Wezete  Ethiopian Entertainment Website
Welcome
Login / Register
Sponsored

Ethiopian News


  • Why are cars so expensive in Ethiopia?

    Owning a car for many Ethiopians - even those with ready cash to spend in one of the world's fastest-growing economies - remains a pipe dream.

    "I have been saving for nearly four years now, and I still can't afford to buy even the cheapest vehicle here," a frustrated Girma Desalegn tells me.

    He has been shopping around for a whole week in capital, Addis Ababa, and has still not found an affordable car.

    He is looking to buy a second-hand car imported from the Gulf states or Europe - but even they are prohibitively expensive because the government classifies cars as luxury goods.

    This means even if a vehicle is second hand, it will be hit with import taxes of up to 300%.

    "I have a budget of $15,000 (£12,300) and had expected that with that I could buy a decent family car.

    "I don't want to buy the Toyota Vitz," he says pointing to a row of small hatchbacks that have now become popular on Ethiopian roads.

    These cost about $16,000 in Ethiopia; in neighbouring Kenya the same car costs not more than $8,000.

    It seems little wonder that Ethiopia has the world's lowest rate of car ownership, with only two cars per 1,000 inhabitants, according to a 2014 Deloitte report.

     

    Read more »
  • Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana Crowned 2016 World Athletes of the Year

    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2).

    Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth occasion. The sprinting superstar this year successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, bringing his lifetime tally of Olympic gold medals to nine.

    He clocked season’s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 when winning the 4x100m.

    He also went undefeated throughout the whole season at all distances, including heats.

    "I live for the moments when I walk into a stadium and I hear a loud roar and Rio was outstanding," said Bolt, whose award was presented by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. "One of the main reasons I'm continuing for another year is because of the fans; they don't want me to retire. I have to give thanks to them."

    See All Result Here

    Read more »
  • Iconic Ethiopia Hotel to Be Demolished

     

    Ethiopia Hotel and the adjacent Bego Adragot building are to be torn down within the next month. Belayneh Kinde, the import export mogul, bought Ethiopia Hotel in 2010 for 92 million Br. He now has plans to tear down the three star hotel and erect a new 60 storey building.

    Ethiopia Hotel was one of the earliest hotels built in Ethiopia. It was built to receive guests while Ethiopia was hosting the meetings of the Organisation of the African Unity during the reign of Emperor Haileselassie I. At that time Ethiopia Hotel, along with Ras Hotel, was the most modern hotel in the country.

    The Bego Adragot building, building adjacent to Ethiopia Hotel, is also to be removed. It was one of the earliest modern buildings in Ethiopia, built more than 80 years ago, during the Italian invasion. The building, which is situated opposite the National Theatre, is an example of the architecture of a bygone era. The brick arches and the arcade of the building exhibits the craft of the Italian architects then dwelling in Addis Ababa.

    See more here

    Read more »
  • Breaking news! New Cabinet in Ethiopia

     

    According to sources from prominent Ethiopian pro-government blogger, Daniel Berhane’s HornAffairs blog, the following reshuffle is expected.

    1/ Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    2 / Abreham Tekesete(PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation.
    3/ Shiferaw Tekelemariam(PhD) (SPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Education. 

    4/ Eyasu Abraha (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.
    5/ Ahmed Shide (ESPDP) – Minister of Transport.
    6/ Negeri Lencho (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with the rank of Minister.
    7/ Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu (SEPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Youth and Sports.
    8/ Sheferaw Shegute (SEPDM/EPRDF) – head of the EPRDF secretariat.

    Read more »
RSS