TIME: 6:00 pm
Sapphire, Bestselling Novelist & Poet,
Author of PUSH—the inspiration for,
the Academy Award-winning movie Precious
LOCATION: Greenberg Lounge, 1st floor, Vanderbilt Hall,
NYU Law School, 40 Washington Square South
NY, NY 10012

The programs are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222).
For updates and information please visit:

The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) at New York University was founded in 1969 to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond.

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Seminar at NYU Explores the Story of Ethiopian Jews Under Fascist Rule

An international symposium entitled "Legacies of the Italian Occupation in Ethiopia" organized by Maaza Mengiste and Ruth Ben Ghiat will take place at NYU on October 24th, 2014. (Courtesy photos)

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Press Release: Primo Levi Center New York

New York – This seminar focuses on the figure of Taamrat Emmanuel (1888 – 1963) a member of the Beta Israel Community in Ethiopia who, as a young man, was sent to study in France by the Polish Zionist and Orientalist Jacques Faitlovitch. Taamrat continued his education at the Collegio Rabbinico Italiano in Florence and went on to become a leader of Ethiopian Jewry as well as an Ethiopian leader during the dramatic years of the Italian occupation, World War II and the subsequent return to sovereign Ethiopia and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Emanuela Trevisan and Brook Abdu will explore Taamrat Emmanuel’s work and life through the documents he left in European and Ethiopian languages, concerning the occupation period and its aftermath.

Some historical and biographical information will help understand Taamrat’s connection with Italy and with the Italian Jewish establishment.

Italy’s colonial enterprise in East Africa started at the end of the 19th century with the takeover of Eritrea and Somalia. In 1935-36 from Eritrea, Italy invaded Ethiopia with a ruthless military aggression led by General Pietro Badoglio and later by Marshal Rodolfo Graziani. In spite of protest from the League of Nations, to which Ethiopia belonged, Italy imposed its rule over the country and remained in power until it lost it to the British in 1941.

Three groups of Jews lived in Ethiopia at the time: the Falasha, the Yemenites and the Adenites. Shortly after the invasion, The Union of the Italian Jewish Communities took interest in the situation of the local Jews, whose story had been known among Italian Jews since the early part of the century through a teacher of the Collegio Rabbinico in Florence, Taamrat Emmanuel and through Faitlovitch’s Committee for the Assistance of the Falasha. The UCII decided to send to Ethiopia Carlo Alberto Viterbo (1889-1974) with the purpose to “assist and organize the Jewish communities of ‘Africa Orientale Italiana’”. The UCII program included supporting the Jews of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa and then expand assistance to the Jewish population residing on Lake Tana.

Carlo Alberto Viterbo was a lawyer from Florence, president of the first Italian Zionist Federation, a member of the Union of the Italian Jewish communities, a journalist and linguist.

In his eight months trip to Ethiopia (July 1936-March 1937), he entered local Jewish life and participated closely in the activities of the community both to create connections with Italy and to learn more abut the history, culture, languages and traditions of the Ethiopian Jews. During and after his journey, Viterbo prepared reports for the Union as well as for the Italian government, outlaying the development of vast and articulate study project on the history of the “Falasha”. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt soon after his return to Italy with the promulgation of the Racial Laws, in September 1938, and his subsequent arrest in June 1940.

After World War II Viterbo played a key role in the reconstruction of Jewish life and led the main Italian Jewish journal, Israel, from 1944 to 1974. He continued to develop his project on the study of the Ethiopian Jews that had by then shifted to a completely different geopolitical frame.

Taamrat Emmanuel and Jacques Faitlovitch

Taamrat Emmanuel (1888-1963) was born at Azazo near Gondar whose Jewish population, including his parents, had been converted to Christianity by missionaries.

He was thus raised as a convert or Falash Mura. Taamrat attended the School of the Sweedish Evangelical Mission in the Italian Eritrea. At age 16 he met the Polish Zionist Jacques Faitlovitch, who took him back with him to Paris to study at the Alliance Israélite Universelle. He continued his education at the Collegio Rabbinico Italiano in Florence under the guidance of Rabbi Samuel Hirsch Margulies and Tzvi Peretz-Hayot. Taamrat graduated as a rabbi and shochet and taught at the collegio until 1920.
In 1923, after spending almost two years in Palestine, Taamrat and Faitlovitch returned to Ethiopia where they established a Jewish school of which Taamrat became director. He undertook the translation of the Matzhaf Cadoussa (the scriptures of the Beta Israel community) from the Ge’ez language to the more widely used Amharic language.

Taamrat became one of the leaders of the Addis Ababa Jewish community. After the end of World War II Taamrat remained in Ethiopia and became a high ranking government representative in the field of education.

Jacques Faïtlovitch (1881-1955) was an orientalist, devoted to Beta Israel research and relief work. He was born in Lodz and studied Oriental languages at the École des Hautes Etudes in Paris, particularly Ethiopic and Amharic under Joseph Halévy, who interest him in the Beta Israel. Between 1904 and 1946 he traveled to Ethiopia 11 times. During his first trip he spent 18 months among the Beta Israel, studying their beliefs and customs. His research was published under the title Notes d’un voyage chez les Falachas (1905).

Convinced that Beta Israel needed help to resist Christian missionary activity, Faïtlovitch promised them to enlist world Jewry on their behalf and took two young Beta Israel with him to Europe to be educated as future teachers. Having failed to win the support of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, he organized “pro-Falasha” committees in Italy and Germany to raise funds for Jewish education in Abyssinia and abroad.

In 1913 he established one school in Dembea. After World War I transferred the center of pro-Falasha activity to the United States. In 1923, with the aid of the Joint Distribution Committee, he set up a boarding school for Beta Israel children in Addis Ababa.

Starting from 1927 Faïtlovitch settled in Tel Aviv but spent many years in the United States. The Italian conquest in 1935–36 hampered the expanding activity and World War II stopped it entirely. After the war he moved to Israel and resumed his work on behalf of the Beta Israel.

Taamrat Emmanuel: Between Colonizer and Colonized
Emanuela Trevisan (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice)

Two different narratives have been consigned to history regarding the beginnings of European Jewry’s interest in the Jews of Ethiopia: those of Jacques Faitlovitch and Taamrat Emmanuel. The former is a success, the latter the opposite.

Faitlovitch, a self-confident Polish Jew, secure in his belief in the civilizing mission of the European Jews in the rebirth of the Ethiopian Jewish tradition, played a historical role in succeeding to forcefully bring to the attention of Western Jews the issue of Ethiopian Judaism.

