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  • South Ethiopia Tour Omo valley Tribes

    This trip to the South Omo as some kind of living Museum. Four of Africa's major linguistic groups are represented in the region, including the Omotic-speakers. All in all, depending on where one draws the lines, as many as two dozen different tribes occupy South Omo. Some numbering tens of thousands, others no more than 500, each one of them culturally unique.

    In addition, you cross the part of the Great Rift Valley which is endowed with the abundant wildlife. This is the itinerary for adventure lovers as you will drive through the off-roads and staying in bushes.

     Our vesting history south Ethiopia 11 Night/ 12 Days

    Accommodation:  Hotel and  Camping

     Day 1: Addis Ababa

    Arrive Addis Ababa at Bole International Air Port & meet with us for transfer to the hotel. Overnight hotel

     Day 2: Addis Ababa

    Today you have a full day city tour in Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, where you see the famous fossil Lucy, who was 3.2 million years old, the Ethnographic Museum, Entoto St. Mary Museum, St .Trinity Cathedral church, and Merkato market, the largest open-air market in Africa. Overnight hotel

     Day 3: Awassa

    Drive to Awassa via Butajera. On the way visit the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam, which believes carved by King Lalibela at the end of 12th C and the steles of Tiya, which carved from monolithic stones and used as Tomb for the soldiers who died between the age of 18 and 22. And also the Stele of Tiya registered on the UNESCO Album as one of the world heritage site. Overnight hotel

     Day 4: Arba Minch

    After breakfast drive to the lake Awassa to visit the colorful water birds and Fish market, where people are buying fresh fish from Fisher men; And then drive directly to the lake side town of Arba Minch. On the way visit two different village ,one is Alaba village and the second one is the Dorze people who live on the Guge Mounatin and are famous for their beehive bamboo house and weaving skill; In their society, it is a taboo for men to spin the cotton and also taboo for the women to make a traditional cloth. Overnight hotel

     Day 5: Arba Minch

    AM drive to Nechi Sar National park to visit many species of birds and mammals. Nechi Sar National Park, located in the rift valley. It is enriched with many species of birds and mammals; African orange-bellied parrots, bustards, weavers, Somber rock-chat, yellow-throated serine, Red-fronted barbet, Pygmy baits, Lesser striped swallow, and Anubis Baboon,, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dik-dik, etc. After lunch will have a boat trip on the 3rd lagest lake in Ethiopia called Chamo; which famous for big Crocodile, Hippos, and water birds. Overnight same hotel

     Day 6: Jinka

    After breakfast drive to Weyto via the town of Key Afer. On the way visit the konso village, where you see colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land, annually engraved wooden status used as grave markers and community house. In the community house called Mora, all the young boys above 12 years old expected to stay every night in it till their marriage .And then drive to Weyto for Lunch. After Lunch continue driving to the town of Jinka. En route visit the Tsemay people, who give right for girls to choose their husband before marriage. During this time, If the girl pregnant, which is not acceptable in the community. In the Tsemay society, the Brides eating together only during their honeymoon time and the rest of their life will not eat together. If the day is Thursday, there is a colourfull market at Key Afer for Tsemay and Benna people. Overnight Camping

     Day 7: Turmi

    AM drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people with their village. The mursi are well known for the large clay discs that the women wear inserted in their slit lower lips ; The Mursi women start cutting their lips between the age of 12 and 16 years and then after they cut their lips, they put small wooden plugs and change every night with the big one to stretch the lips till their lips can hold 6 inch round clay. The Mursi men wear very little, although a cotton wrap is be coming more & more common . After lunch drive to Turmi via Dimeka. If the day is Saturday or Tuesday, will have a chance to see the colorful weekly market at Dimeka. Overnight Camping

     Day 8:Turmi

    A.M drive to Korocho village to visit the karo tribe; They are famous for body decoration during the ceremony; In the old time, Men are famous for body scars; By counting of the scars, you can identify how many person he killed. Afternoon visit the Hammer village, where you see kids playing in the compound and women are decorate their hair by using red soil, water and cow butter. Hamer people have a bull Jumping ceremony; This ceremony is a transformation for young boys from young to adulthood; During the ceremony, you see the real Hamer traditional dance called Eveangadi; and also the women from the jumper’s families are being wipe by his friend’s to show their love to the Jumper. Overnight same camping

     Day 9: Turmi

    Drive to Omorate to visit the Dassench people, who live across the Omo river. And then drive back to Turmi. If the day is Monday, there is a weekly market at Turmi for the Hamer people. Overnight same camping.

