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  • Mekedonia Founder Humanitarian Biniam Belete Married

     

    Biniam Belete is a Young Ethiopian Humanitarian who is helping elderly and mentally ill poor people in Ethiopia. He is the founder of Mekedonia Humanitarian associations MHA. He is now married to Eleni Gebreyes who is also active in the association.

     

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  • The 15 Best Quips from Anthony Bourdain’s Tour of Ethiopia

     

    By Brenna Houck |

    Traveling from the humming streets of Addis Ababa to rural villages, the latest episode of CNN’s series Parts Unknown spans history, culture, and heritage to debunk myths and discover where Ethiopia stands as a country today. According to host Anthony Bourdain, the country is undergoing renewed economic growth “fueled largely by direct foreign investment and a returning Ethiopian diaspora.” And appropriate to that theme, New York City chef Marcus Samuelsson and his wife, model Maya Haile, act as Bourdain’s guides.

    Samuelsson’s exploration of his own sense of place plays a major role in the episode. His relationship to Ethiopia is a complex one. Samuelsson was born to a farming family in a rural Ethiopian village in the 1970s and contracted tuberculosis at the age of two. In a last-ditch effort to save her children, Samuelsson’s mother walked him and his sister 75 miles to a Swedish hospital in Addis Ababa for treatment. She later died, but Samuelsson and his sister recovered and were adopted by a Swedish couple. Then, at an early age, Samuelsson moved to New York City, where he established himself as an expert chef.

    Parts Unknown (Pic 1)“I always find it such a paradox that I was born into very little food, but yet I’ve made my whole life about food,” he says. “My structure and pragmatism comes from being raised in Sweden. And my sort of vibrancy and warmth to cooking and feel-based food that I love comes definitely from here[Ethiopia].” Samuelsson has since reconnected with his birth father and has forged even more Ethiopian ties through marriage; Maya was born and raised in Ethiopia and has a strong grasp on the language and customs. From skate parks to tej bars and sheep slaughtering ceremonies, the group explores what it means to be a modern Ethiopian.

    Here now, the 15 best Bourdain quips from his Ethiopian sojourn:

    1) On the curiosity of seeking out food in a place with a history of famine: “Weirdly enough, the single aspect of Ethiopian culture that most Westerners do know a little about is Ethiopian food.”

    2) On injera bread: “It’s not just food, it’s an implement.”

    3) On the cultural practice of gursha — stuffing food in a fellow diner’s face: “Try this at the Waffle House sometime and prepare for awkwardness.”

    4) On the local cocktail — Turbo: “What’s the first rule of drinking? Don’t mix.”

    5) After drinking the Turbo: “You’re terrible people, man.”

    6) On tej, a low-alcohol fermented barley and honey drink: “It’s a cheap buzz.”

    Parts Unknown (Tej)7) On the number of religious icons in the tej bet: “That’s the last thing I want to see in a bar — the disapproving gaze of a saint.”

    8) On an era known as “The Swinging Addis”: “Before those fun-hating commies came and ruined everything.”

    9) While looking for chicken in a market: “I can smell a frightened chicken a mile off.”

    10) Before the chickens are slaughtered: “See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.”

    11) To Samuelsson, on helping women make a feast: “How do the ladies feel about you cooking? This is causing serious problems?” Samuelsson, in response: “No, you already crossed it — because you’re the first foreigner ever in that kitchen.”

    12) On the traditional feast-making roles in Maya Haile’s village: “The production continues. Women in the kitchen — except for Marcus, who [looks] most comfortable there though his presence is a befuddlement to the others. Men taking care of the meat. Oh bro food traditions, you’re everywhere!”

    13) To Samuelsson, on humanity’s unique feasting skills: “It goes right back to the first fire. ‘I’ll bring the dip.'”

    14) On giant platters of barbecued meat: “This I love without reservation.”

    15) On Samuelsson’s preordained profession: “I’m pretty sure you would have been a shit farmer, Marcus, I really do. I just, I can’t see it. You would have been the best-dressed goddamn farmer, that’s for sure.”

    Source: Eater

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  • AMAZING REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ADD BUTTER TO YOUR COFFEE

     

    Usually, when we drink coffee, we add some sugar and cream to improve its taste to our liking. But there’s a new trend now that could make you stop using the sugar and cream – a pat of butter. This trend goes by the name Bulletproof Coffee, and is believed to be able to help you kick your day into overdrive.

    Many wellness experts support the use of butter to boost coffee’s taste and effect. If you’re unsure whether to try it, here are some reasons that could convince you to add some butter in your coffee tomorrow:

    1. Great for People On the Go

    If you start work or school early, you don’t always have time for breakfast before you leave the house. So, you could just add two tablespoons of butter to your coffee and this is already the equivalent of a complete meal. The butter will give you the calories and essential fats you need, so that you can perform better at work or school.

    1. Energy for the Mind and Body

    Staying alert is one of the reasons why people drink coffee in the morning. The Bulletproof Coffee will provide energy for the body, as well as the mind. In fact, it will increase your cognitive function, so that you will feel more alert for as long as six hours. And unlike traditional coffee, you will not experience any form of crash.

    1. Good for Weight Loss

    People who think about losing weight, don’t usually consider adding butter to their diets because it is filled with fat and is very high in calories. However, if you regularly put butter in your coffee, you will allow your body to adjust to the increased fat intake. It will become a routine for your body, so it will be much easier to trim your waistline down. In addition, grass-fed butter has conjugated linoleic acid or CLA, which has already been proven to reduce body fat, particularly in people who are considered overweight.