Taamrat, the native from whom the adoption of Judaism in its European version was expected, as well as gratitude and total devotion to the “sacred cause”, ended up at the periphery of history, at the expense of his own life, his own feeling, his own ambitions and convictions.

Tamraat, who adopted the Italian language and accoutrements, who appears in photographs always elegant in a suit and tie, or bow tie, wholeheartedly adhered to European culture and Italian culture in particular, accepted most of the customs and traditions of European Jewry, but often found himself at odds with himself and had to struggle to get the respect of local traditions and the continuity of centuries old customs.

Taamrat, who served as a guide to Faitlovitch in Ethiopia, appears as a background figure, by no means one of the central characters in the story of the Beta Israel who left Ethiopia to immigrate to Israel, in the 1980’s.

The marginalization or disappearance of the protagonist, a native of the country, accompanying the European traveler, corresponds to a typology that occurs frequently in the history of the discoveries of the East and of the Jews of the East or of Africa of late nineteenth and twentieth century.

This presentation will try to show Taamrat’s different appartenance and identities, and, above all, the way he lived between two cultures, the Jewish-Italian and the Ethiopian.

In Italy he had the opportunity to encounter the Judaism of rabbi Margulies of Florence, as well as the assimilated Judaism and political values of that particularly eventful period in Italian history.

These were the years preceding the First World War, and the democratic and liberal principles expressed by great personalities such as Giuseppe Mazzini and Carlo Cattaneo, were perceived as a common patrimony.

These were also the years of socialism and personalities such as Raffaele Ottolenghi—a socialist close to Turati —treasurer of the pro-Falasha Committee, scholar of Judaism and of biblical prophets. Among others, Ottolenghi and the Italian anarchist Leda Rafanelli, whom Taamrat was tied to between 1917 to 1919, had a significant influence on him.

Throughout his story one seems to revisit the ambivalence mentioned by Albert Memmi about those Jews situated half way between colonizers and colonized, in that social reaction that kept the colonizer chained to the colonized, but in a more complex configuration, because it involves two types of Jews: the European Jew and the native Jew in a context such as the Ethiopian one, colonized both by the Jewish “counter mission” and the Italian occupation.

It is in this double identification with the Jewish, world as well as the Ethiopian world, that Taamrat Emmanuel’s personality was forged; it is this double identification that also defines his tormented path.

Taamrat Emmanuel in Post-Italian Ethiopia(1941-1948)

Brook Abdu (Research Fellow at the Capucin Franciscan Research and Retreat Center, Addis Ababa)

Recent research has shed much light on the lives of a group of Ethiopian Jews mentored by the famous Jewish missionary Jacques Faitlovitch (1881-1955). Especially, thanks to his extensive correspondence discovered in the Faitlovitch archives, the life of Taamrat Emmanuel (1888-1962) is now known in significant detail.

Brook Abdu will present new insights into the period previously least known in his life – the post-Italian invasion years of the 1940s. Using newly discovered sources (letters, newspaper articles and unpublished writings), he reconstructs Taamrat’s roles in the Ministry of Education (1941-1944), the Imperial Research Bureau (1944-1947) and the Eritrea Unity Association (1945-1948).

In the 1940s after slowly parting ways with his long-time mentor Faitlovitch, Taamrat found a new patron in the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie (1892-1975) – a strong relationship that endured until the end of Taamrat’s life.

If You Go:
OCTOBER 23 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò
24 West 12th Street, NYC

OCTOBER 24, 2014 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

9:30-10:00 Coffee and Welcome, Maaza Mengiste and Ruth Ben-Ghiat

10:00-11:30 Plays and Performance:
Heran Sereke-Brhan (Independent Researcher) in dialogue with Bewketu Seyoum (Independent Writer, Performer) Zerihun Birehanu (Addis Ababa University)

11:30-1:00 – Fiction:
Maaza Mengiste (New York University and Princeton University), in dialogue with Heran Sereke-Brhan (Independent Researcher) and Dagmawi Woubshet (Cornell University)

1:00-2:30 – Lunch
2:30-4:00 – Visual Arts:
Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University) in dialogue with Abiyi Ford (Addis Ababa University) and Shiferaw Bekele (Addis Ababa University). Screening of clips from Da Adwa ad Axum/From Adwa to Axum (Luce, 1936), and Adwa (Haile Gerima, 1999).

4:00 Closing Remarks by Abiyi Ford and Discussion with the Audience

More info at Primo Levi Center New York

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Lincoln Center Presents Wayna & Akua Naru – October 23rd

Grammy–nominated Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter Wayna and American lyricist and poet Akua Naru will perform live at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in NYC on October 23rd, 2014.

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Lincoln Center Press Release

New York – Grammy–nominated Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter Wayna has received accolades from popular music’s highest echelons: Stevie Wonder calls her “incredible.” Essence magazine deemed her “one to watch,” and Billboard declared her a “stand-out on the indie front.” The singer’s unique blend African and reggae-inspired soul with classic and alternative rock—aptly named “world soul”—earned her two chart-topping singles (from her sophomore LP Higher Ground) and a coveted Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Wayna’s newest album, The Expats, represents a departure from her previous work. Named as an homage to its Toronto-based backing band and internationally born production team—contributors hail from Ethiopia, Japan, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, and India—the album draws from diverse influences to create an alternative environment where Sade and The Police meet Lauryn Hill and Radiohead. Wayna’s lyrics continue to push the envelope, addressing thought-provoking subject matter including racial and economic inequality, love, individuality, and life choices.

Wordsmith Akua Naru travels the world recording her experiences and fusing musical genres, solidifying herself as a model of what women can be in the hip-hop world. Her debut album . . . The Journey Aflame (2011) reached number one on the US college radio charts.

With classic boom bap hip-hop sounds, a profound mastery of lyricism, socially conscious rhymes, and astonishing musicianship, Akua has garnered critical attention and accumulated rave reviews. Her associations with the 90s hip-hop era and acts including Lauryn Hill and The Roots have earned her appreciation within and beyond hip-hop circles. Accompanied by her band DIGFLO, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone, flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua has a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, inspiring many, and forcing some to encounter and dispel the myths they’ve been taught about women and hip-hop. Her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artistic tradition on which it builds.

