Ethiopia

Is The Building Of The Gibe III Dam In Ethiopia Helping Or Hindering Development?

The building of the $1.8 billion dam, the Gilgel Gibe III dam, in Ethiopia, began in 2006 and has since become an international point of contention. The government has branded this development project as setting the people in the Lower Omo Valley of Ethiopia on the path to development and modernity. However, it has been reported that the dam has lowered water levels and has negatively impacted … Continue reading Is The Building Of The Gibe III Dam In Ethiopia Helping Or Hindering Development?

Ethiopia

Ethiopia needs a new rallying point instead of recycling its painful past

Ethiopia has survived several dark epochs in its long history. One of them is known as Zemene Mesafint – the era of princes. This period, between the mid-18th and mid-19th century, got its name from the Bible because it mimics the biblical “period of judges” in Israel’s history. Joshua, who guided Israel in the last and critical part of their journey of liberation and helped them to … Continue reading Ethiopia needs a new rallying point instead of recycling its painful past

Culture

Uganda gets a sporting chance to promote tourism globally

Uganda tourism supports Uganda Cranes at Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in Egypt This week a team from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) and the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) are in Egypt – this year’s host of the Africa Cup of Nations – to promote and market Destination Uganda alongside the Uganda Cranes, the national football team. The Africa Cup of Nations … Continue reading Uganda gets a sporting chance to promote tourism globally

UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator

Britain’s cultural institutions are more open than ever before to black British culture and the artists behind it, according to the curator of a landmark exhibition that charts 50 years of black creativity in the UK. Zak Ové, an artist and the curator of Get Up, Stand Up Now – which opens at Somerset House in London on Wednesday – believes black British artists are finally being … Continue reading UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator

Music

‘Birth of Afrobeat’

Review by The Minister of Information JR In September 2017, the Chicago Afrobeat Project released their fourth studio album, “What Goes Up,” featuring Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen. During their time together, Allen would recount his role in creating the Afrobeat genre. “Birth of Afrobeat” is a seven-minute short that was directed by Opiyo Okeyo, and it has been selected to screen at the San Francisco … Continue reading ‘Birth of Afrobeat’

Event celebrates Ethiopian culture, food

Emebet Alemu, City of Hillsboro welcome all for food, film and fun on June 9 at The Walters. After moving to the Portland metro area in 2009, Emebet Alemu found herself searching for more culturally expressive events in the community. When she noticed little to no representation and celebration of her own home country of Ethiopia, Alemu decided she should get things started. Years later, … Continue reading Event celebrates Ethiopian culture, food

Culture

Why Western museums should return African artifacts

A large number of artifacts held in Western museums and libraries are known to have been appropriated over the ages through conquest and colonialism. The looting of African objects anthropologists, curators and private collectors took place in war as well as in peaceful times. It was justified as an act of benevolence; as saving dying knowledge. Some museums have started to try and acknowledge that their collections … Continue reading Why Western museums should return African artifacts