The American food chain Pizza Hut has opened two outlets in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, becoming the first major International fast food franchise to set up in the country. But will Ethiopians take to Western fast foods? The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza reports.
Ethiopia’s Oromo community has staged their thanksgiving celebrations known as Irreecha. Members of the largest tribe in Eastern Africa drawn from Ethiopia and the diaspora, attended the fete that was relatively peaceful- compared to last year’s. CGTN’s Girum Chala attended the function and filed this report.
When Tashitaa Tufaa first arrived in Minneapolis from Ethiopia in 1992, he remembers craning his head skyward in disbelief. Looking up at the tallest skyscraper he had ever seen, he began counting the stories until he couldn’t count anymore. Eventually, he found out the building had 55 floors.
It was a long way from Negele Arsi district in the Oromia region of Ethiopia where he grew up. As a child, he worked alongside his 13 siblings on the family farm.
Now he’d have to do other types of work. He thought he had a fluent command of English that would open doors in the job market.
“But I found out that I didn’t after I came to Minneapolis,” he said.
o he began as a dishwasher at the Hilton Hotel, earning $5.65 an hour. Eventually, he held as many as three jobs at once, including ones at manufacturing companies and another as a security guard.
The small paychecks of those days are long gone for Tufaa, who is now president of a successful bus company.
Each day, Metropolitan Transportation Network carries more than 15,000 children to schools, field trips and other destinations in Minneapolis and other Minnesota cities. The multimillion-dollar transportation company has more than 300 employees and recently moved to a new, larger operations center.
Challenging stereotypes about Africa: From luxurious leather to traditional tailoring: Shopping in Addis Ababa
Brands like Zaaf are part of a new breed of African business that seeks to adapt traditional styles for an international market. “People are shocked that these products are made in Ethiopia,” says founder Abai Schulze. “We are challenging stereotypes about Africa.”
Hamere Eleni Demissie is the founder of Actuel Urban Living which makes contemporary furniture in Ethiopia.
From a recently-opened shopping mall, Snap Plaza, Little Gabies sells accessories for new mums and babies.
Retail experiences such as Anbar are finding a ready consumer base in the expat community and among returning members of the diaspora who make up a fair of Ethiopia’s middle class.