If You Go:
Wayna & Akua Naru
When: Oct. 23 at 7:30
Entrance: FREE (Sponsored by Target)
David Rubenstein Atrium Lincoln Center
New York City

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Ethiopian Community of Greater Philadelphia Celebrates 30th Anniversary

(Image courtesy: The Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Philadelphia - ECAGP)

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Published: Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Philadelphia (TADIAS) – September 27th is officially designated as “Ethiopia Day” in Philadelphia by the city council. And this year the day also marks the 30th anniversary of the Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Philadelphia, which is the oldest African community organization in Pennsylvania. The association announced that the outdoor festivities this coming weekend will include a street fair, music, children’s games and keynote addresses by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Ethiopian filmmaker Professor Haile Gerima.

The event will take place on 44th and Chestnut Street, which organizers say will be blocked off for the occasion. The entertainment line-up features live performances by Asfaw Jeb Jeb, Abinet Girma (Tinishu Tilahun) and Daniel Gebril on keyboards.

If You Go:
Ethiopian Day in Philadelphia
When: September 27th, 2014
Time: 11 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 44th and Chestnut Streets
Ethiopian Community Assoc.
4400 Chestnut St. – 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19105
TEL: 215.222.8917

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Panel Discussion: Land Grabbing – Raising Awareness With Multimedia

(Images courtesy: Photoville)

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Published: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – An upcoming panel discussion at Photoville in Brooklyn hopes to raise awareness about “land grabbing” as a complex international and environmental phenomenon. According to organizers the experts will address the subject “using land grabbing as a case study, photographer Alfredo Bini and media executive Greg Moyer meet with non-profit organizations and researchers to discuss the potential for issue-based multimedia storytelling.”

Presented by Blue Chalk Media & The University of Virginia, with the participation of Human Rights Watch, Grassroots International, and Why Hunger, the panel discussion scheduled for Sunday, September 21st, also features Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch, Paolo D’Odorico, Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and Saulo Araujo, Director of the Global Movements Program at WhyHunger.

“Lately there have often been shortcomings in providing in depth coverage for stories like this because, due to space restrictions on the traditional media outlets, even more often the articles have focused only on specific aspects rather than the phenomenon as a whole,” states the announcement. “In spite of these limits, how can photography and multimedia be used as a tool for raising awareness? Conveying in-depth information and analysis about controversial issues requires time and long-term research in an age when the public’s attention level is dwindling and increasingly focused on breaking news and sound bytes.”

This presentation will take place in the Photoville Talk Area – located at the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at corner of Joralemon Street & Furman Street.

If You Go:
Land Grabbing: Raising Awareness with Multimedia
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Photoville
One Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Bay Area Art Installation & Festival Featuring Ethiopian and Eritrean Artists

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Press Release

Home [away from] Home is an experimental art installation featuring artists in the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of the Bay Area, culminating in a weekend-long festival of visual arts, music, dance, poetry, & food, around next year’s Eritrean and Ethiopian Ge’ez New Year (Sept 11, 2014) wrapping up with the grand finale festival taking place on Lake Merrit Sunday 9/14/2014.

The mission of this project serves as a metaphor for African immigrants in the diaspora trying to build a home in America while maintaining and sharing their cultural identity in the USA. With a respect for the unique histories of the Ethiopian and Eritrean peoples, we intend to highlight the art, music, and culture that brings immigrants from these two communities together while exploring the theme of “Home (Away From) Home”.

Home [away from] Home is the brain child of Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero, Eritrean American filmmaker Sephora Woldu, and Ethiopian American musician Ellias Fullmore. The project is supported by YBCA In Community, a new initiative created by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

YBCA , an arts and culture organization recognized locally, nationally, and globally for its dedication to artistic innovation, has a committed long-term vision to place contemporary art at the heart of community life around the world, making them a natural and powerful ally for such a project.

YBCA In Community is also made possible through the generous support of The James Irvine Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Abundance Foundation.

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Miss Africa USA: Meron Wudneh Thanks Her Supporters

Miss Africa USA 2014 Meron Wudneh. (Image courtesy: Miss Africa USA)

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Published: Friday, September 5th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The reigning queen of the Miss Africa USA pageant, Meron Wudneh, will be hosting an event this weekend in Washington, D.C. to thank her supporters. The event to be held at Maraki Restaurant & Lounge (1930 9th Street NW) is free and open to the public.

Meron was crowned Miss Africa USA 2014 last month becoming the first Ethiopian to win the pageant since it was launched in 2005.

If You Go:
Maraki Restaurant & Loung
1930 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Ethiopian Meron Wudneh Crowned Miss Africa USA 2014

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Ethiopia Festival In Chicago – September 13

(Photos courtesy: Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago - ECAC)

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Press release | By ECAC

CHICAGO – The Auxiliary Board of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) officially welcomes the entire greater Chicago area to participate in a celebration of rich culture in Edgewater’s Senn High School on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The event helps commemorate the ECAC’s 30th anniversary, and occurs the day after Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash) celebrations.

“This festival is a continued celebration of the ECAC’s thirty years of service to Ethiopians in the Chicago community,” said Sergut Dejene, President of the ECAC Auxiliary Board and co-founder of the festival. “Our aim is to unite all generations of Ethiopians in the area for a day of cultural enrichment and family bonding, while showcasing our culture for the greater Chicago community.”

Local vendors will offer traditional Ethiopian food, arts and crafts, and more for purchase. The event will also feature music, live traditional dance performances, and interactive cultural displays. Kids will also enjoy many fun filled activities, so the entire family is invited.

For 30 years, the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) has empowered over 20,000 refugees and immigrants from countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. The ECAC is a not-for-profit, non-political, tax-exempt organization committed to serving the educational, cultural, psychological, and socio-economic needs of Ethiopians in Chicago land and the surrounding areas.

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For tickets please visit More information is also available at

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In Pictures: Grammy-nominated Ethiopian Singer Wayna at Ginny’s in Harlem

Wayna live at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, New York on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. (Photo: Tadias)

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, August 16th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Singer and songwriter Wayna told her audience that she had her second baby only four months ago, and is blessed to have the support of her family so she can continue to do what she loves most – sing. Her energetic show at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on August 14th highlighted new songs from her latest album, The Expats, and previous hits. Wayna also made a tribute to her mother, Tidenekialesh Emagnu.

The Ethiopian-born artist was nominated for a Grammy award for her song Loving You on her first album Moments of Clarity.

Below are a few photos from Wayna’s Concert at Ginny’s Supper Club:

Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa’s Stellar Performance in Bethesda

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Ninth Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Awards Dinner Held in DC (Video)

The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum held in Washington, D.C. on August 2nd, 2014. (Photos by Matt Andrea)

The Ethiopian American

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and the 4th Pioneer Diaspora Business Person Award Dinner were successfully held in Washington, D.C. on August 2 and 3, respectively.

