Ethiopian Liberation Day: May 5th, 1941

May 5, 2017

After living five years in exile, Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie I returned to the capital city of Addis Ababa on this day in 1941. Five years prior on the same day, the emperor would flee Ethiopia as the Italian invasion, which began in 1935, overtook the country. The emperor was patient in rising back to power, using political connections and the military might of his allies to defeat the fascist…


Enkutatash – Ethiopian New Year (September 11th)

September 11, 2016

Enkutatash celebrates both the New Year and the Feast of John the Baptist at the end of the long spring rains, when the Highlands are covered with wild flowers. Ethiopian children, clad in brand-new clothes, dance through the villages giving bouquets of flowers and painted pictures to each household.


HIM 50th Visit Anniversary Essay Competition is now open

March 7, 2016

The H.I.M 50th Visit Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce that the HIM 50th Visit Anniversary Essay Competition is now open! ​​The competition targets youths ages 11 – 25 to research and produce an essay or a creative/artistic piece on the visit of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I to the Caribbean Region in April 1966.  The competition is divided into the following four (4) age categories and open to youths…


Adowa, Ethiopia, emblem of African valour and resistance

March 3, 2016

March 1, 2016, marked 120 years of Adwa’s decisive African victory. In 2015 it was 70 years of the 5th Pan-African Congress and the 60 years of the Bandung Conference. Still very little is known about the rich African struggle heritage let alone the need to draw lessons to build a better African future.


Bob Marley in Ethiopia

February 1, 2016

At the end of 1978, an unexpected visitor arrived in Ethiopia. Bob Marley, the international reggae star and Pan-African popular icon came to the East African country, considered the holy land by the Rastafari movement, of which he was a member.


The Universal Ethiopian Anthem and the Ford Family

January 25, 2016

Dr. Giulia Bonacci (IRD) Have you ever heard a rendition of the Universal Ethiopian Anthem? By a full orchestra and a soloist voice in its early version or by a set of drums, many voices and sometimes a guitar in later records? This song was crafted in 1918 and first appeared in the Constitution and Book of Laws Made for the Government of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) &…


‘It Would Have Pleased the Spirit of Mr. Garvey’ Helen and James Piper and the Return to Ethiopia’ Conclusion

January 21, 2016

Physically threatened, disorientated by the profound social changes taking place before their very eyes, many settlers left Ethiopia, selling or entrusting their houses to whomever they could. Little evidence is yet to be found on the re-settlement of Helen and James Piper to the United States. It seems James Piper died tragically in 1981 in the streets of New York City (Bishton 1986: 40).


“Women Empowerment For Sustainable Growth.”

December 3, 2015

By Girmachew Gashaw She has aspired to be a pilot since her childhood. The moment, the launch of All-Women Functioned Flight on 19 November 2015 from Addis Ababa to Bangkok was an ample opportunity to showcase her skill. The flight led by Pilot Amsale Gualu, Co-pilot Selam Tesfaye and other women staff was very much successful.