Abugida Fashion: Is this Africa’s Gucci?


(CNN) — Making the jump from model to designer seemed like a natural choice for Hiwot Gashaw. Growing up in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the young entrepreneur always had a passion for fashion, drawing clothes from an early age. Thus, it was no big surprise when in 2012, having already worked as a professional fashion […] Read more

Photo Exhibition: ‘Ethiopian music legends today’

Ethiopian music legends today

Ethiopia has a very rich musical culture. In recent years, the music scene has boomed and festivals have sprung up giving more people chances to hear a diverse array of musical genres. Since his move here in 1998 Mario Di Bari has become a well known photographer in Ethiopia. His focus has been photography at […] Read more

Nigeria to Host Africa Fashion Reception

Africa Fashion

Nigeria will host the Africa Fashion reception in Abuja from July 3-5, following the consideration of its bid by the World Fashion Organisation ahead of five other African nations; South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Uganda. The decision was made in Paris last year. Nigeria is a member of the 115 nations that constitute […] Read more

Egyptian anchorwoman suspended after live row with Ethiopia envoy

Egyptian broadcaster Rania Badawy

An Egyptian broadcaster has been suspended for arguing with Ethiopia’s ambassador to Cairo during a live TV phone-in about Addis Ababa’s ongoing Nile dam project. On Wednesday, Rania Badawy, a talk show host on the privately-owned Tahrir satellite channel, got into a heated argument with Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dardir over the Grand Renaissance Dam, a […] Read more

Movie Trailer – Tikur Engda (The Uninvited Guest)

Tikur Engda (The Uninvited Guest)

Tikur Engda (The Uninvited Guest) portrays the story of Sara, an Ethiopian adopted by foreigners as a child who returns to her country of birth after 25 years to find her real parents and reconnect with her heritage. The family drama will be screened for the last time in Bahrain today at 7pm before it […] Read more

Addis International Film Festival kicks off


The long awaited Addis International Film Festival finally kicked off on Saturday June 7 at the Italian Cultural Institute. The opening session was attended by Amin Abdulkadir, Minister of Culture and Tourism and Giuseppe Mistretta, Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia. Two films were featured at the day of the opening; Jeans and Marto, a film made […] Read more

Coca-Cola: “no plans to release Teddy Afro’s Version of FIFA World Cup Song”


New York (TADIAS) — The Coca-Cola Company, headquartered in Atlanta, responded to queries regarding the unreleased, Ethiopian version of Coke’s FIFA World Cup song performed by Teddy Afro. Coca Cola confirmed that Teddy’s contract was handled by a third party, Mandala Limited, a Kenyan production company based in Nairobi. “Teddy Afro was brought into our […] Read more

Africa’s ‘Re-imagination creative hub’

Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def)

The renowned African-American hip-hop artist/actor, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), is in Addis Ababa along with more than 100 writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and artists as part of a discussion entitled “Africa Re-imagination Creative Hub (ARCH): Developing the identity, heritage, arts and culture chapter for Agenda 2063,” which is being held at the […] Read more

Food Festival: President Bill Clinton And Mayor De Blasio Announce Harlem EatUp!


“Today is a big day for us,” Samuelsson told the crowd gathered in the downstairs lounge of his restaurant The Red Rooster. “We feel like this is such an exciting time to live in Harlem and this food festival will have art, food, music and celebrate the great people of Harlem.” Signature events will include […] Read more

Liyou Libsekal wins 2014 Brunel African Poetry Prize


Liyou Libsekal, an Ethiopian poet who lives in Addis Ababa, has won the 2014 Brunel University African Poetry Prize (BUAPP). The judges, including prize founder and Reader in Creative Writing at Brunel Dr Bernardine Evaristo, praised Liyou’s poetry for its accomplished modulation between the concrete and the abstract; her impressive use of the fully realised […] Read more

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