FOOTBALL FERVOR


FOOTBALL FERVOR

  Fans of Arbaminch Kenema, one of the contenders in the premier league, have gathered in a jubilant atmosphere around the Arat Kilo area. Ethiopia boasts a rich footballing heritage and has been a trailblazer in international competition in Africa, with its inaugural international match dating back to 1947. Despite the fervent support from a sizable fan base, the national team's performance on the pitch has often left much to be desired. In search of solace and excitement, many football enthusiasts in Ethiopia turn to the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga. These global leagues offer a captivating spectacle and serve as a source of entertainment and passion for fans across the country.


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FERTILE FANCIES

A corrugated tin fence is painted over with greenery and trees around Arat Kilo as the corridor development project snaking through the neighbourhood nears its end. The high fences have become ubiquitous across Addis Ababa, hielding locations incompatible with the city's reimagined aesthetic. Mayor Adanech Abiebe revealed two weeks ago that the ambitious project tallied up to around 33 billion Br with meticulous spending.The project, closely overseen by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), is review...


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RESTING PAINS

A road sign around the Bole area is used to hang wet mats after being knocked down during recent rennovations. While traffic accidents showed a positive trend in the first half of the year, decreasing by 532 to 23,280 incidents, here was a 54pc increase in third-party insurance claims due to property damages. The spike in the cost of spare parts for vehicles is partly to blame for the uptake of insurance claims to 689 million Br. Authorities have ramped up penalties on drivers over the past two...


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PERILOUS PROFESSIONS

A street vendor is offering mats with kaleidoscopic designs around the Gofa neighbourhood. The thousands of agile vendors scattered about the capital conduct their businesses, evading the watchful eye and whipping baton of the Code Enforcement Authority. As the Addis Abeba City Administration looks to either register and extract taxes from the network of informal businessmen or remove them from the streets, a daily cat-and-mouse spectacle unfolds in the capital. Estimates place the size of the u...


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