Hanna Godefa Appointed Unicef Goodwill Ambassador

UNICEF Ethiopia has appointed the 15 year-old Canadian-Ethiopian Hanna Godefa as goodwill Ambassador of Human Rights for her enthusiastic efforts in fund-raising for charities and such projects as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam(GERD)

Hanna signed an agreement with Shadrack Omol, officer-in-charge of UNICEF, to work as a goodwill Ambassador this morning (January 4th) at UNICEF offices. Speaking about Hanna’s appointment, Shadrack Omol said she was selected as ambassador for her exemplary role for her peers.

He said Hanna was selected because of her firm stance on human rights and for the charity works she had accomplished in helping provide children with access to education through the agency of the foundation established in her name. On the occasion, Hanna said “I have always dreamt of helping children but I never expected I will have such a chance. I have an important message to Ethiopian students and that is education is key to their success”.


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Beautiful paintings of y'abesha fidel (Ethiopian Alphabet) by Wosene Worku Kosrof.

Wosene was born in Ethiopia in 1950 where he studied Fine Arts and by the late 70’s he moved abroad. He is now living in the US. For over 25 years, he has explored the aesthetic potential of language, using the written symbols of his native Amharic as the major compositional element in his work.

Wosene’s artwork is collected and displayed in museums, businesses, and public organizations around the world:

  • National Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
  • United Nations, New York, NY
  • Rockefeller Collection, New York, NY
  • World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Völkerkunde Museum, Zürich, Switzerland
  • and more..

The Ethiopian Clowns baseball team.

Founded in Miami, Florida, in 1935 or 1936 by Hunter Campbell and bootlegger Johnny Pierce, the all-black baseball team, the Ethiopian Clowns, were among the most widely celebrated and last examples of this name sake.

In 1943, the Clowns joined the Negro league baseball, beginning a 12-year membership in the circuit before withdrawing following the 1954 season. At first, the team was relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, then in 1944 they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, playing as the Indianapolis Clowns for the rest of their existence.

The proper nouns ‘Ethiopia’ and 'Ethiopian’ were widely used to identify African Americans during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Nike released a shoe commemorating the team a few years ago. Surprisingly, there are many other retro apparel celebrating the Clowns.

Watch on abesha-ish.tumblr.com

Sad day for the Ethiopian community in Dallas, TX.

The owners of Desta Ethiopian Restaurant in Dallas were shot to death around midnight 8/15. My friend and I ate there just over a month ago during the ESFNA tournament! So senseless. RIP.

Artists for Charity, is a D.C.-based non profit organization founded by Ethiopian American artists. They are hosting their 6th annual art auction on Dec. 1st to benefit a home for HIV positive orphans in Addis Ababa. Visit their website at www.artistsforcharity.org for more info.     If you live in the DC area:   AFC’s 6th Annual Holiday Benefit & Art Auction
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM
DC Architecture Center
421 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20004
(via Tadias.com)