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This is for my nostalgia to everything Addis Ababa is to me. I am sure this will also bring back fond memories of Addis for you.
I was born in Addis Ababa.
I grew up in the unique urban culture of the city. Addis for me is more than a city, it is a vibe, a way of living. Much of Addis Ababa we grew up in is changing – the Addis I remember from the late 70s, 80’s and 90’s is so different from the present. But Addis still has kept its charm with its quaint cafes serving up the world’s best macchiato, sprawling markets where you can find anything from peppers to gold, colorful nightlife – from azmaris to the dance clubs, amazing food and so much more. For me, it is the small town feel while still being the capital.
Do you remember taking the bus from Shiro Meda where people vehicles and animals shared the same road, getting off at Legehar to buy peanuts or sugar cane from the street vendors, walking to Ambassador to catch the latest feature back when going to the cinema was more than entertainment, it was our only window to the outside world, hoping on the Lada taxi to visit your family or zipping around town in a Beetle?
Taitu Betul: Empress of the Ethiopian Empire.
Taitu Betul (c.1851–1918), wife of Menelik (King of Shoa and later Negus Negast or King of Kings), was a formidable queen and empress of Ethiopia.
She used her exceptional intelligence to strengthen and extend her power through an adroit blend of patronage, political marriages and leadership craft. Determined to resist imperialist designs on her country, she increasingly opposed any negotiations that would result in the loss of Ethiopian territory. When diplomacy gave way to war, she rode out at the head of her own army, at her husband’s side. It was she who devised the plan which led to the Ethiopian victory at Makalle, and her presence was crucial in the Ethiopian victory at Adwa in 1896, the most significant victory of any African army during the climax of European colonialism. She founded Addis Ababa, which remains Ethiopia’s capital city today, and the final decades of her reign witnessed a period of modernization, which gradually opened Ethiopia up to trade and greater technical expertise.