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The eco-friendly fashion designer

April 13, 2013 Leave a comment


Ruth Woldeselasie is fast becoming one of Ethiopia’s hottest designers. Her designs, which are simple, straightforward and locally inspired pieces, are getting recognitions from different corners. She draws inspiration from country and urban folks in order to produce wearable and long-lasting clothes. In her ‘Urban Roots Couture’ label, the Addis-born designer is trying to mix fashion with street culture – pushing the boundaries to the maximum. Since its inception, Urban Roots Couture has received press coverage from major local newspapers such as the Capital, the Reporter. Ruth has recently styled the likes of Jano Band, the recent Miss Ethiopia pageants and Miss Universe Ethiopia. She has showcased her work at numerous places in Addis such as a solo show at Radisson Blu Hotel, and another one at Sheraton Addis to mark Rotarian’s 50th celebration. Last November, at Velvet Restaurant and Pastry, she collaborated with twenty enterprises that specialize in using recycled and organic-based textiles materials to create outfits. In the Hub of Africa 2012, she partnered with Sole Rebels, an artisan who manufactures eco-friendly footwear, to showcase her works in African Union Conference center. She also participated in African Mosaique’s group show, “Biennial Fashion and Cultural Gala” at Sheraton Addis on January 4, 2013. On December 15, 2012, she has staged an “Eco Friendly Fashion Show” at Alliance Ethio-Française. Read more…

Photos of the day

July 23, 2012 1 comment

It is the summer vacation for students in Addis Ababa where family-oriented indoor and outdoor special activities aren’t in abundance. But that doesn’t mean there are not things to do for the youngsters in the city. Here, brothers and sisters are shown playing billiards in a bar near the Shi Solomon Supermarket in front of the National Theatre, mostly reserved for grownups.

An Ethiopian Muslim bride wearing a white dress and veil smiles for the camera at the door steps of the Semen Hotel. Her bridesmaids were wearing sparkling bright dress. The event was an intimate gathering of family and friends in one of the oldest hotels in Addis.

A rain soaked afternoon in Addis Ababa.

A woman dressed in white full-skirted dress and loosely woven netela and carrying a decorated walking stick coming poses for a photo on her way back from church in Gofa area, Addis Ababa.

A monk dressed in bedspread, with yellow hat and carrying picture of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus on his shoulder asks young church goers to raise their hands in prayer in Gofa Gabriel church in Addis Ababa. You can see marks of old age whcih are etched all over his face.

Photography and painting exhibition

July 9, 2012 2 comments

An art show featuring acclaimed photographer Aida Muluneh and emerging painter Emanuel Tegene opened on July 5, 2012 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa. Entitled “The Art of memory”, the exhibit is a collection of 16 photographs and 37 paintings, produced in different times, by the artists who are now husband and wife. Aida and Emanuel pair their creations to showcase ‘an idea of our inner self, of captured moments that resonates a connection to our surroundings, of our past and our inner truths,” they wrote the in the exhibition leaflet. While the photos captures dazzling human moments, which Aida maximizes through sense of composition, the paintings reflect of the moment with highly accomplished images and rich color. Read more…

Miss Ethiopia website launched

October 2, 2011 4 comments

A new Miss Ethiopia website providing all the latest official information on the upcoming Miss Ethiopia 2011 beauty pageant was launched recently.
The website,, is the information service for anyone interested in the forthcoming Miss Ethiopia 2011.
Regular announcements of the beauty pageant details in the run up to the final day, December 30 2011 will appear on the site. Photos and information on contestants, judges of 2009 and 2010 events are also included.
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Ancient prayer book returned

June 4, 2010 1 comment

A century-old Ethiopian prayer book stolen decades ago was returned to Ethiopia late Wednesday after the American collector who held it agreed to the restitution.
The precious relic is a psalter written in the liturgical Geez language and illuminated with bright and colourful pictures of saints that belonged to Emperor Menelik, who ruled the country from 1889 to 1913.
Experts say it disappeared three decades ago and was only located recently by Steve Delamarter, a visiting American scholar who made contact with several collectors of Ethiopian items in the United States.
“Gerald Weiner is the largest collector of Ethiopian antiquities in north America. I went to him and said they belonged to Ethiopia,” said Steve Delamarter, professor of Old Testament at US-based George Fox University.Read full story at AFP.

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Rebel with or without a cause?

May 7, 2010 1 comment

Mesfin Wolde-Mariam/ Addis Journal

One day a student in his final year came to Professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam, who was then head of the geography department at the Addis Ababa University and told him that he has decided to quit school. This was one student that Prof. Mesfin had got to know very well. The student told him that he had already discussed the matter with the dean. “He was not that young. In fact, he was nearly my age,” recalls Prof. Mesfin. Having spent his life in trade, it was with utmost eagerness that he joined the university, Mesfin recalled. Now, he was only left with six months. His reason for quitting didn’t sound convincing to the Professor. “Opposing his decision, I argued the matter with him for three hours. Finally, I got him to change his mind,” says Mesfin. Read more…

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The Emperor’s arrival in New York City

April 5, 2010 1 comment

It was a common knowledge that Emperor Haile Selassie was a globe-trotting statesman. He was the country’s roving ambassador whose overseas sojourns sharpen western awareness of the country.
In this extract from the noted writer Kebede Michael’s reportage “Girmawinetachew Be American Hager” (His majesty in America), he recounts the warm and enthusiastic welcome His Majesty has received by the American public during his first tour in June 1954. Read more…

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Art linking two cultures

November 6, 2009 3 comments

An art exhibition entitled “Meeting Here” is being shown at the German House here in Addis starting from October 29, 2009.Over 70 works of two Ethiopian and two German artists are on view at the show organized by GTZ.
Intended to be as a synthesis of cooperation and linkages between two cultures, the artists Merikokeb Berhanu, Christian Voight, Karin Fiedler and Mulugeta Gebrekidan have come up with works that differ widely in style and presentation, nevertheless sharing a common theme: the impersonality of art that transcends boundary.
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Sahag Boghossian dies

August 27, 2009 9 comments

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A prominent member of the Armenian community Sahag Boghossian has died at the age of 98 last Monday. He was buried at the St. Kevork Armenian church near Seba Deredga area yesterday afternoon.
A lawyer, businessman and patriot, Boghossian has been one of the most recognized and well-liked figures in Addis Ababa.
Born in Addis Ababa in Arat kilo on July 22, 1911, Sahag was the 8th child of ten children.His father Krikorios Boghossian settled in Ethiopia during Emperor Menelik’s time and was important in the affairs of the state. Read more…

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