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NUMBER 2-3 -< < < < < For the EEDN community > > > > > > - November 1-8, 1992

Selam wd wegenoC! Indemn alaCu?

Here is this week's edition of Variety Column. The theme is again "Hager'hin/shin Ewek/ki". And this time we have some inputs from fellow cleo-ers. Please keep on sending your items, questions, articles that we could keep on making the column more interesting and engaging.



Issues No 2 and 3 of this column will dwell on the theme of "Know Thy Country". The format is in questions and answers form.

Number 2

"Hager'`hin Ewek", November 1, 1992.

1) Nekemte might be the provincial administrative capital, but this town in Wollega has more hustle and bustle. Among other things, it is the center for business in gold. Name the town.

2) This river feeds the largest earth dam in the country. (The dam was built in the mid 80's.)

3) Built sometime during the beginning of the century, it is perhaps the oldest hydro electric power station in Ethiopia.

4) The largest tributary of Abay wenz (The Blue Nile), it is responsible for the bulk of the almost 1 million tonnes of top soil washed away from the Ethiopian highlands annualy.(Hint-it originates from Wollega.)

5) Now, a successful singer by her own right, she started by writing lyrics to the then established artists like Muluken Melesse.

Her name,......

6) " Abay'n te'shagro Abay ale wey ?

........ku'rtu te'tawekew."

........e'sti yichin zefen cher'siwat.

(Please complete the remaining part of this verse from Gojam.)

7) " Wello ende'hon merab e'na mese-ded limadu new." ---> " Wello...? well, starvation and exodus are not new to them.", said the then governor of the Wello region, trying to explain why no action was taken when thousands of people were leaving their farms in search of food in 1973-74 drought. Who was he?

8) " Graduate ya'dere-kut ke-arategna kifl new." " I graduated from 4-th grade."

He liked pointing out his humble beginnings. Who was the man behind these words?

9) Looking down at Addis Ababa from Entoto Maryam, the church she had built years ago, she cried:

" Finally they crowned a woman! yes, a woman! And it is not me..." Who was she?

and finally..........

10) If it is not for STD, it must be to see a dermatologist why you find yourself waiting in line at this clinic in KAZAN'CHIS. (Clue--in front of ministry of agriculture in Addis Ababa.)

belu melkam edil!

Number 3

1) One fine morning, the news of the "sudden death" of this journalist reaches radio and T.V. personalities at the Ministry of Information. The next day, early in the morning, grief stricken friends gather at the "Keranyo" Cemetary to bid their farewell to this colleague of theirs. While the traditional "musho" and "wayta" were nearing climax anticipating the arrival of the body for the burial ceremony, a well-dressed figure makes his way through the gates of the cemetary. As mourners, caught offguarded by this apparition who looked and walked like the deceased, froze in terror and disbelief, this journalist bursts in laughter, evidently surprised by the success of his own prank.

His explanation for pulling such a prank which left the whole ministry building empty for the whole morning was something like:

" I just wanted to see how many people would show up for my burial ceremony!"

He later died around 1980. Who was he?


2) His last book, a novel with a setting in the town of Gore in the Illubabor region, if not a total flap was in most accounts a disappointment.

Who is the author? (hint:title of the book is "Wen'jelegnaw Dagna")

3) It is the largest mosque in the country. What is its name? Where is it located?

4) Sitting in the tropical gardens of this hotel late in the afternoon around 5 o'clock, you can enjoy the majestic view of two rift valley lakes separated by a single natural mountain. The two lakes have totally different colors. The larger lake, ABAYA, is rich in a reddish glow whereas Chamo has a crisp fresh-water look that acts like a jiant mirror that reflects the deep blue color of the sky.

What is the name of the hotel? What is the name of the river that flows to Abaya and gives it the characteristics red color.

(contributed by Tessema Astatkie.)

5) Extending upto 60 kilometers, it is an underground cave cut by a subterannean river. It is situated in one of the southern provinces and Ethiopian moslems who can't afford to make a pilgrimage to MECCA visit this place.

What is the name of this cave. What is the name of the river that cuts trough it. (contributed by Tessema Astatkie.)

6) Debre Markos might be the capital of Gojam province, but when it comes to charm and hustle and bustle this town is the winner.

What is the name of this town (maybe a city?)

7) His first advertisment/marketing job was selling cattle in a "Kidame Gebeya" somewhere in central Shoa. Since he is small in physique, he would hire a tall man every Saturday and climb over his shoulders and go around the market shouting, in search of a higher bid for his cattle.

He now owns his own advertsing agency. He was a senior elected official in a Pan-African association of Advertising Agencies in the mid-80's.

8) During the 5 years resistance war, a group of fighters led by one Fitawrari Tamrat were on a mission to sabotage this bridge on the Abay river to prevent Italian troops from crossing into Gojam from the Gondar side. They were boring the platform somewhere in the middle when it collapsed and killed all of them. The bridge was never re-built again.

What is the name of the bridge and who built it? (remeber it is not between Shoa and Gojam!)

9) Forced villagization, cooperative farming and so on might have driven away the Swedish experts and money during the Mengistu era, but in its golden time this experimental development project was a model success. Along the same lines, a similar project was started with equal success in Sidamo region.

What is the name and acronym for these successful development projects.

10) A favorite general of Emperor Yohannes and later Ras Mengasha Yohannes and born and raised in Tigray, he was the hero of the battle of Dogali near Asmara (on the way to Massawa) where more than 400 advance troops of the Italian army were killed. The Italians were trying to conquer the Hammassien highlands after strengthning their hold on the portal city of Massawa.

Who was this Famous Ethiopian general and what was his popular "horse-name"?


Belu wid wegenochie melkam samn't le hulachinim.

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Samuel Kinde