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The untold story of the Ethiopian king who built the incredible rock-hewn churches in Lalibela

MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR Head of Content Stacked in the heart of Lalibela, a town in northern Ethiopia previously known as Roha, are 11 spectacular medieval churches that were carved from a single volcanic rock some 900 years ago. The magnificent medieval structures have turned the mountain town into a major attraction site over the years for […]

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Italian pasta company apologises for ‘fascist’ rigatoni named after former colony Ethiopia

Italian pasta company apologises for ‘fascist’ rigatoni named after former colony Ethiopia

Nick Squires January 6, 2021 A leading Italian pasta maker has apologised for naming one of its products after Ethiopia, raking up memories of the country’s inglorious colonial past in the Horn of Africa country. The rigatoni pasta, named Abissine in Italian, appeared to be an ill-considered nod to a tradition from the 1920s and

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Lalibela: 11 churches, each sculpted out of a single block of stone 800 years ago

In the northern highlands of Ethiopia stand 11 churches that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church says were built by angels. This Christmas season brings fresh hope with vaccines rolling out and a new year dawning. It is a time of faith, and reminded us of Lalibela, a monument to rare devotion. 800 years ago, an Ethiopian king

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The Shadow King, a story about women at the forefront of war during Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935

Oct0ber 16, 2020 Nawaid Anjum Hindustan Times Maaza Mengiste talks about her Booker-nominated novel, The Shadow King, a story about women at the forefront of war during Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. Memory and history are two favourite territories of Maaza Mengiste, the Ethiopian-American novelist and essayist, whose second novel, The Shadow King has been

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Britain Won’t Return Stolen Ethiopian Treasures; Nor The Remains Of This Prince

Britain Won’t Return Stolen Ethiopian Treasures; Nor The Remains Of This Prince

Ethiopia is intensifying efforts to bring back the remains of a prince believed to have been stolen by British soldiers, who looted his father’s imperial fortress following the Battle of Maqdala in 1868. For 150 years, Ethiopians have been asking for the return of Prince Alemayehu but to no avail. He died at the age

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The tragic prince of Abyssinya in Malta

The tragic prince of Abyssinya in Malta

 August 5, 2021 Giovanni Bonello/Times and Malta A frail and melancholic seven-year-old boy was marched through the door of Malta’s leading photographer to have his portrait taken. He was the crown-prince of a defeated empire and a spoil of war, like the jewels from the State treasury or the captured artillery. Leandro Preziosi, the island’s

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The battle of Adwa: an Ethiopian victory that ran against the current of colonialism

The battle of Adwa: an Ethiopian victory that ran against the current of colonialism

February 29, 2020 On the first day of March 124 years ago, traditional warriors, farmers and pastoralists as well as women defeated a well-armed Italian army in the northern town of Adwa in Ethiopia. The outcome of this battle ensured Ethiopia’s independence, making it the only African country never to be colonised. Adwa turned Ethiopia

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Adwa Victory Seminar 2020

February 22, 2020  by Tsehafi Taezaz Join the RasTafari Community of South Africa and other associates of the Adwa Movement platform for an unforgettable celebration and film screening to mark the 124th Anniversary of the Victory of Adwa. Saturday, February 29th @ University of the Western Cape, Robert Sobukwe drive, Cape Town. On March 1, 1896,

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