     Day 10: Arba Minch

    Drive to Arba minch via Arbore. On the way will have stop at Arbore tribe, who practice circumcision before marriage for the girls. After circumcision program, she will stay two month in her Husband’s family house. Overnight hotel

     Day 11: Langano

    Drive to lake Langano(which is the only lake in Ethiopia free from water dieses) via the town of Shashemane, where Rasta people (Jamaicans who worship Emperor Haile Sellassie). On the way visit one of the Welayata people with their village. Overnight hotel

     Day 12: Addis Ababa/Departure

    Am have time to enjoy on the lake till 10:30 and then drive back to Addis. On the way visit Lake Zeway, where you see the Colorful water birds and it is the largest lake from the Northern Rift Valley Lakes. Evening after the dinner program in one of the traditional restaurant, transfer to air port for departure. End of the tour.

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  • PM Hailemariam briefs diplomats on current situations in Ethiopia

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn briefed diplomats on Thursday on current situations in Ethiopia, particularly on major progresses witnessed during the State of Emergency period and of the reforms being pursued by the government to fulfill the pledges it has made for the public.
    Given the appalling actions of the destructive forces on lives of people, hard-won investment projects and infrastructures, the Premier noted, the government was obliged to declare the State of Emergency.


    He underscored, since the first day of the authorization of the State of Emergency the country has been able to restore law and order and is now back to normalcy. The recently lifted restrictions on diplomats traveling in the country without permission clearly affirm this fact, noted the Premier. He re-affirmed that regular business can be conducted as usual.


    The Premier noted, in the first ten days of the State of Emergency, seventy percent of those who were involved in the violence had willfully given their hands to security forces and pardoned after being given the necessary training which he said would help them integrate with their communities successfully.


    Briefing on the key reform programs being carried out by the government, Hailemariam said, there are three major categories: shared and equitable economic growth, expansion of the democratic space and economic restructuring.


    Ethiopia has achieved seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations and witnessed a double digit growth. However, noted, the premier, significant number of the population, particularly the youth, has not been benefiting from the development as much as it should.


    He added, among those who were engaged in the violent activities, the youth accounted for 99 percent; and the youth aged 15 to 30 is fifty percent of the population. Hence, the government is working aggressively more than ever to provide additional job opportunities by allocating fund worth billions of Birr.
    Regarding opening up the democratic space, Hailemariam noted the government thoroughly understood the importance of enhancing civic participation, strengthening democratic institutions particularly on pertinent organs like Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman, Office of the Federal Auditor General, Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, etc. Touching upon reforming the electoral system, the Premier said, “We felt that the coming parliament should also accommodate those who are not represented.”


    Prime Minister Hailemariam also said the economy of the country is performing well even at the times the country witnessed the violence where it has observed an eight percent growth in the previous Ethiopian calendar year. Albeit El-Nino, said the premier, the country has managed to overcome its dreadful effects where the agricultural sector was only affected in a certain controllable way. He stressed, the good news is the country would have a bumper harvest where the pre-harvest estimate showed that agriculture would come to normalcy and even score higher growth: 12 percent.


    The Foreign Direct Investment is still one of the best in the continent and the government is working hard that the current situations would not hamper the flow, according to Hailemariam. He called on diplomats to encourage their nationals to continue investing in the country. Hailemariam said, the twelve industrial parks that will be built in the country are expected to create job opportunities for more than 1.2 million people. He underlined that no slowdown was witnessed regarding the ongoing mega projects in the country.

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  • Ethiopian Dagim Zinabu Becomes First Male to Receive World Trophy

    Dagim Zinabu Tekle was officially awarded the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy by the IOC President, Thomas Bach, Monday evening at a gala ceremony held at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    In 2011, the Ethiopian sports journalist founded the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme, dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams.

    Over five years, the radio programme has invited 12,580 guests, including sports leaders, coaches, professionals and sportswomen engaged in local and international women’s sports activities. This has significantly raised awareness among the public of the achievements and success of these women.

    While receiving the award in Lausanne, Tekle stressed that it is not only the role of women to fight for women’s rights. “This trophy is not only for women. It is for both men and women who work towards gender equity. I feel blessed to receive this trophy today.”

    Broadcast three times a week, the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme aims to prompt women and girls to be more active in sport, and serves to show that they can engage in sport just as much as their male counterparts. “I created this show because I realised that in Ethiopia, women have no voice, and they are not heard”, Tekle explained.

    He believes that it is particularly instrumental to show that sport can help prevent women’s abuse by creating awareness of traditional harmful practices as well as demonstrating and promoting women who have become successful through their participation in sport.