    1. Healthy Fats

    Adding butter to your coffee will definitely give you the fat that your body needs. And not only that, but it can also provide your brain with the healthy fats that are essential in creating membranes and hormones for better cognitive function. The short-chain fatty acid–butyrate–is believed to be effective in preventing heart disease, inflammation, and neurodegenerative disease, while increasing your energy.

    If you want to increase your energy, satiety, and focus, start adding butter to your coffee today.

     

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  • How Chencha, a Small Town in Ethiopia, is rocking Africa Fashion week

     

    At first glance, Chencha, Ethiopia — an isolated hamlet of bamboo houses situated 300 miles south of the capital of Addis Ababa — doesn’t look like it’s the center of anything. It certainly doesn’t look like a major player on the world’s fashion stage. But then, looks can be deceiving.

    The town is home to the Dorze people — an ancient community of weaving specialists whose designs have reached catwalks as far afield as New York and Tokyo.

    When Tsehynesh Tara, a weaver who originally hails from Chencha, sees pictures of her fabrics on the backs of supermodels, she gets giddy.

    “When I first saw the photos I was so excited. I said: ‘Did I really make that? Did I make that fabric!?'” she recalls.

    Tara is one of several weavers employed by Addis-based fashion designer Mahlet Afework. The 27-year-old designer employs female weavers from Ethiopia’s rural areas. In return, weavers teach her about the history of her country and the meaning behind its fabrics.

    “Every season I try to tell these stories with my collections — I try to learn more about Ethiopia and its beautiful culture,” says Afework.

    “It’s where we come from, it’s in our blood.”

    Mahlet Afework started her career as a model and rap artist before shifting to fashion. Self-taught via Google and YouTube videos, she’s gone on to collaborate with cult UK designer Markus Lupfer and has exhibited at London college of fashion.

    In a TED talk last year she told a global audience that Ethiopian fashion is not just about paying homage to its ancestors — it can actually lift women out of poverty.

    “In Ethiopia we have more than 500 underemployed female weavers in each village. We have a responsibility to give them a job — and then show their work to the world.”

    Tara says she, for one, appreciates the opportunity.

    “I’m very happy to make a sustainable income to support my family and also to work for a well-known fashion brand in Ethiopia,” she says.

    Female empowerment

    Female weavers from Chencha are drawn to Addis Ababa to earn a living at the country’s largest clothing market, Shiromeda. But women tend to struggle in the male-dominated industry there.

    “They come to Addis but they still live in poverty,” says Afework. “The women usually get a really low income because markets tend to be on weekends, when Ethiopian women would traditionally look after their families.”

    Chencha is home to an ancient community of weavers.Chencha is home to an ancient community of weavers.

    “This is why we now employ female weavers directly,” she adds.

    Afework was first introduced to Chencha’s weavers through UN events to encourage female participation in the economy. Today, designers can meet weavers directly through organizations like the Center for African Women Economic Empowerment.

    U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon visited the organization this July to show his support to the Ethiopian fashion industry and its work in empowering rural weavers.

    Don’t forget where you come from

    This week, Addis Ababa will be host to Hub of Africa fashion week — a fashion show that aims to gain international exposure for leading fashion designers from Ethiopia and across the rest of Africa.

    Managing director Mahlet Teklemariam started the event in 2010. This year, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief, Francos Sozani, will host a roundtable discussion about marketing African fashion abroad.

    “We’re showing that Ethiopian fashion is not just local — it can be so much more,” says Teklemariam. “It’s about getting that exposure and networking with other designers.”

    The Addis-based event will showcase other leading lights of Ethiopian fashion, including Genet Kebeda, Ayni Ayele, Hiwote Gashaw, Fikirte Addisu and Yordanos Abera.

    As the event’s organizer, Teklemariam sees a common thread between these young designers.

    “Our designers have already traveled to events in Japan, Norway, (America) and South Africa. And even as they become international, there’s always a touch of Ethiopia in their designs.”

    She adds with a smile: “They never forget where they come from.”

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  • Ethiopia’s Melaku Belay of Fendika to Perform at Globalfest 2016 Concert

     

    Melaku Belay. (Courtesy photo)

     

     Melaku Belay, leader of the traditional Ethiopian dance troupe Fendika is featured in the lineup for the 2016 Globalfest concert in New York City.

    “Globalfest has announced the lineup for its 13th annual concert, which will feature performers from Mexico, Ethiopia and Haiti and be held at Webster Hall on Jan. 17,” the New York Times reported.

    Melaku, who is known for his innovative and virtuoso interpretation of Eskista, has performed several shows in NYC while touring with the Ethiopian American band Debo, and most memorably he participated at the Lincoln outdoors concert in 2008 with legendary saxophonist Gétatchèw Mèkurya and The Ex band.

    “Fendika an ensemble led by the exuberant dancer Melaku Belay, mixes traditional music and dance from Ethiopia,” the New York Times added.

    Jon Pareles of the New York Times described last year’s Globalfest festival as “full of fusions both geographical and temporal: local and far-flung, old and new. What fortified nearly every performance was the sense that the music still comes from some place like home,” and noted that “next year’s edition will likewise showcase an intriguing mix of artists devoted to cultural exchange and preservation.”

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