• Tiku Mtivavi

African Night Life - discussing Ethiopia

Image from http://ethemb.se/ethiopia-celebrates-the-8th-national-flag-day/

Country discussed: Ethiopia

Location: African Palace

(977 Bloor St W · Toronto, ON)

Food shared: Samosa, vegetarian platter, meat & vegetarian platter +with injera, salad and cold water.

Atmosphere: Boutique restaurant with an African flair.

Food quality & taste: +++++ (5 stars)

Service: +++++ (5 stars)

Neighboring countries: Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Kenya.

Capital city - Addis Ababa (largest city.)

Official language - Amharic

Official currency - Birr (ETB)

Interesting facts about Ethiopia:

  1. In earlier times, Ethiopia was known as Abyssinia.

  2. First founded in 980BC, Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country.

  3. Ethiopia is considered "never colonized" by some scholars, despite Italy's occupation from 1936–1941 because that did not result in a lasting colonial administration. What Does Colonization Mean? The process of colonization is basically the discovery, conquest, and settlement of one political body over another.

  4. New year: Ethiopians celebrate their new year on September 11. They call it Enkutatash. *It is the only country in the world to have 13 months in a year. Interesting or weird?

  5. The oldest fossil skeleton of a human was found in Ethiopia. It is over three million years old.

  6. In Ethiopia, it is considered impolite to refuse a cup of coffee.

  7. Coffee was accidentally discovered in Ethiopia when a goat herder found his flock running restlessly after eating the coffee plant. Ethiopia is the originator of espresso! The word espresso itself is was acquired from the southern Ethiopian province of Kaffa.

Word/Phrase of the day: in Amararic

Salem - hello

“Ibalalew” - My name is….


  1. https://thefactfile.org/ethiopia-facts/

  2. https://factsking.com/countries/eritrea/

  3. Slide show pictures from https://pixabay.com (Ethiopia

  4. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13349398

  5. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/who-is-lucy-the-australopithecus-afarensis-google-doodle-discovery-a6745696.html

  6. https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-01-30/if-you-have-meeting-ethiopia-you-better-double-check-time

  7. https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/10-surprising-facts-ethiopia/

  8. https://www.atlasandboots.com/interesting-facts-about-ethiopia/

  9. https://www.factretriever.com/ethiopia-facts

  10. https://thefactfile.org/ethiopia-facts/2/

  11. https://www.seattleglobalist.com/2015/10/06/5-amharic-words-i-wish-we-had-in-english-ethiopia-language/42031

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