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The Story Of Tayitu Betul

Hello everyone as you all know on March 8 international women’s day was celebrated and so today we are going to talk about one of the greatest women in the history of Ethiopia Tayitu Betul.

Born on august 17 1851 Tayitu Betul was crowned empress of Ethiopia on November 4th 1889. She was the wife of Emperor Menilik II.

Known for her exceptional intellegencd Empress Tayitu had a great role in the history of Ethiopia.

The Empress was actively involved in the Emperors government, Taitu opposed anything that could result in the loss of Ethiopian territory and for this she was a strong woman willing to do anything for her country.

As mentioned in our previous blog Tayitu played a major role in the Battle of Adwa by urging the Emperor to reject the Wuchale Treaty and by advising Ras Mekonin to cut off the water supply.

Even after the battle Tayitu and Menilik were working to build a modern country with diverse population and culture.

Empress Tayitu also founded Addis Ababa which still remains to be the capital city of Ethiopia.

As the Emperor fell ill more power started to concentrate in her hands which rose opposition against her and forced her to retirement.

She was indeed a very strong and succesful woman who stands as a role model for many women.

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Victory day!

125 years ago on March 2nd Ethiopia became the first and only African nation to defeat an European colonial state. On this day traditional warriors, farmers, and pastoralists, as well as women, defeated a well-armed Italian army in the northern town of Adwa in Ethiopia. The war started due to the Wuchale Treaty.

The battle started in different phases. The first showdown occurred at Amba Alagi on Dec. 7, 1895, where a relatively smaller Italian army was wiped out. The second encounter was at Mekelle, where the Italians were stationed behind a strong fort. The Ethiopians surrounded the Italians for two weeks and, upon Empress Tayitu Bitul’s advice, cut off the fort’s water supply.

Empress Tayitu Bitul

The Italian commander agreed to surrender if they would be allowed to leave with their firearms. Emperor Menelik II agreed that they could leave the garrison unharmed.

Emperor Menelik II

One of the key leaders of the Ethiopian forces was Etege Tayitu Bitul, wife of Emperor Menelik. A fearless strategist and brilliant administrator, she led 6,000 cavalries to the war front and employed traditional music and war chants that motivated the fighting spirit of the warriors. 

In memory of this victory every year since we celebrate the bravery of our forefathers. The victory of Adwa reflects the power in our unity.

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Athletics In Ethiopia

Hey there Habeshawi family hope you all are doing well,on todays blog we are going to talk about famous Ethiopian athletes.

We’re going to start off with the very famous Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila(1932-1973): born and raised in Ethiopia, was one of Emperor Hailesilassie’s imperial bodyguards is widely known for winning the 1960 olympic games barefoot. The new running shoes bikila purchased did not fit well so he made the brave decision of running barefoot. From that day on he let the world know his name and also announced the ability of East African Athletes.

Abebe bikila running the 1960 olympics barefoot

Haile Gebreselassie: another one of the Ethiopian athletes very famous among ethiopians and the world announced his retirement from his 25 years career has won 2 world olympic gold medals 8 world championships…and he also set 27 world records.

Haile Gebreselassie

Kenenisa Bekele(1982): still holds the 5000m and 10000m world records and is considered the greatest long distance runner of all time, some if the many accomplishments of Kenenisa are that he won 4world olympic gold medals,2 world marathons and many others.

Kenenisa bekele

Not only male but also many female athletes have left their marks in Ethiopian Athletics history some of them are;

Tirunesh Dibaba (1985): Tirunesh is perhaps the most famous female Ethiopian athlete. Also holds the 5000m world record. Has won 3olympic track medals 5 world championship and 4 world cross running medals and many more

Tirunesh Dibaba

Meseret Defar (1983): is another one of our very famous athletes. She has set 2 world records,won 11 gold medals, 6 world championships,3 African games and many many.

