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
The coffee ceremony is integral to Ethiopian culture.
Its cultural and social importance can’t be overestimated.
It is believed that blessings will be bestowed on those who
practice this ritual.
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