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Mock Me If You Will But…

‘Ethiopia My Home’ (Shama Books, 2001), a book based on story of a certain John Moraitis, a Greek who had been an Ethiopian goverment employee and the long-term Reauters correspondent during the Emperor’s time is full of amusing and intersting anecdotes.This one that I’d like to share you revolves around on a certian wealthy Ethiopian nobleman who was a customer in the bank (The Bank of Abyssinnia) where John was working as a clerk.It tells how John and some other Greeks came to rescue the man whom they regard as thier business rival while he was in deep trouble over his …. Here it goes.

One very important Ethiopian nobleman who dealt extensively with the bank was Ras Hailu Takle Haymanot, the hereditary chief of Gojam, a merchant prince, the wealthiest of the wealthy.He was notorious among merchants, particularly the Greeks, for his efforts to monopolize the trade in the north and especially in Gojam.John, Eftimiadis, and a number of Greek traders were intrigued when he invited them to his compound.Soon after everyone had arrived, he announced to them that he was superior to all other businessmen, but that he had a problem he had been unable to solve.John tried to imagine what sort of problem would prompt such a powerful and successful man to gather such as this for discussion.Quite unexpectedly, his host declared that he had difficulties with his genital organs, and he promised the immense sum of 3000 Birr if they could produce a cure.They did and were duly paid.

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  1. Mao
    January 30, 2007 at 11:40 am


  2. Mamitu
    February 7, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    His notoriety must have been at work in other aspects of his life too 🙂

  1. March 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm

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