Meseret Defar

Derartu Tulu(1972): Last but not least for our todays blog is derartu tulu. Derartu who is the current president of the Athletics Federation Of Ethiopia was the first African female Olympic champion, she has also won 2world championships 3 olympic medals and many more.

Although we couldn’t list all of their achievements these athletes have done a lot of work and brought pride to their country.

Love and Respect for our Athletes!!!

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Christmas eve with Rising Youth

Hello Habeshawi family! This week I will be telling you about our Christmas Eve party at Muday charity Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Rising Youth. Rising Youth is a team of people aged 13 to 19 that work to help institutions and individuals in need. It aims to play a positive role in society and assist those who seek help. It also works on creating youth who do community service and become active citizens. Rising  Youth currently has over sixty-five members and aims to have over a hundred active members, work with at least 30 organizations and become an independent school club by the end of 2021.

Certificate of appreciation by Muday Charity Association to Rising Youth

On January 6, 2021, Ethiopian Christmas eve, the Habeshawi team, co-founders of Rising Youth, Arsema M. Yimer and Lydia W. Mulugeta, and other members of the club went to Muday Charity Association. We took Holiday essentials like Cookies, Cakes, candy, etc. We had a great time with the children and registered to volunteer weekly.

Muday Charity Association(  is a non-profit organization established to help vulnerable women and their children by providing shelter, food, clothes, healthcare, and education. It is located in front of Kobe College, in Yeka sub-city, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The mothers of the children spend the day learning different types of trades such as pottery, weaving, basket-making, cooking, and gardening, to free them from dependency and help them develop self-reliance. The Muday Association generates income through several activities, such as selling the crafts made by the women and a dairy farm, as well as from donations.

Rising Youth


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Gondar The Royal City Of Ethiopia!!!

The main Fasiledes Castle

Hey there habeshawi family hope you all are doing well.
Today we are gonna take you on a mental tour of The Fasiledes Castle found in Gondar.
Visit Fasiledes
The Fasiledes castle was found in the 17th century by emperor fasiledes.Although it was founded by emperor fasiledes it has served as a home for many other Ethiopian Emperors. Right now the fasil ghibbi(which is compound in Amharic)is a remain of a fortess city located in Gondar, Ethiopia. It was registered by unesco as a world heritage site in 1979. The buildings of fasiledes, iyasu1st palace dawit 3rd hall, empress mintewab castle, chancellery and the three churches of saint Michael saint George and saint Mary found in the compound are some of the constituents of the castle we see today. The compound itself is very wide it is around 70,000square meters.
 Fasiledes castle is enclosed by a curtain wall pierced with 12gates for the royalties and for other gifts to enter.
The castle even consisted of a steam room even at that time where our modernized world we have today didn’t exist. Another widely known feauture of the fasiledes castle is the fasiledes bath;where the timket(Ethiopian Ephiphany)in Gondar takes place.

Timket celebration at The Fasil Bath
The fasil bath

Check ot our Ethiopian holidays post for more detail about the celebration(

Hope you had a good visualization of the castle.
Habeshawi family!!
As for today we have decided to teach you 1 amharic word “Ras” what is the meaning if you ask Ras is an Amharic term for duke.

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I have recently realized that I can’t go a day without eating Injera; this is true for many Habeshas. It’s become a sort of a necessity. Injera can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with various food. Check out Enibla ( to see what injera is eaten with.

Electric and traditional(fire wood) mitad

Injera is fermented flatbread made from teff flour. Injera is baked on a mitad(Ethiopian pan).

Teff flour

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Exclusive Interview with The Co-Founder of Teen Ethiopia !!!

Hey there, habeshawi family 💛as you all know we started a new interview series on our previous blog and today we came up with another interview with Elshaday Asres a 10th grade student, the co-founder of Teen Ethiopia and creative director of Teen Ethiopia digital magazine.Teen Ethiopia is a platform where Ethiopian teenagers share their ideas empower themselves and help eachother.
Heres how it went…

First of all thankyou very much for your eligibility for this interview.