The annual event held under the theme “Investing in Ethiopia’s Emerging Technology Sector”, recognized three Diaspora entrepreneurs and inventors for their pioneering work in Diaspora investment in Ethiopia.

With various speakers drawn from the Ethiopian Diaspora community and beyond engaged in the technology business both in Ethiopia and in the U.S., this year’s Forum was marked by extensive discussions on the opportunities, challenges and potential partnership possibilities in the technology sector in Ethiopia.

Organized by The Ethiopian American – a U.S-based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group – the Forum and the Awards Dinner held at the George Washington University and Grand Hyatt Washington (Hotel), respectively, attracted record hundreds of Ethiopian Diasporas from Ethiopia and America as well as non-Ethiopians interested in business and investment in Ethiopia.

A unique feature this year’s event was a Private Equity Pitch Session for small and micro enterprises (SMEs) that are looking for early stage and expansion capital. The Ethiopian American has recruited Private Equity firms that are interested in investing in SMEs in Africa and potentially in the U.S. The session was held privately at The George Washington University Business School on the morning of August 2 where several Ethiopian Diaspora-owned businesses presented debt and equity investment opportunities for U.S. private equity firms whose representatives raised various questions after listening to the presentations.

“This year’s Forum raised the bar for excellence in terms of the quality of programs, speakers and the record turnout,” said Yohannes Assefa, Executive Director of the Forum. “We are really encouraged by the success of our first Private Equity Pitch Session and we hope to scale up this important financing avenue for our members with bigger and better Private Equity firms next year and beyond”.

Another element of the Forum which has been growing more popular every year since its introduction in 2011, the Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award, was this time given to two diaspora entrepreneurs who have introduced innovations in business that have significantly and positively affected business practices with long-term results in Ethiopia.

Munir Duri, Founder and CEO of Kifiya Financial Technology PLC, and Daniel Gizaw, CEO of dVentus Technology PLC, have jointly won the 2014 Pioneer Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award.

Kifiya ( is an innovative financial solution that has made financial and non-financial services in Ethiopia simple, affordable and within reach while dVentus Technology ( is a unique venture in Ethiopia focusing on state of the art technology ranging from system integration to energy efficiency solutions for renewable energy and advanced transportation.

The juries selected Munir and Daniel among several nominees through series of screening stages and procedures that took several weeks ahead of the event.

Another unique feature at the 2014 Forum was the Diaspora Business Champion Award, which was given to Addis Alemayehou, Founder and Managing Partner of 251 Communications, for his outstanding contributions in strengthening diaspora businesses through various supports.

“The successful conclusion of this year’s edition of the Forum and the Award Award is yet another milestone in the growth of the Forum,” said Yohannes Assefa, Managing Director of the Virginia-based The Ethiopian American LLC. “As we successfully conclude the 9th edition, we are embarking on major preparations for the 10th Anniversary of the Forum coming in 2015, which will see a new level of engagement by the Ethiopian Diaspora.”

Jointly sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Airlines, The George Washington University Business School, Fairfax Africa Fund, AltourTech, Kabu Coffee, Info Mind Solutions, among others, the Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and its annual magazine – The Ethiopian American – have for the past nine years served the diaspora as reliable platforms to discuss opportunities and challenges of doing business in Ethiopia.

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Founders of Ethiopian Academy of Sciences

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Photo courtesy: EAS)

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, July 8th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Founders of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) Professor Masresha Fetene (Plant Ecophysiologist & EAS Executive Director) and Dr. Brhane Gebrekidan (Agronomist and EAS Vice President) will be speaking at Sankofa Video & Books in Washington, DC on Thursday, August 14.

Organizers say the presentation entitled “Building a Knowledge Society in Ethiopia” is open to the public and will focus on their efforts to advance scientific innovation and knowledge in Ethiopia: “The purpose of this discussion is to introduce this organization to the diaspora community, expand the Academy’s network, and explore partnership opportunities.”

Per the announcement: “The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 in Addis Ababa to promote scientific culture and innovation and advance knowledge of the sciences in Ethiopia. Understanding the critical role that science academies play as a strong public voice for the promotion of both scientific excellence and science-based development, Professor Masresha and his colleagues founded the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in 2010. Founding members shared the belief that a strong scientific community enables citizens to address critical economic, environmental, and social issues in systematic and effective ways. One of the objectives of the Academy is to promote scientific culture in Ethiopia and to nurture interest and curiosity in science. It is to inspire people to engage with science-related activities and pursue science as an enjoyable and worthy pursuit. The goal is to ultimately produce a scientifically and technologically literate and informed citizenry that empowers people to make informed decisions on issues that have bearing on their day-to-day lives. EAS envisions Ethiopia developing upon sound scientific and technological bases and emerging among those at the forefront of science and technology.”

If You Go:
Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sankofa Video & Books
2714 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
Phone:(202) 234-4755

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Wayna to Perform at Ginny’s in Harlem – August 14th

Wayna (Woyneab Wondwossen) is an Ethiopian-born, Grammy-nominated R&B singer. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, July 8th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – iRock Jazz Presents Wayna at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on Thursday, August 14th.

Ethiopian-born singer Wayna Wondwosen paid tribute to her mother, Tidenekialesh Emagnu, in her first album Moments of Clarity, and she was nominated for a Grammy award for her song Loving You.

“Her life in Washington DC exposed her to the problems facing immigrant communities,” the event announcement notes. “Recently, Wayna released her music video for My Love, a song that tells the story of a woman trapped in a relationship with an abusive husband. The video features fellow Ethiopian musician B Sheba and Tsdale Worku, who performs as Wayna’s mother. Her music is an empowering blend of the soulfully spiritual and playful. For inspiration, Wayna looks to her mentor Stevie Wonder, as well as many other musicians she’s worked with over the years.”

Ethiopian food and drink specials will be served at Wayna’s show to celebrate the upcoming Ethiopian New Year.

If You Go:
Wayna at Ginny’s Supper Club
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Showtime: 8:30 PM
310 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY, 10027
Tickets at

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Speakers and Honorees at 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival This Weekend

(Image courtesy: Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America)

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) Ethiopia’s Poet Laureate – the late Tsegaye Gebremedhin – and the Zone 9 bloggers are among those who will be recognized at the 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival, which kicks off this weekend in Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The opening ceremonies are scheduled to commence on the evening of Friday, July 25th at Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza and features speeches, poetry reading, art show and drama. The speakers list includes Captain Guta Dinka (The Man Who Saved Mandela), and MIT freshman Naome Marie of San Jose, California who was accepted to four Ivy League schools earlier this year before deciding to attend MIT. The keynote address will be delivered by human rights activists Obang Metho, the head the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia.

