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The sixth IWPG love and peace art competition held in Addis Ababa

The sixth IWPG love and peace art competition held in Addis Ababa

The sixth IWPG Love and Peace Art Competition were held in Addis Ababa, organized by the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) at the main campus of Addis Ababa University. Students from various schools in Addis Ababa participated, presenting paintings, poetry, and other literary works to the audience. The competition focused on the peace situation and hopes of Ethiopia, with children and teenagers showcasing their artworks. Dr. Sewalem Tsega, the head of gender studies at Addis Ababa University and the guest of honor, highlighted that Ethiopia has experienced long periods of peace. She emphasized that the primary cause of peace issues…
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Ethiopia commemorates a museum for its anti-colonial victory over Italy

Ethiopia commemorates a museum for its anti-colonial victory over Italy

Ethiopia commemorates the historic victory of Adwa with the inauguration of the Adwa Victory Museum, marking 128 years since the pivotal anticolonial war that safeguarded Ethiopian sovereignty against Italian colonial ambitions. The Adwa victory stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of Ethiopian patriots who repelled colonial forces seeking to subjugate the nation, amidst the backdrop of the European powers' partitioning of Africa during the Berlin Conference. The significance of the Adwa victory, which occurred in 1896, reverberates throughout Ethiopian history and is annually celebrated on February with various events and ceremonies. Despite the monumental importance of this…
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Ethiopian Catholic Church Rejects Pope Francis’s Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Ethiopian Catholic Church Rejects Pope Francis’s Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

The Ethiopian Catholic Church has firmly declared its stance against the approval of same-sex marriage and the blessing of such unions. This response comes in the wake of Pope Francis granting permission for priests to bless same-sex couples, a decision that has sparked reactions globally, including in Ethiopia. Pope Francis, through the Roman Catholic Church, granted priests the authority to give blessings to same-sex couples, albeit under specific circumstances considered "unusual" by church authorities. However, the Vatican clarified that such blessings are not part of the standard ceremonies conducted by the Church, emphasizing that marriage, in its traditional understanding, remains…
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Universal Music Group and Sewasew Multimedia Signs Music Distribution agreement

Universal Music Group and Sewasew Multimedia Signs Music Distribution agreement

Universal Music Group and Sewasew Multimedia Sign First of Its Kind DSP Agreement for Ethiopian Market. Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, and Sewasew Multimedia, Ethiopia’s leading music and Entertainment Company, announced that they have signed a first of its kind distribution agreement for the Ethiopian market. Under the terms of the agreement, Sewasew Multimedia will be responsible for the digital distribution and marketing of UMG’s extensive catalog of music in Ethiopia. This includes music from UMG’s globally recognized labels, such as Def Jam, Interscope Records, Island Records, Motown Records, Republic Records, and Virgin Records, as…
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Ethiopian boycotts Rema’s New year eve music concert

Ethiopian boycotts Rema’s New year eve music concert

Artists and sponsors canceled Ethiopia's New Year Eve music concerts Ethiopia will celebrate the 2016 New Year in five days and music concerts are organized on the eve of the new year. Sheraton luxury hotel is one of the music parties organizer on New Year's Eve in Addis Ababa. Advertisements are being broadcast in the media that foreign and Ethiopian musicians will perform at this music concert. Nigerian Afro bit star, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, and lij Michael, Kuku Sebsibie and other local musicians are about to perform at this New Year's concert. However, many Ethiopian are boycotting…
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Moscow schools began teaching Amharic and Swahili 

Moscow schools began teaching Amharic and Swahili 

Last May, Russia announced that it would start teaching Amharic and Swahili languages in four schools in Moscow from September. Accordingly, from the coming Monday, in September, schools in Moscow will start teaching African languages, the Department of Education and Science of Moscow announced, Sputnik reported. According to the report, the Pedagogy School 1517 teaches Swahili as a second foreign language. Also the school named 1522 teaches the Amharic language. Russia to strengthen the friendship with Africa, one or two lessons a week will be devoted to the teaching of African languages. Russia has also announced that it will begin…
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Israel plans to take two thousand Jews from Ethiopia

Israel plans to take two thousand Jews from Ethiopia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to strengthen relations with the Ethiopian Israeli community has been approved. According to this plan, to take 2,000 jews to Tel Aviv, according to the Jerusalem Post. In 2015, the Israeli government was unable to transport 9,000 Ethiopians jews who wanted to travel to Israel because of the lack of budget. The plan proposed by the Prime Minister has a budget of $66 million to transport Ethiopian Israelis. The report that the country's government has plan to strengthen its relationship with more than 160 thousand Ethiopian Jews citizens in Israel, especially to let in…
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Zanzibar banned men from braiding their hair

Zanzibar banned men from braiding their hair

Tanzania’s Zanzibar has banned men from braiding their hair, and those caught face a fine of Sh1 million($409), six months imprisonment, or both. Dr. Omar Adam, the executive secretary of the Council of Arts, Film, and Culture in Zanzibar, told local media outlet that this move is designed to protect Zanzibar tradition and culture. “Police will arrest all men who plait hair; this is not acceptable by the arts council, and there is a special permit for plaiting hair, which is Sh1 million, and we have set that price in order to deter them. Now it is your choice to…
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BMW chooses Artist Julie Mehretu to decorate its car

BMW chooses Artist Julie Mehretu to decorate its car

BMW Automobile company chooses Artist Julie Mehretu to decorate its car Ethiopian-born Julie Mehretu, who is known for her abstract paintings, was chosen to decorate the new BMW car. The BMW design projet is leading by international museum directors and curatorial judges stated that artist Julie Mehretu was chosen to design the car. The 'BMW Hybrid V8' car, which will be decorated by the works of artist Julie Mehretu, will be presented at the '24 Hours of Le Mans race' in June 2024. The artist has received numerous recognitions and awards for her work and won the MacArthur Fellowship Award…
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Ethiopia to re install the statue of Russian author Alexander Pushkin in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia to re install the statue of Russian author Alexander Pushkin in Addis Ababa

In 2002, Moscow, the capital of Russia, gave a statue of the famous Russian writer Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin to Addis Ababa as a gift. This monument has been installed in Addis Ababa around lafto area and named as "Pushkin square" for many years before took it away by city's administration. A statue of Pushkin has been installed in this square, but the square was demolished to avoid traffic congestion. A statue of Alexander Pushkin has also been placed in the grounds of the Ethiopian Museum. Public Relations Officer of Addis Ababa Roads Authority Mr. Eyasu Solomon told Al-AIN that the…
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