Thank you for your interest in Teen Ethiopia!

When was teen Ethiopia founded and who is the fou
Teen-Ethiopia was founded in September 2020 by 3 teenagers ArsemaDegu, ElshadayAsres and Bethel Asres. After taking part in an international entrepreneurial competitionas a team, we came up with the idea to create a platform that empowers the Ethiopian Youth. After that other teenagers with different skills and interests have joined the Teen Ethiopia team and took different positions in the team.
What is the aim of Teen Ethiopia what does your company do?
Even though we have huge plans for the future, the heart of teen Ethiopia lies in empowering teens and helping them use their full potential. One of the ways to do this is by reaching out to them through different media platforms. One of our media platforms is the Teen-Ethiopia magazine which is on its second issue now. This magazine focuses on teens and we encourage teen contributors to share their materials through the magazine. We are also working on a project that brings inspiring Ethiopian youngsters into the spotlight. There are many inspiring teenagers in Ethiopia who are involved in numerous activities. Teen Ethiopia plans to encourage and help them inspire others by sharing their experience in different fields. We also plan to collaborate with different organizations and work on projects that will benefit teenagers such as trainings, competitions and other events.
Our main aim is creating a community of active, empowered and high achieving youth. By including as much youngsters as possible in our projects, we help them enhance their skills and share their skills with each other .Furthermore, one of our tasks is connecting teenagers with range of opportunities and creating opportunities for them.As you might have observed we try to share different opportunities for teenagers on our telegram channel. That is because we believe that one way of empowerment is taking part in opportunities and learning from them. As more and more youngsters join the community, we will be able to take on more amazing projects and provide more opportunities.
what has the company been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
After we came up with the idea of starting Teen-Ethiopia, we first developed an action plan which outlined everything teen Ethiopia was about.That helped us to know our direction and assign tasks.
We then opened a telegram channel to connect with teenagers and spread the word. The first few weeks after we created the channel were focused on spreading the word and connecting with our fellow youngsters. Since then we have held an art competition between our teen members and we have released Teen-Ethiopia’s first digital magazine after a month of starting teen Ethiopia. We then released the second issue of the magazine in which our fellow members have contributed their amazing materials.
Currently the team is working on different projects regarding teenagers which will be out soon.
I have seen some challenges on your telegram channel and what is the aim of these challenges?
The challenges are our ways of connecting with our members. We have had 2 challenges on our telegram channel. which encourage our fellow members to share their ideas and work. We at Teen-Ethiopia appreciate creativity, and as you could see in the two challenges we hosted we challenged our members to share their creative works and think outside of the box. The other aim of our challenges is to make our members feel at home. When our members participate in the challenges, and connect with us , it means they are part of the Teen-Ethiopia community. We also find teenagers who work with us in our projects through these challenges. For example all four participants in the second challenge, which called for teenagers to share their art, worked with us in the first issue of the Teen-Ethiopia magazine.
5,You have told me that you and your team participated in an international enterprunal competition, what is the name of this competition?
We participated in EMGirls Enterpruerial Competition (EEC). EEC is an entrepreneurial competition for girls and it had about 480 participants from 49 countries. Our team was one of the top 20 teams out of 350+ teams who advanced to the final round of the competition. Apart from being part of the competition we got access to a series of entrepreneurship webinars and mentorship opportunities which helped us in starting up Teen-Ethiopia.
We plan to organize such compititions in the future at our platform as it will have a huge benefit for our teenagers.

