Award Night: 2nd Annual Colours of the Nile Film Festival in Ethiopia

award night in Addis Ababa

The winners at last month’s second annual Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) in Ethiopia — which highlighted 48 films from across the African continent — included Rumours of War by Soussaba Cisse from Mali (Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Original Soundtrack), President Dia by Ousmane William Mbaye from Senegal (Best Documentary), Adamt […] Read more

Linda Murithi brings Editorial Edition to Hub of Africa Fashion Week


Known as one of Africa’s most glamourous gatherings, Hub of Africa Fashion Week is planning to set the international fashion industry a buzz in October 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – the diplomatic capital of the continent. With the recent website re-launch of Hub of Africa Fashion Week, the team behind the premier event is […] Read more

Tomas Doncker: A Soulful Music Man

Tomas Doncker: A Soulful Music Man

Tomás Doncker has been part of the national and international music scene for some time, traveling to places like China, Japan, and Ethiopia just to name a few, promoting his Global Soul message. All of this has not been a solo ride for him, for he has had a tribe of talent—past and present—by his […] Read more

2014 Gumma Film Award


The Gumma film award was held at the National Theatre on February17th in which 23 Ethiopian movies made in the year 2012 were nominated for 17 different categories. Accordingly the Gumma film award for Best Film of the year 2012 went for Yelomi Shita. Solomon Bogale took home the Best Actor award while Elizabeth Melaku […] Read more

Addis sidewalks: where life happens

Addis sidewalks: where life happens

Sidewalks in Addis Ababa are the setting for many interesting stories. Walking down the street, there are the shoe shine boys waiting for business, car washers, the vendors carrying candy, gum, tissue paper and cigarettes, people chewing Khat or having coffee. Sidewalks in Addis Ababa are multi-purpose; from shops to cafes sometimes it seems people […] Read more

Ethiopia’s clothes firms aim to fashion global sales

Yefikir Design's clothes are handmade from cotton

Ethiopian fashion designer Fikirte Addis kneels down and wraps a tape measure around the waist of a customer, before scribbling on a piece of paper on which the outline of a flowing gown takes shape. The customer, Rihana Aman, owns a cafe in the capital, Addis Ababa, and went to Ms Fikirte’s shop in the […] Read more

SatLink Communications chosen for global distribution of Ethiopian news channel

etv-ethiopian television

The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) has chosen SatLink Communications, a leading provider of satellite services, for the global distribution of its ETV news channel. As a result of the partnership, ERTA, which is a government-owned television channel, broadcasting news, entertainment, music and sports content, will extend its audience reach over SatLink’s Global Satellite […] Read more

Meklit Takes Things ‘Slow’ On New Song (Premiere)


Singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero covers a lot of ground, geographically and musically. Born in Ethiopia, Meklit (who goes by her first name) now lives in San Francisco, where she makes music that lands somewhere in the intersection of jazz, sultry pop, the traditional music of her homeland and Police covers. All of them are […] Read more

Sileshi DemessIe presents evoking music

Sileshi DemessIe - yamral hagere

Last week Thursday, music lovers gathered at the Friendship International Hotel to listen to Sileshi Demessie aka Gash Abera Molla sing about the old days and ways of Addis Ababa and the rest of the country. The artist performed songs from his new and highly appreciated album entitled ‘Yamral Hagere’. His songs especially from the […] Read more

Revolutionizing the Ethiopian clothing industry

Fikirte Addis-ethiopian designer

The traditional weavers of Ethiopia are famous for their dexterity and skill, with all the knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Gradually designers and entrepreneurs are realizing the vast potential of this largely untapped resource. Henok Reta met up with one such ambitious businessperson, and discovered more about the Ethiopian textile industry. Working twenty-hour […] Read more

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