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What Makes Ethiopia Special? Facts About Ethiopia

Here are facts which make our beloved country Ethiopia very special;
1st Ethiopia is one of the first countries to adopt christianity also was one of the countries Jesus Christ, His Mother The Virgin Mary and Joseph stayed during their flee to Egypt till Herod died.

2nd Ethiopia is called “the land of Origins” because many important archeological and paleontological milestones were discovered here in Ethiopia with Lucy being the most famous discovery yet to be found, believed to be the origin of human being.
Other reasons why Ethiopia is called the land of Origins for many reasons like Ethiopia is the Source of the Blue Nile, and Coffee also was discovered for the first time in Ethiopia.


4th Ethiopia has mountains over 4,500meters high.

5th Ethiopia is the birthplace of the Rastafari movement
6th Complete independence: Ethiopia is one of the two African countries that have never been colonized.
7th We have thirteen months: the 365 days are divided into twelve 30days months and one 5days month called puagume.Check outbour 13months of sunshine for more details about our thirteen months (
6th Nation of festivals: many festivals are celebrated in Ethiopia With Timket being the biggest festival.Check out our Ethiopian Holidays post(
8th Ethiopia is the diplomatic capital of Africa.

The African Union Headquarter found in Addis Ababa

9th Ethiopia has the largest population of any landlocked country in the world.

10th Ethiopia is well known for our Rock Hewen Churches Example: Lalibela
11th Ethiopia has the most UNESCO worls heritage sites on the continent.

One of the Rock Hewen churches of Lalibela BeteGiyorgis

Bonus: Over 80 languages are spoken in Ethiopia.
So this what we have for today about what makes Ethiopia special.

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Habeshawi in a year

  Today marks a year since we published our first blog, “Habeshawi what does it mean”. Since the beginning, we have learned about our rich history from our blogs about Fasiledes Castle in Gondar, Victory of Adwa, Etege Taitu Betul, HWLMA Afework Tekle, Unity Park and our GERD. We have seen our vibrant culture from our Injera, food, coffee, and traditional clothes to our unique holidays like Buhe and Meskel. We have had the chance to talk to inspiring young Ethiopians from Interact Club of School of Tomorrow, Teen Ethiopia, Rising Youth, and Dallol Plus. It has been a  pleasure learning from these bright changemakers and sharing their stories.

 In the past year, we have been growing and glowing both as a blog and young writers. Habeshawi’s articles have been read in over 50 countries across six continents. To this day seeing views from a country thousands of kilometers away and knowing that the person on the other side of the screen is learning about our beautiful country is exhilarating.

We would like to thank all the talented young artists that have worked with us. Thank you Arsema for your beautiful drawings of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, Unity Park, Ethiopian musical instruments, and best of all the Church of Saint George, rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.  Thank you, Salem for your drawings of Meskel and Walia Ibex. Thank you Mahlet for the excellent drawings of the Ethiopian Jebena and Meskel celebration. Thank you, Saron.Y, Saron.M and Yaphet for your exquisite drawings of our traditional clothes and unique eating culture.

 We would also like to acknowledge our interviewees, Blen former President of Interact Club of School of Tomorrow, Elshaday co-founder of Teen Ethiopia, Arsema and Lydia of Rising Youth, and Yonas CEO of Dallol Plus.

We are looking forward to sharing your stories and work and celebrating more milestones to come!💛🖤

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Honorable World Laureate Maitre Artist Afewerk Tekle

Born in Ankober,Northern Ethiopia in 1932 Afewerk Tekle was an Ethiopian Artist particularly known for his Christian themes,African themes and stained glass art. Growing up Afewerk Tekle had shown talent as an artist by decorating walls in his home town. In 1947 HLMA Afework was elected to travel to England to study Mining Engineering,before going he was told by Emperor Hailesilassie” You must work hard when you come back do not tell us what tall buildings you saw in Europe or what streets they had made,but make sure you return equipped with the skills and the mindset to rebuild Ethiopia.”.

At boarding school Afewerk was encouraged by his teachers and enrolled in Central School of Arts and crafts in London. Following that he went on to the Slade School of Art where he studied painting,Sculpture and Architecture.

