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  • Merera Gudina Arrested for trespassing state of emergency rulings

    Ethiopia security forces have detained Prof. Merera Gudina (chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress) upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

    Prof. Merera delivered a speech at EU parliament in Brussels on current situation in Ethiopia along with Prof. Berhanu Nega of G7 and athlete Feyisa Lellisa.

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  • Ethiopia lobbies to relocate CAF headquarters

    The Ethiopian Football Federation will lobby for the relocation of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

    Federation spokesman Wondemkun Alayu told the African News Agency that the country was in a great position and, as the seat of the African Union (AU) and other international organisations, Addis Ababa was also the right city for the CAF HQ.

    “We will do whatever it takes to bring CAF to our capital,” he said. The $3-million (R41.88-million) support from FIFA  would be used to prepare requirements.

    It is believed that the CAF congress in Addis Ababa in March will present an opportunity for the idea to be lobbied at the highest level.

    However, experts say that given the tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile River, this move could create further problems.

    Local media quoted a football federation source as saying Ethiopia was seeking support from many CAF members who believed Cairo was “far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the north African country”.

    The spokesman echoed this view: “What we know is that as a founding member country we are more fit to host CAF and we are ready.”

    Established in 1957, CAF currently has 56 members. The confederation was actually set in motion outside Africa – in Lisbon, Portugal in June 1956 – according to the CAF website.

    Source: Africa News Agency

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  • Ethiopia detains vintage air rally pilots

    News Update: Pilots free to continue vintage aircraft rally after Ethiopia detention

    Addis Ababa - Aviators who were detained in Ethiopia while retracing a historic flight route along the length of Africa in 24 vintage planes and support aircraft are now free to continue their journey, organisers said on Thursday. Read more at

    Ethiopia detains vintage air rally pilots - BBC

    The pilots of at least 20 aircraft taking part in a vintage plane rally have been detained in Ethiopia, officials have told the BBC.

    The Vintage Air Rally planes crossed "illegally" into Ethiopian from Sudan, officials say, and are currently impounded at an airport in Gambela.

    The rally has been suspended while talks take place to try to resolve the situation.

    Earlier, a UK pilot who went missing during the rally was found safe.

    On its Facebook page, Vintage Air Rally said that Maurice Kirk, 72, was with other pilots in Gambela who were all "safe and accounted for".

    The planes, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, took off from the Greek island of Crete on 12 November on a 13,000km (8,000 mile) journey to Cape Town.

    However, the head of Ethiopia's civil aviation authority, Wosenyele Hungnall, told the BBC that the aircraft had crossed illegally into Ethiopian airspace from Sudan.

    He said the pilots had been detained and investigators were travelling to the area.

    It is understood that those detained have had to surrender their mobile phones and other equipment, so details are unclear.

    A rally spokesman told AFP news agency the problem may relate to landing permits, although he believed that all flight paths had been approved beforehand.

    Read more at BBC

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  • The Weeknd is helping resurrect a lost Ethiopian language

    Along with Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, Ethiopia’s Ge’ez is considered one of the world’s oldest Semitic languages—but you’ve probably never heard of it.

    Michael Gervers, a professor in the department of historical and cultural studies at the University of Toronto, believes it’s important to resurrect it. “The entire history of Ethiopia is in this language,” he says. “Everything written up until 1850 was written in Ge’ez, so we have 2,000 years of textual material that people don’t have access to.” It was replaced by Amharic as Ethiopia’s official language.

    In 2015, Gervers started a fund to create an Ethiopian studies program at U of T, setting a goal of $200,000 and donating $50,000 of his own money. The dean’s office matched that donation; and this year, so did Abel Tesfaye—the Toronto-born, Grammy-winning R&B singer professionally known as The Weeknd, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in the 1980s.

    Tesfaye promoted the cause to his more than four million Twitter followers. “Sharing our brilliant and ancient history of Ethiopia. Proud to support the studies in our homie town through @UofT and @bikilaaward,” he wrote.

    U of T will offer a Ge’ez language course starting in January, making it the first post-secondary school in North America to do so. Eventually, the university hopes to offer undergrad and graduate programs that focus on Ge’ez and Ethiopia’s culture and history.

    Gervers believes Ethiopia has been ignored due to a European influence on academics. Since the country was never colonized (except for a brief occupation by Mussolini’s fascists) not many people know of its original language. “It was outside of the gambit of colonial Europe,” he says. “And, as a consequence, you can go to any African studies program—with the exception of the University of Toronto—and you won’t find Ethiopian studies.”


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  • Ethiopian Airlines Sweeps Awards at Africa Travel Awards

    Africa’s leading Airline Ethiopian Airlines shone like bright stars at the Prestigious Africa Travel Awards Dinner at Akwaaba African Travel Market held recently in Lagos.

    Ethiopian Airlines took home four of the 6 Airline Awards on offer at the dinner attended by the leading lights in Africa Travel and Tourism landscape.

    The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality from Zimbabwe Honourable Anastasia Ndlovu was the special Guest of Honour. Senators and High Government officials from Nigeria and Travel Professionals from 16 Countries were in attendance at the dinner graced by the beautiful Carnival Calabar dancers.

    Ethiopian Airlines won Best Airline in Africa, The Best Economy Class in Africa, The Best Business Class in Africa and the Best in-flight entertainment in Africa.
    The Awards were received by The General Manager Nigeria Mr. Solomon Begashaw who led other ET managers to receive the Awards.

    Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

    Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.

    Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

    Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

    Other winners for the Africa Travel Awards include:
    African Award for sustainable Tourism             Winner Rwanda Tourism
    Best Business Class in Africa                           Winner Ethiopian Airlines.
    Best Economy class in Africa                           Winner Ethiopian Airline
    Airline with the best in-flight services              Winner Ethiopian Airlines
    Most passenger friendly airport in Africa          Winner Cape Town Airport South Africa
    Africa Aviation personality                               Winner John Mirenge – CEO RwandAir
    Best Airline in Africa                                        Winner Ethiopian Airlines
    Best short Haul Airline in Africa                        Winner Rwanda Air
    Best online booking platform in Africa              Winner TravelStart Nigeria.
    Tourism marketing award                                 Winner Kenya Tourism Board.
    Best international airline in Africa                     Winner Emirate.
    Best resort in Africa                                          Winner kempinski Ole Mara, Kenya
    Best African hotel chain                                    Winner Serena Hotels
    Best hotel chain in Africa                                  Winner Radisson(Carlson Rezidor)
    Hotel of the year in – Africa                              Winner Rosa Kempinski
    Best tourism minister in Africa                          Winner Dr Walter Mzembi
    Best tourism personality in Africa                      Winner Late Belinda MUtinrihi
    Emerging Destination of the year                      Winner Rwanda
    Best tourism blogger                                         Winner Natalia Rosa
    Africa Culture Awards                                        Winner Calabar Carnival.
    African Restaurant of the year                           Winner Mama Ashanti


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