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Opening up Africa for the youth

Ethiopia and Nigeria have made some interesting announcement this week that makes it feel that the as though the continent is just getting a little closer to being as open to others as it is to its own population.

Digiplomacy … it’s a thing!

Over the past few years, it seems like world politics has been playing on Twitter. You would hear journalists quoting Tweets, Facebook posts and using Instagram pictures as official news sources. We have certainly entered the age of digital diplomacy, or as the cool kids call it “digiplomacy”.

Changing tides and ties

There are a few protests happening on the continent, movements that I feel are representative of where we are in our institutional development and independence.

Pet food, anyone?

I have been staying with childhood friends this past week where we have been catching up on good old times.

Legal evolution…

The changing face of the legal business is something that has me thinking quite a bit. Regardless of which countries you go to, law is becoming so complex that even lawyers struggle to understand it.

Stifled but hopeful…

I feel stifled and it has been growing worse over the past few years. I have always been known for having opinions and something to say or questions to ask about everything. It only is logical that I have an “opinion” column and happen to be quite active online. But times are a changing. Let me explain…

Shaping minds through content

I have been thinking a lot about the different entertainment programs that we have on television these days. First of all, let us admit that watching television is not the same experience in Ethiopia today as it was when I was growing up. To start off, there was only 1 channel and it did not start until 5 PM. This is a long way from where we are today with Arabsat and many Ethiopian channels.

Going “main stream”?

I keep coming across articles about how certain trends are becoming part of the “mainstream” and I constantly struggle to understand what that really means.