Poet Laureate of Ethiopia
1936 – 2006
I knew that the English regarded themselves as civilized,
but it seemed to me that in many ways Ethiopia was a far more civilized place.
Catherine Hamlin, M.D. in The Hospital by the River : A Story Of Hope
Founder with her husband of Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
Ethiopia confounds every expectation.
You arrive expecting a vast featureless desert and instead find yourself
overwhelmed by majestic landscapes and climatic abundance.
Ethiopia is a true revelation.
It is the most welcoming, enjoyable and
uplifting country I have ever visited.
– Philip Briggs, Ethiopa
Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination.
I felt I would be visiting my own genesis,
unearthing the roots of what made me an African.
– Nelson Mandela
Over the plains of Ethiopia the sun rose …
A big, cool, empty sky flushed a little above a rim of dark mountains.
There hung the sun, like a luminous spider’s egg, or a white pearl,
just below the rim of the mountains…
I knew how far below in the swelling heat the birds were an orchestra in the
trees about the villages of mud huts;
how the long grass was straightening while dangling locks of dewdrops dwindled and dried;
how the people were moving out into the fields about the business of herding and hoeing.”
– Doris Lessing, Going Home
… Go on and up! Our souls and eyes
Shall follow thy continuous rise;
Our ears shall list thy story
From bards who from thy root shall spring,
And proudly tune their lyres to sing
Of Ethiopia’s glory.
– Paul Laurence Dunbar
1872 – 1906
Coffee is our bread.
– Ethiopian Proverb