I am happy to announce the glory of Adwa will be observed on
Saturday March 9th in Los Angeles. It is going to be an entire day's
affair complete with a symposium and an accompanying exhibition
of cultural and historical artifacts in the early part of the day. A
cultural show is also planned whrein the "Nile Ensemble", from D.C.
will be featured, later on in the evening and into the night.
The event is organized by "United Young Ethiopians", a youthful
and amazingly focused collection of Ethiopians. They had help
from the various resident groups here only in an advisory capacity,
although one group, at least, has also provided significant financial
assistance. I am happy to say we have so far been spared the dog-
fights, and in all likelihood , the event will have come and gone
So fellow netters who might be passing through, or some of you
with a degree of sentimental attachment to those of us here, join
us in this proud occasion, wont you?
Happy Adwa to All!
As promised, the following is my interpretation of the Adwa
centenary in L.A. that took place this past weekend.
Adwa was remembered in a grand style here in L.A. The event was
very well organized and relatively trouble free. I was impressed by
the efficiency, seriousness and sincerity of the members of UYELA.
Even if their efforts were supplemented by the various political, and
otherwise, institutions here, UYELA's leadership was crucial and
indispensable. In fact, as Ethiopian political events go, the
centennial celebration of Adwa in L.A. was one that none before it
could match, both in scale and coordination.
The response from the Ethiopian community was impressive, as the
turnout was heavy. People filled halls and sat through long
speeches, solemn and enthusiastic throughout the event. The
symposium, ordinarily expected to attract smaller crowds, was
attended by a large number of Ethiopians. The traffic was rather
fluid, and it might be a little difficult to put forward a precise figure.
But I would guess somewhere between 500 to 700 people attended
the symposium either in part or whole. It was, of course, a two-day
affair. The cultural night turned out to be also quite a success
beyond anyone's expectations. The hall at the hotel was filled to
capacity -500- and more.
As for the speeches themselves, I did not have the opportunity to
listen to all of them. Dr. Maulana Karenga, I hear, was wonderful.
Those that I have heard, however, I found them very enlightening.
Drs. Getachew Haile and Negussie Ayele were among those that
kept me glued to my seat from beginning to end. Hopefully, most of
the papers will in the future be available for reference. Video
records of the event were also made, and that is certainly
something to look forward to.
Some who observed the ethnic make-up of the crowd were
impressed by its rich diversity although, I was more inclined to
appreciate the sheer number of it. My expectations as far as
ethnic representation were that any Ethiopian event could be
nothing but diverse. I was mildly surprised to see some woyanne
people hanging around, however, if only for a short while.
Undoubtedly, they came to check us out. Perhaps because I felt
they did not belong there at our event, their presence struck me as
the only low point of the occasion. But there were no
confrontations, the little wonbedes left as inconspicuously as they
Tesfaye Simma, and his dramatic breath-taking performance
"Abune Petros" was, without exaggeration, the highlight of the
entire Adwa event here. I considered it a privilege to have seen him
perform. The group, "The Nile Ensemble", was outstanding. They
played and danced to Tigrigna songs, and their talent somehow
made it palatable. I envy those of you residing in D.C. who can
have them at your convenience.
Members of UYELA ought to be proud!
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