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  • Ethiopian film industry seems a far cry from the nation’s culture

    Inclination of the Ethiopian film industry seems a far cry from the nation’s culture and societal norms.

    It reflects less the real image of people’s lives. Actors’ word usage, speech accent, dressing style as well as the accentuating music are divorced from the native decorum or societal norms. According to the Ethiopian Film Makers Association Vice- President Dessalegn Hailu, most of the nation’s films are deficient in indigenous culture for the reason that they are molded by film makers who are mainly focused in the capital.

    Dessalegn also said that while the nation is rich in culture, most of the films do not reflect this reality. Even the incumbent,that has done many things, has not accorded it the required level of attention.. However, if citizens abroad, including diplomats, play due role in promoting their culture by way of buying, promoting and supporting films charged with national sentiments, the industry will thrive. Therefore, taking this in to account, the association has taken part in incorporating suggested remedial measures in the new film policy that is believed to be approved soon.

    He is of the opinion that the government should see the film industry as the other manufacturing sector. Beyond its capacity to create uneasy number of jobs and earning income to the nation, the film industry is very crucial in shaping citizen’s mind through edutainment.

    Therefore, more incentives should be offered to this sector. Facilitation like affording land and exemption of double taxation and other infrastructural development are very crucial inducements to the film industry. If these requirements are fulfilled, the industry is capable of enabling the nation to get equal or probably more returns than that of the government recognized manufacturing sectors’ income, according to Dessalegn.

    As to him, the new film policy proposal is comprised of various supportive systems that could manage problems and propel the stagnant industry in a new flow. Among the amendments, the policy proposal contains, infrastructural development including expansion of film training institutions, organizing national film council and construction of cinemas at regional level, among others. It also incorporates incentives like tax reduction,organizing annual awards,preparing billboard tables, facilitating scholarships, securing patent right and working closely with media and other public service providers to promote the nation’s film products.

    Though the problem attributable to current films being off the track of nation’s culture is lack of concept, the new policy would improve this misunderstanding by the expansion of training. And grooming producers in the perspectives of the nation’s culture will play noticeable measure in the developments of the nation distinctive cultures and languages.

    Regarding the aforementioned issues, producer Tegegn Samuel seconds Dessalegn Hailu. He said that most of the Ethiopian movies failes in portraying the real shades or life and norms of the country, for the reason that their themes and settings are confined to towns while 85 per cent of citizens are rural dwellers.

    He also criticized the accentuation sound tracks, subtitles and names that are displayed in the Amharic film logos as a strange looking for both native as well as foreign audiences. Odd as it may appear, the emblazoned logos of Amharic films have English titles and subtitles. The names of the producers are also written in English .This trend is foreign to the society and societal norms.

    Tegegn believed that if a continual training is prepared to film makers and the industry get the required recognition of stakeholders, it will pick steam through time and it will become the bolstering giant of the nation’s economy.

    The main problem in the Ethiopian film industry is lack of finance, material and expertise. Most of film producers are trained in theatrical art. However, there are notable differences between film and theater. That is why the film makers often fail to produce a movie that proves a blockbusters.

    Actress Dina Mengistu notes that today a number of business personalities are engaged in the film industry. However, eyeing at amassing profits, they negatively influence film makers to be extremely business minded and sensational. Thus, this influence is indirectly harming the sector to go astray from what the discipline dictates, freedom of art. She observed that in one way or another business personalities are supporting the sector through investing their money for film production. On the other hand, they are denying producers’ liberty. Therefore, the problem ought to be addressed through a coordinated effort of these partners.

    Though the film industry lies in the domain of art, which is an inborn , higher educational institutions are expected to expand educational accessibility that are mainly focused on how to handle film making. By the way, the incorporation of national and cultural sentiments in the nation’s movies will develop the theme and quality of films through reflecting the real image of the country and societal norms. So, the government should work on the expansion of cultural clubs and other similar institutions that could support the development of the nation’s culture, according to actress Dina.

     

    Addis Ababa Bureau of Culture and Tourism Film Competition and Evaluation Officer Habtamu Teklu said that though the film industry does not generate the expected income to the nation’s economy, its capacity is increasing through time and the payment for actors and budget to certain films is also improving gradually. To strengthen the sector the bureau has tried to facilitate various training programmes, though most of the invited experts did not attend the grooming, he added.

    He believed that the film industry is beset by a chain of various problems mainly with lack of policy, knowledge gaps of experts and tax problems. Noticing the queue at the gates of the capital cinemas, Habtamu said, if the sector gets the needed support and recognition it could play important role in shaping society and bolstering the national economy. That is why the bureau is doing its level best in facilitating long and shorts term training programmes and regulation modifications.

