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Paying for giant Nile dam itself, Ethiopia thwarts Egypt but takes risks

Published: Apr 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics

(Reuters) - Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub.

By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. The electricity it will generate - enough to power a giant rich-world city like New York - can be exported across a power-hungry region.

But the decision to fund the huge project itself also carries the risk of stifling private sector investment and restricting economic growth, and may jeopardize Ethiopia's dream of becoming a middle income country by 2025.

The dam is now a quarter built and Ethiopia says it will start producing its first 750 megawatts of electricity by the end of this year. In the sandy floor of the Guba valley, near the Sudanese border, engineers are laying compacted concrete to the foundations of the barrage that will tower 145 meters high and whose turbines will throw out 6,000 megawatts - more than any other hydropower project in Africa.

So far, Ethiopia has paid 27 billion birr ($1.5 billion) out of a total projected cost of 77 billion birr for the dam, which will create a lake 246 km (153 miles) long.

Saladin Said signs for Al Ahly

Published: Apr 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Saladin Said signs for Al Ahly

Ethiopia and Wadi Degla international player Saladin Said signs for Cairo giants Al Ahly on a three-year deal.

After being linked with both poles of Cairo’s biggest clubs, Ethiopian striker Saladin has decided to sign for the Red Devils.

The 25-year-old, who has scored seven goals in the Egyptian Premier League this season, is set to join Al Ahly on a Bosman transfer after his contract with Degla expires at the end of the season.

It is worth mentioning that Abdelrahman Magdy [Saladin's agent] told two weeks ago that the Ethiopian had offers from abroad, in addition to the offers from Al Ahly and Zamalek.


Car Accident on a Taxi Killed Two

Published: Apr 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Crime
Car accident on a Taxi kills two people in Addis Abeba

A Taxi traveling from an area called Rewanda to Desalegn Hotel Road crashed on a house, The Driver was killed at the scene.

More to come....

Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam: ending the logic of might over the Nile Basin

Published: Apr 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam: ending the logic of might over the Nile Basin
By Mansour Al Hadi (Ph.D.)

Fierce resistance to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project has an unprecedented and strong presence in the major circles of Egyptian media, academia and polity based upon the water policy of ‘I win if you lose.’ Recent unsubstantiated hypothetical calculations made by Egyptian officials and opinion makers have suffered from scientific and logical imprecision.

In an interview with Tahrir satellite channel, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on Friday March 7, 2014 reminded Ethiopia that his country would take “a decisive response” on the construction of the GERD if future negotiations failed. He also underscored that “Addis Ababa should bear the consequences of that crisis.” This entails that there are people who would like to ride the boats of the passing ages within the helm of myth, Pax Britannica, Cold War, Pax Americana and unilateral water security cards.

Swaying between cooperation and contention, Egypt’s persistence on a choiceless singular water policy to make the Nile River prey to its exclusive utilization, use and development becomes customary. This deep-rooted unquenchable thirst for ‘water imperialism’ and the securitization policy of the River were implanted by Muhammed Ali, the first ruler of present day Egypt.

I am black. I am Ethiopian. I am American, Author Haimy Assefa

Published: Apr 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Editor's note: Haimy Assefa is a CNN news assistant in New York City covering breaking news in the Northeast region. She has a background in international affairs and multimedia storytelling.

(CNN) -- I was born in Ethiopia, raised in Oklahoma and Colorado, and ended up in Brooklyn, New York.

Coming to America from Ethiopia, a place where black and white were only colors that had little to do with race, I had to learn English, and also the language of identity.

In America, I was black.

So when some online commenters questioned whether Boston Marathon winner and Eritrean-American Meb Keflezighi is truly "American," it reminded me of my own experience as an immigrant who became a naturalized American citizen and embraced a new identity.

My parents, two brothers and I had an incredible life in Ethiopia.

We always had the newest toys and clothes from my father's frequent work-related trips abroad.

There were lots of friends and just as much family. Life was very communal, much like our style of eating.

Of course, Ethiopia was not perfect, but it was all that I knew.

My well-traveled parents wanted to grant my brothers and I the opportunities that America offered.

Movies shaped my brothers' and my perception of America. As far as I was concerned, everyone lived in massive homes, owned multiple cars and was generally happier.

Aster Aweke and Teddy Afro, 20 top nominees for Kora Awards

Published: Apr 22, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopian Artists Teddy Afro and Aster Aweke in the list of the 20 top nominees for this year's Kora Awards.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on 2nd December in Ivory Coast. Teddy Afro Manager is not aware of the Choice and declined to comment.

This year's event offered fans across Africa the chance to vote for their favourite artistes as the final countdown for the Kora Awards 2014 begins.

Teddy Afro and Aster Aweke  placed in the same category with Diamond from Tanzania,  and Wahu Kagwi of Kenya.

Through their Facebook page, Kora Awards gives fans a chance to select their best artistes from Eastern, Central, Western, Southern and Northern Africa before coming up with a complete list of the top artistes.

The other nominees include Omawumi [Nigeria] Mafikizolo and Zahara [South Africa] Sarkodie [Ghana], Koffi Olomide and Fally Ipupa (DR Congo), Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Viviane Chidid (Senegal), Cheb Khaled (Algeria), and DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast) and four other African music artistes made the Top 20 list.

The Kora Awards are music awards given annually for musical achievement in sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1994 by Ernest Adjovi, the awards are named after the Kora, an important West African plucked chordophone.

American recording artiste, Chris Brown is expected to be the guest artiste at the December awards gala.

Go to and let's VOTE for our Ethiopian Artists to win.

Staff Writer

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