Category: Books

Book review: Overcoming Agricultural and Food Crises in Ethiopia

Getachew Diriba: Overcoming Agricultural and Food Crises in Ethiopia: Institutional Evolution and the Path to Agricultural Transformation Imprint: Independently published, Printed in the United States of America, 2018, 447 pp, $39.95. ISBN 9781980310983 Reviewed by Teshome Hunduma and Selam Hailemichael…
“Mengistu Lemma as I knew him”

A seasoned scholar, a subtle poet, peerless moral hero: Tedla Bairu recalls Mengistu Lemma This is the third in our series of posts to celebrate the life and times of Mengistu Lemma (1928-1988), an Ethiopian playwright, dramatist, poet and diplomat,…
Asfaw Damte recalls Mengistu Lemma

Mengistu Lemma (1928-1988) was a leading Ethiopian playwright, novelist, poet and a scholar, who in the words of the late Prof. Richard Pankhurst may be considered the Molière, Bernard Shaw or Gogol of Ethiopia. In this extract from interviews conducted…
Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days

Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days by Richard and Rita Pankhurst, (2013) 293pp, Tsehai Publhsers, Sylvia, Richard and Rita Pankhurst have long been renowned figures in Ethiopia “for their loyal championing of Ethiopia’s nationhood, their creative institution building, and their personal generosity”,…
Bahru Zewde publishes book on student movement

Leading Ethiopian historian Professor Bahru Zewde’s long-awaited book that covers the Ethiopian student movement of the 1960s and the 1970s hit shelves. The book, entitled ‘The Quest for Socialist Utopia’, describes the fundamental importance of the student movement in the…