Time in Miss Universe Contest
Ferehiyewot Abebe, a 19-year-old
computer science student from Gonder,
became the first Ethiopian to participate in
the Miss Universe contest. The event was
held on June 1, 2004 in Quito, Ecuador.
Abebe was crowned as Miss Universe
Ethiopia this spring. The pageant was televised
in 156 countries.
Miss Ethiopia 2003
Getahun, Miss Ethiopia World 2003, has been stripped of
her title for choosing to remain in the Philippines after
participating in the Miss Earth competition there on November
9, 2003. She received the special title of Miss Friendship
at the contest. In a recent news alert sent to Tadias, the
Ethiopian Life Foundation, licensee of several international
pageants for Ethiopia, claimed that Ms. Getahun’s decision
to stay in Manila violated the terms of her agreement with
the organization. Tadias could not locate Ms. Getahun for
Doctors for Africa Opens for Business
The California based non-profit
organization, founded by Ethiopian-
American social entrepreneur Ted
Alemayhu, has opened a new office in
Sherman Oaks, California. Former Los
Angeles Chief of Police, Bernard C.
Parks, was among the many highprofile
dignitaries present at the grand
opening on May 16, 2004. Tadias
profiled Ted Alemayhu in our May/
June 2003 issue.
Abraham Models for Revlon
broadcast journalism student, Jiitu Abraham, has signed
a contract with Revlon to appear in a national print campaign
for the company’s black haircare product, African Pride.
The advertisement will run for 2 years in Vibe, Essence
and several other magazines. Jiitu has modeled for Tadias’s
Fashion Talk section (October/November 2003 issue), and
was pictured at our Washington, D.C., launch party on June
17th, 2003 (August/September 2003 issue).
Film Nominated for Emmy Award
Journey,” a one hour docu-drama by Ethiopian-American filmmaker,
Belay Workeneh, and co-narrated by Awetu Simesso, an Ethiopianborn
actor and a long time scholar of Africa at Stanford University,
has been nominated for the 2004 Emmy Awards. Set in rural
Ethiopia and the capital city Addis Ababa, the film documents
the life of a young girl who follows her dream of improved
life in a big city. Unfortunately, her dream turns into
a nightmare as she falls prey to the harsh realities of
unemployment, bewilderment and sexual abuse. “Zemad’s Journey”
was reviewed by Tadias in our May/June 2003 issue.
American Receives the Highest Science Honor in the U.S.
Tilahun Yilma, a professor of virology at UC Davis, has
been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of
the highest honors accorded to scientists in the United
States. According to the Davis Enterprise, the university
town’s local newspaper, one of Yilma’s milestone accomplishments
was the development in 1986 of a genetically engineered
vaccine for rinderpest. “The vaccine was approved in 1997
for widespread use throughout Africa”, said the newspaper.
“It was the first genetically engineered vaccine to be released
by a U.S.-funded researcher in a foreign country”.
Coming to America
Senzero has arrived in
America. The first ever doll to be
manufactured in Ethiopia is being
made available in the United States
in response to an overwhelming
demand by Ethiopian-American
parents who are eager to instill cultural
pride in their children. The video CD that accompanies
the doll shows Senzero performing
traditional Ethiopian dance
- he moves his shoulders up and
down, pushes his head backwards
and forwards, and lifts his knees in
the air in the style of dancers from
various parts of the country. The
video is a clip from the popular
animated television series.
Rebecca Mammo Wins Humanitarian Award
The Bay Area Consortium for Quality
Health Care has honored the California-based
physician for her humanitarian work and tireless
dedication to help underserved communities. Dr.
Mammo, 33, received the award at a Gala held
on April 24, 2004 in the Bay Area. She is a
graduate of Harvard Medical School and is currently
the Director of Ujima Hollistic Family
Health Center in Oakland, California. Dr.
Mammo is also an occasional contributor to
Tadias Magazine’s Health Section. Her article on
the hidden dangers of Hepatitis B appeared in
our May/June 2003 issue.
Signs with Major Record Label
Ethiopian-American rising music star,
Yonie, has landed a major recording contract
with Integy Records, a Seattle-based entertainment
company with a worldwide distribution
network. The 22-year-old artist expects to
release his first album with the new label in
early 2005. He is also scheduled to perform at
the Seahawks Stadium during the closing
ceremonies at the 2004 Ethiopian Soccer
Tournament in Seattle, Washington. Yonie was
featured on the cover of Tadias in our May/
June 2003 issue.