Organizers note that the annual cultural celebration, hosted by the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), continues on Saturday and Sunday (July 26th and July 27th) at Georgetown University with various “family-friendly outdoor events and activities” including soccer, music, food and colorful displays highlighting several arts & crafts vendors.

Per EHSNA: “The aim of the heritage festival is to educate Ethiopian youngsters about Ethiopian history, culture, and traditions, as well as the contributions that Ethiopians have made in the United States.”

If You Go:
Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 6:PM
1 Veterans Pl
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 202.596.1964, 410.241.4764, or 301.706.3162
More info at

Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th
Georgetown University
3700 O Street
Washington, D.C. 20057
Phone: 202.596.1964, 410.241.4764, or 301.706.3162
More info at

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Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) Fundraising Event in DC

At the 2014 International Conference of Ethiopian Women in the Diaspora. (Photo: by Kebadu Belachew)

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) will be holding a fundraising event on August 2, 2014 at Howard University’s Blackburn Center in Washington, D.C. The event includes a panel on “The Role of Civil Society on Human Rights Issues.”

Since the organization was founded two years ago, it has hosted several events highlighting issues that are pertinent to Ethiopian women worldwide, including most notably the plight of female Ethiopian domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries. The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women ”has launched a campaign to create awareness and to challenge the international community to address their situation,” states Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw, President of CREW, in her message explaining the mission of the U.S.-based non-profit.

“Other critical issues related to the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide are also being addressed,” Maigenet adds. “Our members are committed to building a credible and strong independent women’s organization that will stand firmly for the respect of the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. We believe that women’s rights are human rights. Understanding the complex issues of gender equality in the context of the political, cultural and economic milieu in Ethiopia is important. A transformative approach is required in order to empower women so that they could advance their rights. Ethiopian women’s active involvement in order to bring about peace, equality and democracy is vital to the development of our society. CREW will collaborate with all organizations that promote the rights of women.”

If You Go:
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW)
Fundraising Event and Panel Discussion
Saturday, August 2, 2014
4pm – 11pm
Howard University Blackburn Center
2397 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
Telephone: 240-667-5227

Photos: CREW Hosts the Third International Conference of Ethiopian Women in the Diaspora

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Book Talk on Emperor Tewodros of Ethiopia at Politics and Prose Bookstore in DC

(Image: From the book "Crossing Ethiopia: Retracing The Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala")

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – John Snyder, author of the new photography book Crossing Ethiopia, which chronicles his own journey retracing the last march of Emperor Tewodros of Ethiopia to Magdala to face a British army numbering over 60,000, initially thought of making a movie on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia to depict Tewodros’ epic confrontation with Victorian England over European hostages held by Tewodros including the English ambassador to Ethiopia. Snyder writes: “A chain of events that eventually brought in the massive British Expedition of 1867-1868 began when a new English consul, Charles Cameron, arrived to replace the murdered [former consul and close friend of Tewodros ], Walter Plowden.”

In October of 1862 Tewodros gave Cameron 1000 dollars and a letter “directing him to hand deliver” to Queen Victoria. “Cameron went only as far as northern Ethiopia from which he forwarded the letter on to England,” writes Snyder. “Returning in June of 1863 without a reply from Victoria, he incurred the wrath of Tewodros, who forbade his leaving the country until an answer was received.”

In the meantime mail had arrived from France containing a response to Tewodros’ letter to Napoleon III. Suffice it to say that the reply was not exactly what the Ethiopian Emperor was looking for, not to mention that it was not signed by the French King himself. Snyder notes that “after ripping the letter to shreds and trampling it underfoot,” Emperor Tewodros is quoted as saying: “I know the tactics of European Governments when they wish to acquire a possession of Oriental States. They first send missionaries, then consuls to support the missionaries, then armies to support the consuls. I am not a Rajah of Hindustan to be humbugged in that fashion. I prefer at once having to do with the armies.”

In 1868 Ethiopian and British “armies converged for a showdown at Magdala, a mountaintop fortress where a handful of European prisoners were residing in fetters at the mercy of the Emperor.” Snyder states in his introduction: “Costing $9 million in 1867 sterling, (translating to over $5 billion today) it was, and remains, history’s most expensive hostage rescue operation.”

“Born in a remote province west of Lake Tana in 1818, Tewodros received a convent education that left him literate and deeply versed in the bible. After his teens, however, he did nothing but soldiering, getting his start as a shifta (bandit). A few followers gradually swelled into an army as he led them from one brilliant victory to another. By the age of 35, he had conquered all of highland Ethiopia and declared himself emperor. At his coronation in 1855, he cleverly designated himself Tewodros II, fulfilling a legend that 15th century King Tewodros I would eventually have a successor by the same name.”

History also records that Tewodros’ tenor as the crown holder was marked by his infamous killing sprees directed at his own domestic ‘enemies.’ Even his ill-fated letter to the Queen of England was full of macho imagery bordering on religious and ethnic fanaticism. In assuring Victoria that he is taking action to avenge the life of her former ambassador and his close friend Walter Plowden, Tewodros adds: “All men are subject to death, and my enemies, thinking to injure me, killing these my friends. But by the power of God I have exterminated these enemies, not leaving one alive, although they were my own family, that I may get, by the power of God, your friendship – I wish to have an answer to this letter by Consul Cameron and that he may go with my embassy to England…”

The author of Crossing Ethiopia: Retracing The Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala, John Snyder, will be giving a book talk on July 27 in Washington, DC at Politics & Prose bookstore. “I am pleased to report that Foreword Reviews has just awarded Crossing Ethiopia Honorable Mention in the photography category of their 2013 IndieFab competition,” he shared.

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Transport Officials From Five Countries to Visit Chicago Ahead of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Image Courtesy: Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU)

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By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – High level officials from five of Africa’s largest economies: Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa, are expected to visit Chicago this month for aviation and rail focused meetings hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The visit will take place July 30 – August 1, 2014, prior to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which will be hosted by President Obama on August 5-6 in Washington DC.

