Category: Profile

Ode to Ethiopia

Maria Thomas, author (“African Visas” and “Come to Africa and save your Marriage”) and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia, probably said it best: “If you’ve ever lived in Ethiopia, you never really put it behind you. You follow the…
Interview with Gérard Prunier (First part)

Gérard Prunier is a writer and researcher on socio-political issues, specialising in the Horn of Africa on which he has published numerous articles and books. Born in Paris and studied both in France and in the US, Prunier received a…
Former Amharic teacher shares Cuban story

In the 1980s, as part of its revolutionary commitment to international cooperation, Cuba provided scholarships to Ethiopians and other African nationals. On La Isla de la Juventud, the Isle of Youth, were four specially designed schools where thousands of Ethiopian…
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…