    Film Director Birhanu Shibru on his part said that currently most of the nation’s films have proved disappointing in showing the current status and life system of the people. He believed that even if there are various issues and historical matters as well as distinctive cultures, the nation films are foregrounding only urban life.

    He said that the interest of film makers tilts to producing films that could grab the audience’s feeling with easy and funny matters but with less or no theme. And they do not make a pre-research when they set out to produce films. The main reason to this is the influence of business personalities, who are spending money to make films looking solely its profits.

    However, he said while they are few in number there are films that paint strong reality. He mentioned films like rebuni, yegir eta, lomi shita and yenegen alweldm, among others, as the notable films produced recently and which blend both the art and life status of Ethiopians.

    He said if a film is made with a theme borrowed from citizens’ heartbeat, thoughts, claims and need with an attractive presentation, it no doubt will elbow aside many movies in its way into the hearts of film goers and producers alike. And it will be more educative than merely an entertainment. He pointed out the main problems of the nation film industry is lack of producers interest to dig deep in search of social issues, reluctance to engage in demanding tasks, deficiency of knowledge and capital. He observed that producers, unknowingly, mostly, cut out some significant illustrations from a certain movie during production. Even they miss the incorporation of names of the crew and year of production.

     

    Discussing about artists performance Birhanu underlined that the actors are highly deceived by their fame and they mostly engage in wrong doings. Moreover they at times become unruly to their directors. This is another shortcoming that is straining the growth of the industry. Therefore “We need to be more critical on ethics during the training of how to make films.”

    If stakeholders make a concerted effort on film, the sector will grow and be source of significant income to the nation’s economy. Moreover, it will help citizens to enjoy edutainment products by criticizing shortcomings and lauding strong sides of individuals, the society, government and institutions. Such products will also help citizens revert back and relive the time they spent together. As a film is the reflection of the society it records both positive and negative happenings of life.

    Therefore, the nation film industry is mainly growing with the amendment of film policy because most of the nation problems emerge out of lack of advanced systems. He believed that if the new film policy is approved, the sector will see notable changes for the reason that the policy could have various incentives including tax cuts, training programmes, promotions, and other indispensable measures.

    According to Birhanu the media also needs to play its own role by making film review, informing weekly film programmes and showing the films with legal formality. He said this means a lot to the industry because, beside boosting the number of audiences it could serve as an archive. Furthermore, the film makers could enjoy the value of their overwhelming endeavour.

    To sum up, it is believed that art is instrumental in educating people of a certain country in a way facts and incidents remains seared on the mind for long. Motivating the society to rally behind the development of their nation is done through media with various mechanisms. However, since art is a life long story telling scheme, the government should complement the sector with added support.

    On the other hand, the sector is one of the most profitable and economy bolstering manufacturing industry that could generate enormous job opportunities. Furthermore, it will boost the creation of conscious working task force that is a key in the development sphere. Therefore, all stakeholders ought actively engage in the development of the sector.

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  • Amb Taye briefs Addis Ababa based Africa Ambassadors on current Affairs

    State Minister Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie on Friday briefed Addis-based African Ambassadors on current situations in the country, particularly on the recent protests in parts of Oromia and Amhara Regional States. The series of unrecognized demonstrations in parts of Oromia and Amhara had legitimate concerns, Ambassador Taye told the diplomats. He said the legitimate concerns of the protestors were lack of good governance, slow and sluggish government response towards public concerns, and a huge number of unemployed youth. There was also a considerable gap in creating public awareness and consensus with regard to the constitutional federal arrangement and a growing demand for more improved facilities which clearly sprang from the government's unreserved effort in creating strong and demanding society whenever there is a lag in the service, Ambassador Taye said. However, these legitimate questions were taken over by anti-peace elements, he noted; the demonstrations were openly marked with violence and an act of lawlessness which amounted to loss of lives. In both cases, demonstrations were funneled through the aid of social media and other media outlets infamous for pouring extremist agenda, the State Minister added. With regard to the ongoing government efforts in responding to the situation, Ambassador Taye noted that the government is conducting series of peace and development conferences in all regions. The ambassadors on their part commended the government for preparing such briefings which had helped them clearly understand the difference between what the media propagate and the reality on the ground. Ambassador Katendea from Uganda said unemployment is a common problem in Africa but which is always subject to manipulations from anti-peace elements if African governments could not be cautious. Asked whether there was a need for a third part to investigate the situation the State Minister stressed, "The government has constitutional obligation and a home-grown mechanism to carry out an independent, impartial and thorough investigation." 

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