Due to the level of the delegates and the brevity of the visit, we are told, it is unlikely that there will be any time for one-on-one meetings with U.S. companies at their offices. Rather the Chicago gatherings (open to the public) includes a “Welcome Reception” on Wednesday, July 30th at Willis Tower Skydeck on the 99th Floor (Participation Fee: $90 per US Business) as well as “Dinner on Transportation in Africa” scheduled for Thursday, July 31st at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park (Participation Fee: $120 per US Business).

“The African Leaders’ visit to Chicago, Illinois is designed to share the United States’ experience fostering economic growth through key infrastructure investments by highlighting U.S. expertise in the rail and aviation sectors,” stated the announcement from the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the organizer of the event. “The African Leaders’ visit is an opportunity for high level officials from five of Africa’s largest economies to convene with U.S. leaders to explore how investments in state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure drive economic growth.”

Organizers note that representatives from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) will also take part in the conference. The list of ministers confirmed to participate include Amar Tou (Minister of Transport of Algeria), Augusto da Silva Tomás (Minister of Transport of Republic of Angola), Workneh Gebeyehu (Minister of Transport of Ethiopia), Idris Audu Umar (Minister of Transport of Nigeria), and Elizabeth Dipuo Peters (Minister of Transport of South Africa).

Per BCIU: “Chicago’s economic strength, like many cities throughout the United States, was built by its strong transportation connections to trading partners across the country and around the world. Its aviation and rail links have enabled an interior city to become a major port for the movement of goods and passengers.”

Individuals and organizations interested to attend may contact for more information. Or visit:

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Hailu Mergia at Lincoln Center NYC

Hailu Mergia backed by the band Low Mentality will be performing at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Photo: NYT via

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Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Hailu Mergia will play at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Thursday, July 17th at 7:30pm. The Ethiopian artist (who gained fame as an organist and keyboardist in the historic Walias and Zula bands) “borrows from the beauty of traditional Amharic, Tigrinya, and Oromo melodies to form swirling arrangements of keyboard, accordion, Rhodes piano, and Moog synthesizer,” organizers announced.

“In this performance, [Hailu] partners with Nikhil P. Yerawadekar’s Low Mentality for bass and beat-oriented rock and roll melded with Afro-pop, reggae, hip-hop, calypso, and more. The collective plans to release an abundance of new material in the coming year, culminating with its debut album.”

If You Go:
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:30pm
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
New York, NY

Video: Hailu Mergia – Shemonmuanaye

Audio: Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band playing – Tche Belew

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2014 Face2face Africa Awards Preview

(Image: Courtesy Face2faceafrica)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Monday, July 14th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – This month, the pan-African media company Face2face Africa will host an event in New York honoring “Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship” from the African continent. Among those to be recognized with an award include Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder and CEO of Ethiopian shoe company SoleRebels, a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire Dr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, South Sudanese British model and designer Alek Wek, and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Femi Kuti.

Face2face Africa Founder Isaac Boateng stated in a press release that his media venture is “committed to bringing quality programs” that highlight “the ingenuity” of the pan-African community. “From the young visionaries who are introducing innovative solutions to long-standing challenges, to the icons who have broken down barriers and made it possible for others to dream, we are committed to telling their phenomenal stories and honoring their contributions,” he said.

In a statement the Ethiopian honoree Bethlehem — who also recently launched a luxury leather goods company Republic of Leather — said she was “elated” by the recognition. “I feel deeply honored and excited to receive this award,” she shared. “It’s even more exciting to be in the company of my incredible fellow honorees.” Bethlehem added: “I salute my fellow awardees…It’s a dream to stand beside them.”

The award ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, July 26th at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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Mahmoud Ahmed Live in Brooklyn – July 26

Mahmoud Ahmed (Photo: By Damian Rafferty)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopia’s music icon Mahmoud Ahmed will perform live in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Saturday, July 26th from 3-8pm. The event begins the summer concert series presented by ISSUE Project Room (who also sponsored the appearance of Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa in Brooklyn last year) and Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation where the indoor/outdoor concert will take place.

“A verified legend of African pop music, Mahmoud Ahmed led the wave of Ethiopian music’s ‘golden age’ in the 60s-70s with his notoriously energetic combination of traditional Amharic music with soul, jazz & funk,” organizers stated in their press release. “His multi-octave voice made him a household name in Ethiopia, and a star since nearly the moment he started recording. The ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation are pleased to present Mahmoud Ahmed live in Red Hook, Brooklyn—his first New York performance since 2011.” The organizers note that additional supporting acts will be announced shortly.

“Born in 1941 in Addis Ababa, Mahmoud Ahmed shined shoes before becoming a handyman at the city’s Arizona Club, where he first sang professionally with their house band in the early 1960s. He sang for the state-sanctioned Imperial Body Guard Band until 1974′s revolution, after which a 14-year moment of liberated creativity took hold in the country. Leading the Ibex Band, later renamed the Roha Band, Ahmed burst to the forefront of the country’s pop scene with a melding of dance beats, prominent brass and sax arrangements, and traditional pentatonic scales and circular rhythms. His classic 1975 record Eré Mèla Mèla, released in Europe in 1986, was for years the only example of modern Ethiopian music known to the West. Since the 90s Ahmed’s music has spread across the west through four separate releases devoted to his music in the award-winning Ethiopiques series (Buda Musique). Now in his 70s, Ahmed’s music has recently been reappraised with acclaimed, energetic performances internationally.”

Video: Mahmoud Ahmed and Gossaye Tesfaye – ADERA (2013)

If You Go:
Mahmoud Ahmed in Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 – 3:00 – 8:00pm
At Pioneer Works:
159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn NY 11231
TICKETS: $20 General / $15 Members + Students

Photos: Teddy Afro at SummerStage in NYC
Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club

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The 9th Annual Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Award to be Held in Washington

Images from past Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum held in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photographs)

Tadias Magazine
Events News | Press Release

Published: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Washington, D.C. — The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and the 3rd Pioneer Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award will be held on August 2-3, 2014 at The George Washington University and Grand Hyatt Washington, respectively.

This year marks the 9th year since The Ethiopian American LL, a Virginia based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group with offices in New York, began organizing the annual business Forum.

This year, the Forum will review opportunities and challenges on “Investing in Ethiopia’s Emerging Technology Sector,” in recognition of the growing importance of technology as a key driver of innovation in the Ethiopian economy. Investments in the power sector will also be closely looked at as one of the most attractive investment and technology transfer areas where investment from the Diaspora is poised to make lasting impact. One of the highlights of the Forum will be a panel discussion on investing in renewable energy. Daniel Gizaw, CEO, dVentus Wind Technology PLC, Behailu Assefa, VP, Terra Global Energy Developers LLC and Samuel Tesfaye, CEO, Flatbush Solar LLC will discuss developments in the sector.

