30

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I am 30.

It’s been a long life.

I have doubted a lot of time moving back and forth in time thinking that if I belong to a past or a future generation. But the truth is, I am just from this generation and keep calming and lovin’ it.

Three decades of living, of course, like everyone else I asked myself what did I do with one third of my life (with Ethiopian life expectancy in 60% of my life)? And again, it’s been really a long life.

I notice my hair is getting thinner, but not as bad at Wayne Rooney. I have way more friends than Jesus at 30. He died only two years older than me. I haven’t got married nor have children but I love for the right reason and only for one reason – just for the love. I don’t own a car. But from the flower farms of Alkmaar to the base of Kilimanjaro, from the coldest top of Ankober to the warmth of Windhoek, I traveled many places I couldn’t even imagined being there.  I learnt everywhere is reachable. You see, I am not rich, but I challenged money more that it challenged me. As we defiantly have problems with counting – as money became the most countable thing when it comes to value. How about counting millions of smiles, millions of footsteps to follow & millions of music chords to listen to? All the other millions worth counting and be rich of them.  Continue reading ’30’

A Longing to Belong: for Religious Ethiopia

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By Hans Dembowski

Secularism is often misunderstood. This principle of enlightenment is not about government fighting religion, it is about the state being equidistant to all faiths.

Some fervent believers are and were secularists in this sense. Consider the founding fathers of the USA for instance. They separated church and state not because they were hostile towards region, but because they did not want their various churches to become corrupted by politics. They were aware of the bloodshed Europe had suffered when political leaders tried to enforce their religious beliefs, relentlessly persecuting dissenters and even going to war.

The idea of separating state and religion may seem counter-intuitive at first glance as both make rules. They make different kind of rules however. Religious rules are meant to guide the personal lives of believers and are geared to supernatural salvation. State rules, in contrast, are meant to facilitate peaceful co-existence in the daily lives of people who may have quite different backgrounds and regions principles, but must get along in the society. Continue reading ‘A Longing to Belong: for Religious Ethiopia’

Team Ethiopia : Captures from Ethiopia vs S Africa Game

P1120594The Lonely Planet guidebook author recommends , “It is always possible to talk about Football almost with all Ethiopians”. It’s actually true. One of the founding fathers of African football, Ethiopians are in love with it. Half of Ethiopian populations were not even born when Ethiopia took a major trophy in Football. (Unlike Athletics, Ethiopia achieves quite remarkable in middle & long distance running).  Now, Ethiopians are even dreaming big – World Cup Brazil 2014. They lead their group which makes them African top 10! Continue reading ‘Team Ethiopia : Captures from Ethiopia vs S Africa Game’

If the next big thing doesn’t come out of Africa, …

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The eLearning Africa 2013 report includes my interview with the title “Entrepreneurship Isn’t About Easy Money “. I re-blogged some of the questions with my answers. To read the full interview and report, click here. 

What do you think is the most significant change that needs to happen in order to tackle the education and training challenges that Africa faces?

The first and basic change that should occur is that Africans need to believe that if we don’t solve our problems, no one will. But I think I am too late to state this. Most Africans are already aware of that. The basic change is done.  Education is the key and it all starts at the family level.  Families have the highest responsibility in raising the next generation. I believe the biggest change should happen to tackle education and the challenges we face in Africa is to have a tight relationship between communities and educational institutions.

The Internet infrastructure should be improved. Schools need to be more equipped and open. I have noticed in the schools in Ethiopia that schools are only for the students. This attitude should be changed.  Higher education should work closely with the private sector; students need to get their hands dirty. If education is all about theories, we only need to teach people how to read and write. We need to learn but also practice what we learn. I know these are basic and elementary statements. But these are the essentials.

Education reforms and curriculum revision should be carried out at every level. We should stop teaching, we should start educating.

How do you think technologies can best help build sustainable human development across Africa? Continue reading ‘If the next big thing doesn’t come out of Africa, …’

Abbay (Nile): Ethiopian Proverb

"Abby maderia yelew gind yezo yezoral" - Abbay doesn't have a place to stay but it carries "wood" around"

“Abby maderia yelew gind yezo yezoral” – Abbay doesn’t have a place to stay but it carries “wood” around”

Some Ethiopians may not know the name the current Prime Minister. But the name Abbay (Blue Nile) is the center of the Ethiopian proverb. Ethiopians adore Abbay as much as they adore Adwa victory. So as the world associate Nile to Egypt so far, in deed, Egypt is a gift of Nile, as much of Nile is a gift Ethiopia.

I would love to write in depth article about Ethiopian love to Nile. But in this blog, i attach some pictures from my last visit to the Nile falls (Abbay Fafuate). Hope you will enjoy them.  Continue reading ‘Abbay (Nile): Ethiopian Proverb’

Social Media & Ethiopia: A Complicated Relationship Status

A little bit of public speaking – November 2012 – Bonn, Germany

Colonization in the Eyes of Independent Ethiopia

The African Union building, Addis Ababa

The African Union building, Addis Ababa

The Economist posted an article about an ideological competition between two diametrically opposed economic models – Ethiopian & Kenyan. I am not writing this blog to comment on this article. Though, I get inspiration to touch one of the most sensitive issues of massive contradiction of being colonialized and independent. This is one card most Ethiopians should be very careful to play with our African friends.

Ethiopia celebrates Adwa. We have millions of reasons to do so. This war was the beginning of the end of colonization. The price of war is high. We cannot ever understand what price our forefathers and foremothers paid to keep us free. Continue reading ‘Colonization in the Eyes of Independent Ethiopia’

eweket in 2012

Dear Friends – 2012 wasn’t my best blogging year. I could only post 11 articles. I have been writing different pieces on different platforms, mainly on iceaddis.com, GlobalVoices & printed publications. I couldn’t focus on my personal blog as much i wanted.

Nevertheless, I made many wonderful friends in 2012 through this blog. This is one of my primary wishes when I started to blog back in 2009. I’m here to make friends. So thank you so much for your time to follow my posts & sharing them. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

The Power of the Second Person

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photo credit: http://stevecorn.com/


One way or another, one person initiated everything.

Perhaps, you’ve heard about this before – In every successful business, or campaigns or movements, you need a “critical mass”. In social dynamics, critical mass is a sufficient number of adopters of an innovation (idea) in a social system so that the rate of adoption becomes self-sustaining and creates further growth.

Christian Gmelin (GIZ Bonn) & I conducted a workshop in Berlin last week on the topic of “Learning & Social Media”. One of the examples we used for the workshop is this video. Continue reading ‘The Power of the Second Person’

Disconnected Ethiopian Netizens

Ethiopians spend a great deal of time enjoying their coffee. No wonder there are so many cafés in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Cafés are more than just a place to hang out though; for many, they represent a dynamic public sphere in which to discuss the hottest issues facing the country. Meaningful conversations taking place in every corner of the cafés show how well-informed citizens are and how they enjoy exchanging their opinions about many things around them. But where do people get their information in the first place? Continue reading ‘Disconnected Ethiopian Netizens’


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