Nations and Nationalities Day Colorfully
Tsehaye Debalkew, / December 8, 2013/
8th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Day of Ethiopia was colorfully marked at
the auditorium of the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C. today.
celebration which was attended by hundreds of Diaspora Ethiopians, Community
Representatives and families was also graced by the presence of dignitaries
from Ethiopia who attended the commemoration as guests of honor.
Birru, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia
to the US underlined the significance of the occasion which marked the
endorsement of the new Ethiopian constitution that guaranteed and protected the
rights of the various nations, nationalities and peoples by declaring and
putting into practice their equality and fair and just representation in the
political milieu, as enshrined in the noble document in contrast to past
Constitutions which remained on paper and at the the level of rhetoric.
Girma further elucidated the importance of the Nations, Nationalities Day as a
land mark, which enabled the creation of an auspicious climate for the
realization of the sovereignty and the ultimate power of the people to be
accorded due recognition for the first time in the country’s political history
which spawned for millennia on end.
the event the Special Envoy called upon the Diaspora Ethiopians to positively
engage themselves in the overall Growth and Transformation leap by lending their
cherished knowledge, expertise, networking and revenue capacities in a manner
that boosts the national drive forward and also calibrating them to be active
beneficiaries from the enterprise. .
guest of honor present during the grand festivity, Mr. Diriba Kuma, Mayor of Addis
Ababa called upon Ethiopians domiciling abroad to actively engage themselves in
buttressing the image of the nation positively and to participate in the
current nation- wide Growth and Transformation drive.
Diriba Kuma succinctly brought to the fore the heretofore negative signature
identification of our nation as a hub of misery, war and famine, is currently
being relegated to the museum of history and supplanted by a new glorious and
developed Ethiopia championing peace and stability and enlisting itself in the
ranks of mid-income nations of the globe in the not too distant future.
attendees to the event raised varied queries pertaining to the overall
construction boom and its negative impact on the supply and smooth functioning
of activities in the telecom, energy and investment, housing scheme, corruption
and nepotism. The Mayor satisfactorily explained the conditions and admitted
the concerns of the Diaspora and called upon them to be part of the solution
and contribute their share in alleviating the challenges.
diverse musical menu, posters and slogans that surfaced during the robust
occasion gave an added color and a sense of jubilation during the celebratory
function which culminated the National Anthem of Ethiopia which was accorded a
standing ovation by the constituents. Artist Chachi Tadesse, Good Will
Ambassador of the Natural Heritage of Ethiopia made good of the event to
highlight the need to preserve and protect the fauna and flora of Ethiopia and
called upon the Diaspora Ethiopians to actively engage themselves in the noble