The Ethiopian American, the convener of the Forum, is also organizing this year for the first time a Private Equity Pitch Session (PE Pitch Session) for companies seeking early stage growth debt/equity financing in recognition of the growing interest of Private Equity firms in the Ethiopian economy.

Diaspora entrepreneurs in many ways have led the way in attracting a significant share of Private Equity investments in Ethiopia. The PE Pitch Session is organized with the view that more investment could be attracted if the opportunity is presented both to businesses and PE firms. Thus far, four PE firms and five companies have signed up for this year’s inaugural PE Pitch Session. It is to be recalled that last year’s Proof of Concept Competition was held successfully and the three finalist are currently being incubated with the help of USAID.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Ethiopian Diaspora Pioneer Businessperson Selection Committee is currently accepting nominations from the public. The Committee will announce the awardee by July 18, 2014.

The 2013 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award was given to Amman Fissehazion, CEO of Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS) in recognition of his pioneering leadership in establishing the first Ethiopian commercial global satellite Television company.

The Forum and Awards Dinner are expected to attract a large number of Ethiopians from the Diaspora and Ethiopia as well as American businesses and professionals who are interested in business and investment opportunities in Ethiopian and the U.S.

“This Forum and Awards Dinner will show case the work of Ethiopian Diaspora entrepreneurs in the technology sector and will serve as a crucial platform for sharing ideas and information for Diaspora business and other interested in investing in Ethiopia,” said Yohannes Assefa, Executive Director of The Ethiopian American.

Both the Forum and Awards Dinner will be covered by EBS and will be viewed by about 20 million Ethiopians all over the world.

The Ethiopian Airlines, Ernst & Young Ethiopia, The George Washington University, Altour Tech, Comex PLC, Metad Agricultural Development PLC, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Info Mind Solutions, EBS, and Vivid PLC are some of the sponsors of this year’s Forum.

If You Go:
Registration is now open and can be made at

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Ethio-Israeli Soul Singer Ester Rada Live in West Orange, New Jersey – July 1st

"You can’t have borders in music," says Ester Rada, who performs her adventurous, wide-ranging songs in West Orange, New Jersey on July 1st, 2014. (Photograph: Courtesy Ester Rada)

The Star Ledger

By Tad Hendrickson

Ethnic hybrids in music can be found today with such regularity that it’s seemingly now a rule more than the exception. But the strong sense of individuality that Ethiopian-Israeli singer Ester Rada gives to her mix of jazz, R&B, soul, African music, reggae and rock certainly stands out. As will the reason for it: She was born and raised in a small town of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank region to Jewish-Ethiopian parents, and this unique mix of traditions helped galvanize her to become the artist she is.

“When I was young I was very much confused,” says Rada, 29. “I didn’t know who I was — at home I had an Ethiopian culture, language and mentality, and outside I had a completely different thing. I thought I would have to choose a side. Only when I grew up did I realize I don’t have to choose. I am a lot of things and that is the beauty of us as human beings.”

It wasn’t until her family moved to the bigger Israeli city of Netanya when she was 10 years old that Rada discovered MTV and secular music.

“The mix of all that is what I am, and my music is the mix of who I am,” she adds. Her diverse musical vision and electrifying live performances make her an ideal debut performer for the new Roots & Ribs Festival at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange on July 1. While she’s toured extensively at home and in Europe and done smaller U.S. tours, Rada is in the midst of a 40-city North American run in support of her self-titled debut album, released in February.

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Reflection: The 60th Anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie’s Visit to OSU

The following article is written by Shaun Evans who is the son of Conrad and Joy Evans, Point Four staff members who worked in Ethiopia between 1956-1968. He was born in Jimma in 1964. (Photo: OSU)

Tadias Magazine
By Shaun Evans | OP-ED

Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Stillwater, Oklahoma (TADIAS) – On Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, Oklahoma State University commemorated the 60th anniversary of a visit to their campus by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. His Imperial Majesty was the first reigning foreign head of state to visit the state of Oklahoma. The Emperor brought a contingent of 19 persons with him to personally thank Oklahoma State University for their work in assisting Ethiopia in modernizing agriculture and education under the Point Four Program begun during U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s administration.

The event was hosted by the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University, headed by Vice President of OSU, Dr. David Henneberry. A wide and varied group of people, including historians, film makers, former Point Four in Ethiopia participants, university staffers, and Ethiopian, American and International students alike, came to the grand auditorium within the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development to hear speakers talk about the significance of Emperor Haile Selassie and Ethiopia to Oklahoma and the U.S.

Presenters for the commemoration included Worede Gebremariam (President of the Ethiopian Student Association), Dr. Jack Herron Jr. (one of the first children of Oklahoma State University staff participants who built Jimma Agricultural and Technical School, now Jimma University), Dr. Ted Vestal (professor Emeritus of Political Science at OSU and a preeminent Ethiopia historian, author of “The Lion of Judah in the New World”), Dr. Barbara Stoecker (Regents Professor and Marilynn Thoma Chair of Nutritional Studies who has conducted research in Ethiopia for over 20 years), and Mel Tewahade (Director of the four part documentary series Point Four – Ethiopia, and another documentary Peace Corp – Ethiopia).

Worede Gebremariam gave a fine presentation on facts and figures that provided a wonderful base of understanding about the country of Ethiopia. His charming personality and professional nature elicited laughter and brought forth well thought out questions about Ethiopia from the participating crowd.

Dr. Jack Herron Jr. shared memories of what it was like to be a young teenager moving to Ethiopia with his parents who were undertaking a historically significant project to help Emperor Haile Selassie modernize his country through providing agricultural and technical assistance and learning directly to the people of Ethiopia. Dr. Herron’s father was one of the individuals responsible for establishing the agricultural extension programs that provide local farmers with an educated source of agricultural information for improving their farming techniques. Dr. Herron’s father was also responsible for starting the first 4-T Agricultural Youth Clubs modeled after the 4-H programs in the U.S. Dr. Herron described his time in Ethiopia as being magical, surrounded by beautiful and caring people and stunning natural beauty. He also remarked that the experience prepared him, and the other children of OSU staff, to have better understanding of people in general leading to above average success in their adult lives.