HLMA Afewerk Te

When he came back to Ethiopia as a University Graduate he could have accepted an assigned ministerial post but instead decided to travel around Ethiopia to get more experience of the cultures of his country,which was reflected by his drawings.

In 1945 he held his first one man show in Addis Ababa at Municipality hall. From that show he earned funds to travel around the Europe where he learned how to design and construct stained glass windows.

His recognition grew more and more. In 2000 Honorable Afework Tekle was named world Laurate of Ethiopia. As time passed he prepared many shows inEritrea,Nigeria,Egypt,Congo,Kenya,Ghana,Senegal,Algeria,England,Ierland,Italy,France,Spain ,USA,Russia,Germany,Canada and many more.

Through his many years of success he has also met: Queen ElizabethII, Prince Philip, King and Queen of spain,Queen of Belgium,Shah and Queen of Persia (Iran),President Kwame Nukrumah,President Jomo Kenyatta,Primeminister Indra Ghandi, Pope Jhon Paul etc…

There is much to say about HMLA Afework Tekle,but here’s little of his many accomplishments, and works. First he lived in a 22bedroom villa Alpha that he designed himself which was also his studio as he would say “This house is for my paintings not for me.”

HMLA Afewerk Tekle’s House

He has also recieved over 82 major awards and distinction.

Of his many famous works:

The Last Judgement” found in Adigrat Catholic church
The Total Liberation Of Africa found in the UNECA
Mother Ethiopia
Meskel Flower female portrait

This was little about Honorable Mention World Laurate Maitre Artist Afewerk Tekle hope you enjoyed it.

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Interview with Teen Inventor and Software Developer

    Hello everyone this week I have with me Yonas Shibru, Founder and CEO of Dallol Plus. Yonas Shibru is a young software developer and inventor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Please introduce yourself?

My name is Yonas Shibru. I am a software developer and inventor.

when and how did you start coding/ inventing?

I started coding at age of 12 with the help of my IT teacher. From then onward I made many projects(simple websites and games). My desire for coding grew as I saw new apps being built and as I saw new problems in society then I realized that I should go to robotics school. There I took different courses on programming, Robotics, and fortunately Space science courses.

Could you tell us more about dalol plus and how it started?

On January 3, 2021, I launched a new website called Dallol Plus.

This website is designed to help students from 8 -18 years old with programming and Robotics. After completing the courses students will be given a certificate of completion.

It is accessible anywhere in the world and after completing the course they will be able to build their own game, website, and simple Application.

What initiated you to start dalol plus?

Students interested in coding spend most of their time searching for the best place to learn to code but it is hard to get and it is not free and hard to access so I founded Dallol Plus which offers free courses and it has an interactive user interface so it is easily accessible.

Do you have anyone working with you right now?

 Currently I have one person working with me. His name is Fistum and he is a software engineering student at A. A university.

 What role has your family played on dalol plus and your inventions?

 My family has helped a lot starting from providing materials and taking me to different programming schools and giving me advice.

Who is your role model /who do you look upto?

 Nikola Tesla

what is the future that you see for dalol plus?

 Well, Dallol Plus is now in the process of building a company in Addis so that everyone can come and learn.

I want Dallol Plus to be Ethiopia’s best programming institution 

Tell us about your inventions?

I work on both software development and invention 

From my software-related projects Games(Bare land, knock-knock ) and 3 more games. I have 2 apps on the Play store and three on development.

And from my inventions :soap Dispenser, X-eye(blind stick) EPG (electricity generator from water)

And a patient monitoring system.

There are unfinished inventions like autonomous bike 

 As a student how do you balance school work with your extracurricular?

 I prioritize the school stuff and when I get free time and on weekends I work on my projects.

What do you want to do in the future? Your career and what you want to contribute as a citizen of Ethiopia?

I want to work on health related inventions with the help of A.I.

Like a machine that will help paralyzed people to move their muscles with signals coming from external devices, not from the brain.

And I want to take my “X-eye” invention to even a better function, by including CV(computer vision )so that the individual will be able to identify his family’s different objects, etc.

I don’t want invention to be my career I want to be a neurosurgeon, I want to make new technologies to make science very easy.

  “Don’t wait for an opportunity to come to you, make one!” 

      Yonas Shibru

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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

How to make injera: