A Good Day to Protest

I learned about the protest last minute, but I still made it a point to participate. Primarily because the Ethiopian Democratic Club of Los Angeles promoted the event, and since the protest route went down Fairfax where Little Ethiopian is located, I wanted to join. My participation in all things Ethiopian in Los Angeles spans…

Friday The 13th

Neither Coronavirus nor rain deterred me from venturing to the local Ethiopian eatery, Yordano’s, to have a healthy meal of injera, lentils, and salad. I even opted to have the trout with the veggie combo. Though my appearance hints at one of Ethiopian descent, my inability to carry a conversation in Amharic suggests otherwise. However,…

Paradocs Coffee on Fairfax

My notebook by Moleskin and Japanese Pilot Pen Go well with Taka’s coffee at his Paradocs Coffee Shop quaintly positioned on my favorite block in LA On this MLK Day I sat there reading an article about Samya Stumo Who sadly lost her life a little less than a year ago aboard Ethiopia Airlines flight…

Little Known American Black & African Rebellions

European nations including Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and Britain, were vying for power over Europe. Unsuccessful at comprising among themselves, these nations set out to divide Africa for their own avaricious ends. The result of their efforts to invade Africa was the period known as the Scramble for Africa (1881-1914). Even as early…

I, Too, Am An Abyssinian Nomad

I went to the local grocery store to pick up some items for breakfast. I bought a bottle of water and a couple of bananas. The price of the bananas hadn’t been posted so the clerk had to key in a code and run a price check. The banana code was 1009. I told the…

AFRO-CENTRICITY

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN CAPITAL NEWSPAPER — ETHIOPIA’S BUSINESS WEEKLY AFROCENTRICITY BY ADJEI GYAMFI An important feature of Pan – Africanism This essay seeks to explain why the concept of Afro-centricity has been an important feature of the Pan-African tradition. Introduction Following the abolishment of the slave trade, Africans in the diaspora were faced…

ToMoCa

If you visit Addis Ababa you must try ToMoCa coffee. We did and we were pleasantly surprised, deighted, and energized after sipping our Lattes, Caramel Macchiatos, and Blacks. Check out these photos of the first Tomoca coffeehouse in Addis. It opened in 1953.

Final Hours in Lalibela

En route to the Asheten Mariam Rock Hewn Monastery this morning, I was delightfully accosted by two sisters who demanded that I wait for them to make their way up the mountain to meet face-to-face, politely shake their hands, and take their photos because they’re just too cute. I obliged. Thereafter I made my way…

Ethiopian Beauties

On Tuesday I decided not to sleep in. This was not a problem because my night’s sleep at the Panoramic Hotel was quite invigorating. I awoke and went for a city stroll that unbeknownst to me lead to a six-hour round-trip  hike to the hilltop monastery. When my legs could take me no further I…

Ethiopia

My journey through northern Ethiopia took me to the same places Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traveled through nearly twenty years ago.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxydlMaikBY Addis Ababa The present day capital of Ethiopia is home to the resting place of the last emperor Haile Selassie, and where the bones of one of the oldest human ancestor, Lucy’s bones…

Buddha Like Me

I had always believed that Buddha was a large fat bald smiling man whose stomach Chinese people rubbed for good luck. I would see statues of this man often in Chinese restaurants. It wasn’t until 2012 that I realized this man was not Buddha, but actually a famous monk — Hotei. Back in 2012 I…