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Menna Asrat

Menna Asrat

Deputy Editor-inChief

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ICE Cream Delight

Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00 Published in Focus

Addis Ababa has long been a friendly place for more dessert minded people. With cafes and bakeries on almost every corner catering to all kinds of tastes, sweets are a cherished part of everyday life. However, in the last few years, ice cream, an afterthought in cafes and relegates to the status of children’s treat, has started to make a comeback. With higher standards for quality, and more variety in flavour, ice cream has started to come back into the consciousness of city residents who have fond memories of it from their childhoods. New shops, dedicated solely to ice cream, have started to spread across the city, as EBR’s Menna Asrat reports.

The New Normal

Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00 Published in Society

Ethiopia's Flirtation With Hard Drugs 

Issues with drug abuse are not new to developing countries. Often affecting the poorest and youngest members of society, hard drugs are starting to become a risk to public health. In Ethiopia, hard drug use was almost unheard of until the past few years. Nowadays, it is more common to see young teenagers on the street drinking or abusing solvents out in the open. However, the ‘traditional’ drugs such as khat and alcohol are not the only substances being abused by young people anymore. Foreign drugs, such as cocaine and ketamine are becoming more widely consumed, especially amongst young people. EBR’s Menna Asrat reports

Pushing Through Times

Monday, 14 January 2019 12:59 Published in Art & Life

Efrem Seyoum Looks to the Past for Inspiration 

Efrem Seyoum is considered one of Ethiopia’s greatest living poets. His fans and critics alike look forward to the release of each of his works, with copies being snapped up from bookshops and vendors very soon after they are published. His experiments with form and content have revolutionized the poetic landscape of Ethiopia, paving the way for countless young poets to revitalize the literary scene in Addis. The 39 year old is also interested in the country’s ancient poetic and literary traditions, an interest which informs his choice of project, which includes translations from Ge’ez to Amharic, as well as short stories and plays. EBR’s Menna Asrat sat down with Efrem to find out more about his process and inspirations.