Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are […]

Addis is not decaf

The one thing hard to live without is the gift that Ethiopia gave to the world: good coffee. In Addis and throughout the country you can sip freshly roasted and brewed coffee just about anywhere, any time of the day. From temporary coffee tents to old Italian espresso machines to local coffee chains and trademarks […]

Capture Addis

Capture Addis is a photo festival showcasing and celebrating Addis Ababa through photography. The first edition of this festival was organized in October 2019 by Lela Qellem Plc and hosted by the City of Addis. The photos in the exhibition were selected from a pool of over 1000 photos across three different photo competitions held […]

Vernacular Addis

If you need a break from the buzz from Addis and its high rising buildings and construction sites, go to Zoma Museum in Mekanisa. It’s a very relaxing haven of interesting vernacular and ecological architecture, a garden and a restaurant all in one package. When I visited the place there were a lot of men […]

Addis through the looking glass

In the beginning of this brand New Year 2012 of the Ethiopian calendar, I am heading for Addis. My plan is to get soaked in the city life and hang around in particular neighbourhoods such as Arat Kilo, Sarbet, Kazanchis and of course in Mercato and hilly Piassa, both my favourite urban landscapes and both […]

What is Afropolis?

You may wonder: what is Afropolis? It is my multidisciplinary art project in which I aim to communicate through image and sound some of the dynamics of living in Dakar, Nouakchott, Addis Ababa or Bamako, for starters. The idea for this sizzled in my head for the first time a long, long time ago when […]