As students you must have lots of school work to do so how do you manage your time to prepare the magazine and other things that you do?
I would say we are able to work effectively because of team work. Every member of the teen Ethiopia team is assigned their own task which fits with their skills and interest. This makes it easier to manage our activity and it prevents work load on one person. Personally, since I started working in Teen-Ethiopia, I have learned to manage my time effectively more than ever.
Where do you see teen Ethiopia in 5years?
In the next five years we expect Teen-Ethiopia to be the leading platform for teenagers. We will include Ethiopian youngsters with different skills and interests in our team. Teen-Ethiopian will be home to a huge community of teenagers and youth who will do good for their community in various fields. We will take part in different projects that will benefit the Ethiopian youth. In 5 years, Teen-Ethiopia will have impacted a huge number of teenagers through its various projects.
Any last thing you want to say to our readers?
The Teen-Ethiopia team would like to thank everyone who is supporting us. We would like to thank our followers in social media and the teenagers who are part of our projects. We encourage anyone who is interested in working with us to contact the team via Teen-Ethiopia’s social media plat forms and be part of the community.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me about teen ethiopia and many more!

It was my pleasure!!!

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Exclusive interview with the president of Interact Club of School of Tomorrow

  Hello Habeshawi family! This is the first in our new interview series. This week I sat down with high school senior Blen Aynekulu Desta, president of the interact club of School of Tomorrow, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  Interact club is a community service club that aims to take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. It’s Rotary International’s service club for young people aged 12 to 18.

Blen and I had a chat about what interact club has been doing during the pandemic, Blen’s interests, and how we can contribute to our community during these hard times. Keep reading to see how our conversation went!

  First of all, thank you for taking the time to do this interview! Let’s start with when and why you joined Interact club of School of Tomorrow, and what your responsibilities as president are.

  Thank you for having me! When I was in 9th grade the club invited former Interactors, Rotractors, and Rotarians to speak to motivate us to join the club. It worked because I joined in September 2017, my freshman year.  
  As president my responsibilities include identifying member’s interests and skills, assigning them to projects accordingly, maintaining club operations, overseeing projects, delegating responsibilities, and so on.

  We all know that Covid-19 has impacted the world greatly, especially people with low income. What has the club been doing during these hard times?

  Our signature project is supporting Nehemiah Autism Center, but when schools got closed so did Nehemiah. This forced the parents of the Nehemiah kids to quit their jobs and look after their children. This brought about financial hardships to the families, so with the help of our members and mother club, Rotary Club of Addis Ababa, we supported them by donating food and sanitary supplies.
  We then went on to make Covid-19 awareness videos; we made 3 in total. We also made a video called Zim alilim(I won’t stay quiet) aimed at raising awareness about the increase in rates of domestic violence and sexual assault during the pandemic. In addition, we made a video to inspire our members and other students stuck at home to use their time to develop new skills.
  After that, we took part in the green Interact challenge. This was a challenge started by two other interact clubs. The task was, according to our prime minister, Dr.Abiy Ahmed, to plant a seedling, nurture it and make a creative video and picture of it.

The Green Interact Challenge by members of the club

  Following that, we came across Yengat Brihan Charity Association, an organization that supports single mothers and families led by children, orphans. They aid about 104 households, and before Covid-19 they gave different trainings, provided tutoring for children, and many more. However, when the pandemic hit they had to go on full support mode by providing food, sanitary materials, masks, and clothes. We helped out by collecting these materials and volunteering when needed.

Interact Club donating food and sanitary materials to Yengat Birhan Charity Association

  As of right now, we are collecting clothes and shoes for Nehemiah Autism center; we are collecting masks and looking for volunteers for Yengat Brihan charity Association.

  That’s amazing, so you didn’t let the pandemic and school closure stop you from engaging in your community. How did you manage to keep in touch with your members after school closed?

  After school closed it was tough to keep in touch with every member, but through posting events on social media and sometimes calling our members directly we have managed to keep up.

  Doing all of the things you mentioned takes a lot of time and energy. What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough?

I’ve always wanted to do something like this even in my future career, so I’ve had, to some extent, self-motivation. However, when it gets particularly challenging or frustrating, I have an amazing team of board of directors and active members that give me drive.

Is there any last thing you want to tell our readers?

  I would love to encourage people to help out in their community. Helping others is like food for the soul! A time like this, with Covid-19 and other challenges, can put a strain on our mental and physical wellbeing, and helping one another can give us hope that goes a long way.

