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World cup trophy, music star come to Ethiopia

Ethiopian football fan’s wish to see their country participating in football’s most prestigious international competition hasn’t been translated into reality yet but a consolation of some sort is coming home soon.
It has been reported that the FIFA World Cup trophy will be coming to Addis on Tuesday night, November 17, 2009 as part of its 53-nation African tour. The trophy, a solid 18-carat gold depicting two athletes at the moment of triumph holding up a globe, will land in Ethiopia as it continues with the journey through Africa.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and President Girma Wolde Giorgis are expected to receive the iconic trophy at Bole International Airport on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, fans will flock to Millennium Hall where the trophy will be on full display.
Ethiopia becomes the sixth nation in East and Central Africa and the 36th African nation to carouse with soccer’s most valuable prize that is on a 70-day tour across 53 African nations. The trophy tour is significant in drumming up support for the 2010 World Cup finals that will be held in Africa for the first time.
According to local media reports, Somalian hip-hop star K’Naan will be here, too. He has specially recorded an uplifting African-inspired track, a remix of ‘Wavin Flag’, as the anthem of Coca-Cola’s 2010 FIFA World Cup programme. The track will be used as the music element throughout the entire campaign including as the soundtrack on all TV commercials, played at FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola events, featured on the online digital platform and more.
K’naan, 31, is a hip hop artist, rapper and poet born in Mogadishu, Somalia. At the age of 13 he left for New York City with his mother and brother and finally settled in Rexdale, Ontario, Canada. Wavin’ flag is a single of his latest Album Troubadour released in 2009. He has worked with artists like Damian Marley, Adam Levin, Nas and Nelly Fartado.
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  1. Eyob
    November 17, 2009 at 11:48 am

    very happy more times you can see world cap beacase wiheout theas chance all etiopians ican see world cup

  2. nahom
    November 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    we r happy cos we cant see z trophy on z pitch with our poor football federathion

  3. NATI
    November 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    men that so cool i wish i could there but the radio station line were bezeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Kalid Jamie
    November 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Hey there Arefe..its me Kalid tedla’s friend…the one who saw u at Addis Library and we were talking about ur blog and how u got traffic all over it..lol..good job man keep it up! Tedla’s in Dallas now and I am in Toronto Canada….please keep on updating us about our homeland…ok take care man!

    • November 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      Good to hear from you.
      How is school going? And life in Canada?
      I know Tedla is in Dallas. But I was unable to reach him as the email he gave wasn’t working. Neither his facebook page. Please send me his email as soon as you can. Cheers and have fun.

  5. Kalid Jamie
    December 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    hey Arefe, this is tedla’s email address: aqwanox@yahoo.com …Life in Canada is good except for the vicious weather! There are lots of ethiopians here so homesickness hasnt struck yet but ofcourse I am missing my homeland. How is Addis now? I heard everything’s becoming expensive is that true?

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