Dr. Theodore Vestal, shared his immense knowledge of the life of Emperor Haile Selassie and gave the audience members detailed glimpses into the time period in which the Emperor visited the U.S. as a Foreign Head of State (a record 6 times only matched by the Queen of England later in the 2000’s). The visit of the Emperor to Stillwater, Oklahoma was the biggest event on record for the U.S. state, featuring a dinner and reception at the newly constructed OSU Student Union (at that time the largest Student Union in the United States if not the world). During the evening’s program the university’s president, Oliver Willham presented Haile Selassie with a scroll expressing respect and sincere admiration for the emperor and a bronze plaque given “on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma,” commemorating Oklahoma State University’s successful program of technical assistance and economic cooperation. Today, that plaque is prominently displayed on the campus of Ethiopia’s Haramaya University. It is estimated that the Emperor graciously shook the hand of over 1,400 attendees at the event by the end of the evening.

Dr. Barbara Stoecker informed the audience about her research which is conducted mainly in the Lake Hawassa region. Over the years, Stoecker has researched the role of micronutrients in child health in Thailand, China, Jordan, Iraq and Ethiopia. Most of her international work is in Ethiopia where she has taught, developed curriculum and helped numerous Ethiopian graduate students secure funding to attend OSU. In 2007, the Hawassa University launched Ethiopia’s first graduate program in applied human nutrition thanks to Stoecker’s instrumental work. Dr. Stoecker revealed that infant mortality rates have improved dramatically over her 2 decades of research even though more work needs to be done. Dr. Stoecker also remarked on how nice and gracious the people of Ethiopia are and what a delight it is to work with them.

Mel Tewahade, Director of the Point Four – Ethiopia documentary series, gave a history of the Emperor’s life from the time of a youngster to his ouster and assassination by communist thugs. Mr. Tewahade shared his opinions of current world events and warned participants to not be lax in dealing with extremists who bare no good will to the world and will only provide chaos and suffering. Mr. Tewahade later generously donated a copy of one segment of the documentary to all who were in attendance at the luncheon given after the presentations.

Dr. David Henneberry both began the day’s events and provided closing commentary. He highlighted that the financial commitment made by the Emperor in the 1950’s and 1960’s would have been the equivalent of a 270 million dollar educational program today in inflation adjusted U.S. dollars. There are few, if any, educational programs begun today, with this large of financial commitment, not to mention the man hours and love and caring that were given by the OSU-Point Four staff and Ethiopian officials. Dr. Henneberry was proud to point out that OSU has 4 students currently planning to begin study abroad programs in Ethiopia in the near future. He also noted the year after year dedication of Ethiopian students to attend Oklahoma State University and OSU’s dedication to providing them a world class education. In 2013, President Burns Hargis of Oklahoma State University met with University Presidents from Addis Ababa University, University of Mekelle, University of Bahir Dar, University of Axum, University of Gonder, University of Hawassa, University of Jimma, University of Haramaya and University of Adigrat. In conclusion, Dr. Henneberry stated that although the economic and political landscape has changed dramatically over the years, OSU and its Ethiopian partner universities continue to find new ways of working together to have a positive impact on their countries and the world.

Of special significance at the commemoration, it was learned that the great-granddaughter of Dr. William G. Bennett, former Oklahoma A&M University (now OSU) President and first Director of the Point Four Program, was in attendance. She shared with the audience stories told her about the time when Dr. Bennett and Emperor Haile Selassie first met at an International Food Exhibition in 1945 and the deep regard Dr. Bennett had for the leader of a free country that withstood external turmoil while reminded the world of what types of actions were noble and right to pursue in the name of Freedom and Justice.

In Pictures: Emperor Haile Selassie’s Visit to Oklahoma in 1954

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New York Abay Team’s BBQ Fundraiser

New York's Ethiopian soccer team Abay. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — New York’s Ethiopian soccer team, Abay, is getting ready for the 2014 ESFNA Soccer Tournament, which will be held in San Jose, California from June 29th to July 5th. The team is hosting its second annual fundraising barbecue today at Morningside Park in Harlem. “It’ll be a day filled with good food, great company, and activities for all ages,” organizers said.

If You Go:
NY Abay Barbecue
Sunday, June 22, 2014
12pm to 5pm
Morningside Park
122nd Street, Morningside Avenue
Harlem, NY

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SummerStage After Party: Teddy Afro Live at B.B. King in NYC on July 5th

(Images: Courtesy Massinko Entertainment, Emush Entertainment and Mickey Dread Events)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday June 10th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Organizers announced that there will be an after party at B.B. King Blues Club in New York following Teddy Afro’s outdoor SummerStage concert in Central Park on July 5th.

The event at B.B King— presented by Massinko Entertainment, Emush Entertainment and Mickey Dread Events — marks the singer’s second appearance at the acclaimed Manhattan venue renowned for showcasing world-class musical talents. Teddy, who will be accompanied by Abogida band, last performed at B.B. King in February of 2013 as part of his Tikur Sew world tour.

If You Go:
SummerStage After Party: Teddy Afro Live at B.B. King
Saturday, July 5th, 2014
237 West 42nd Street bet 7th & 8th ave
Doors Open at 11 PM
Cover $30 in advance, $35 at the door
For info call: 201.220.3442 or 917.821.9213

Video: Tikur Sew – Teddy Afro – HD English version – Ethiopia Music (2012)

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“Africa Week” Proclamation by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. (Photograph: Official portrait by Eric Haynes/ Governor's Office)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Boston (TADIAS) — This month, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will issue a proclamation officially declaring June 18th – June 24th as Africa Week. A ceremony to celebrate this proclamation is scheduled to begin at 4pm on June 18th at the State House in Boston.

The African Council (T.A.C), formerly Governor’s African Council (GAC) — a community organizing initiative founded in 2010 “to strengthen the African Voice in Massachusetts” –invites you to join them at the proclamation ceremony.

“During the celebration, we will recognize members of the African community whose accomplishments in community organizing, entrepreneurship and public service has advanced the social, economic and political aspects of society,” T.A.C said in a statement.

Three major awards will also be presented during the ceremony. The Community Leader/Organizer Award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service within the African community in Massachusetts. The Entrepreneurial Award is slated be given to an individual that has contributed to the economic well-being and vitality of their community including growth of business and employment opportunities. Last but not least, the Public Service Award will be given to a person who has fostered educational development and overall community advancement by participating in various public service activities such as mentoring, civic engagement, and working with charitable organizations.

If You Go:
Wednesday, June 18th at 4pm
Hall of Flags, Massachusetts State House
Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233
Phone:(617) 722-2000
Seating is limited and RSVP is required
RSVP: or 617.651-1822
Doors open at 4pm, Seating by 4:30pm
African Attire Recommended

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