“The whole Interact, Rotract, and Rotary community is a collection of people who want to see you flourish ,and have a genuine interest in making the world a better place!”
-Blen Aynekulu Desta

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Unity Park

A beautiful representative drawing about unity park by Arsema M.Yimer

Growing up I’ve always asked why we couldn’t visit our national palace and when i passed the wall i wondered what it looks like and how big it was. Now let us talk about the unity park.

The idea of the Unity park was first introduced by Prime Minister Dr.Abiy Ahmed Ali in 2010E.C. The construction was finalized and it was opened on Meskerem29 2012E.C.

The unity park is located in the grand palace which was first built in 1878E.C and has served as a National Palace for 8leaders scince then. The construction of the park is said to have consumed 4billion Ethiopian Birr.

Now when we get back to our conversation me and my friends got a chance to visit the park through a school trip. It is literally the most amazing place i have ever been to it’s a place filled with surprises.

Unity Park drawing by Arsema M.Yimer

The park displays the 132 year history of Ethiopia.

It consists of a Banquet hall built during the reign of Emperor MenelikII. Aside from the many banquets held during the reign of Emperor Menelik P.M. DR.Abiy Ahmed also held a dinner worth of 5million Ethiopian birr in this hall. This hall is also the place where you can find the wax figure of Emperor MenelikII.

The wax figure of Emperor MenelikII

The Throne House this throne hall has an age of around 100years. The top floor was the place where the thrones were located and where Emperor Hailesilassie would welcome his guests even have a feast in the hall behind. The underground was used to store drinks but after 1967E.C. The top floor was used as the meeting hall of the DERG officials and the underground was used to imprision and kill prisoners. Now both are used as museums. The wax figure of Emperor Hailesilassie is also found on the top floor.

Emperor Hailesilassie welcoming Queen ElizabethII in the Throne hall

Emperor Menelik’s palace complex: the construction of the complex begun in 1880E.C. Aside from the many rooms Emperor Menelik’s, Empress Taitu’s and the bedrooms of other royalties are found there

The Ethiopian reigonal states pavillion built in 2011E.C it clearly shows the culture and history of the reigonal states of Ethiopia.

Traditional Garden: this garden has countless numbers of indeginious plant species and hand carved tiles.

The Black Lion reservoir where the black lion which is a genetically distinct lion Ethiopian is located. It also has an artifical cave which is 175 meters long and a cafeteria.

The Black Lion

The Animal Reserviour which has many endemic and imported wild animals and birds like zebras,giraffes,peacocks and an aquarium.

This in short is my view of the Unity park.

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Come drink coffee(Bunna)

On Sunday mornings I wake up to the feel of the sun on my face, the sound of coffee beans being roasted, and the aroma of roasted coffee and incense. Why Sunday can’t you have coffee every day? Well, Sundays are special because there is no school and most of the time no work, meaning everyone is home. We’re allowed to stay in our PJs with a blanket on( even when it’s not cold out) to feel cozy and enjoy our Ethiopian coffee whether we drink it or not.

With the busy lives, we lead it’s hard to find time to socialize with our neighbors, but our coffee ceremony makes socializing as easy as texting someone to come have coffee. It’s easy because you’re not pressured into preparing a 3-course meal or a buffet, just the coffee set up and bread, popcorn, or Kolo(seasoned roasted barley) as a snack.

Drawing by Arsema Mengistu Yimer, age 17

You might be saying “how do you expect me to invite someone over for a coffee when I don’t drink it in the first place?”. Well my friends it’s not about the coffee. Coffee is just the excuse, it’s truly about sitting together and talking about your week, politics, work, or school.

Why is coffee a big deal in Ethiopia? Coffee was found in Kaffa, southwestern Ethiopia. Hence the name Coffee. (More on future blogs)

How to make Ethiopian coffee and the details on our special coffee ceremony

Next time you feel like socializing all you have to say is “come have coffee”.

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