Category: Profile

Remembering Lieutenant Girma Wolde-Giorgis

The nation paid its respects to the man was Ethiopia’s president for more than a decade and a respected environmental activist, Girma Wolde-Ghiorgis, who died on Saturday, during a state funeral Dec. 19 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis…
Birtukan Mideksa in the eyes of a nemesis and an admirer

Peter Gill, in his book, Ethiopia and Foreigners: Ethiopia since the Live Aid (Oxford University Press, 2010), discussing the political chaos that followed in the wake of the 2005 election, which, among other things, led to the fragmentation of a…
“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,…
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…