The Ethiopian Garden is the first garden from an African country in the 100+ year history of the gardens. The unveiling ceremony for Phase 1 of the Ethiopian Garden took place on Saturday August 24, 2019 with Fitsum Arega, Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Ethiopian artist Yetimgeta Zerihun in attendance.
Ethiopian Garden monument covered before the unveiling
The Ethiopian Garden is the first garden from an African country in the 100+ year history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Phase 1 of the Ethiopian Garden is a large wall displaying 5,000 years of history. The Ethiopian artist Yetimgeta Zerihun designed the structure while Cleveland Ethio-American artist mosaic artist Ernesto Spinelli constructed the mural.
Work in progress on the back of the wall in the Ethiopian Cultural Garden
The Cleveland Ethiopian community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day near the future site of the Ethiopian Cultural Garden. Members of the community marched in the annual Parade of Flags and later there was coffee, food and fun as members of the Ethiopian community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.
Aklilu Demessie is from Ethiopia and he spoke at the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers event at the Ethiopian Restaurant Zoma in Cleveland Heights Ohio. He told about Eritrea splitting off from Ethiopia, how Ethiopia was never colonized, why Ethiopians are good runners, how the President Jimmy Carter administration played a role in Ethiopian and Somalian issues with Russia and more.
Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com spoke at the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers event at the Ethiopian Restaurant Zoma in Cleveland Heights Ohio. He showed that Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa and how the geography is important to the politics and history. He told of the Nile River, how Ethiopia is the originator of coffee and about the languages (Amharic and others) and religions (Orthodox Christian and Muslim) of Ethiopia.
Religious traditions, Haile Selassie and other Ethiopian history
Joseph Meissner told some interesting stories about Ethiopia - the history and religions and, of course, Emperor Haile Selassie. This was at the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurer event to the Ethiopian Restaurant Zoma in Cleveland Heights Ohio.
Ethiopian Cultural Garden on One World Day
The Ethiopian Cultural Garden and Ethiopian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.
Ethiopian Garden in Parade of Flags
Throughout the day members of the Ethiopian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Ethiopian Cultural Garden and shared Ethiopian culture.
Aklilu Demessie from Cleveland's Ethiopian community explained the Ethiopian clothing they wore to Ken Kovach of ICC-WIN at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.
Ethiopian Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event
Representatives from the Ethiopian community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Ethiopian costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.
8/21/12 Today, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights made the following statement after the announced death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
“Whenever death occurs, regardless of the impact a person has made on his or her community, city or even country, it is a time to reflect on how we can collectively pick up the pieces and move forward to bring about change for a positive future.”
“Former Prime Minister Zenawi’s rule was characterized as a great contrast. While he was responsible for ushering in an era of economic growth, promoting peace in Ethiopia and the surrounding region, and expanding health services to the citizens in the country, his tenure was often criticized by the unfair confinement of his people, oppressed media and his failure to embrace human rights and justice for all.
“As a new day rises in Ethiopia, a solid foundation for human rights and continued economic growth is possible, and as new leadership takes hold, it is my sincere hope that Ethiopia and the United States will remain allies on matters of security, but also create a partnership and champion stringent human rights standards in throughout the region.”
Young Kenyan athletes march into Don Shula Stadium
An impromptu Balafon performance at Parade the Circle in University Circle in Cleveland Ohio. The balafon is a resonated frame, wooden keyed percussion instrument from West Africa, similar to a xylophone.
Hashim El Raman plays Mbira music at a Cleveland Ohio festival in June 2009. The mbira is the national instrument of Zimbabwe and has been played by the Shona people for thousands of years. It is also called the thumb piano.
Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa
Organizations and Resources for Ethiopians in Cleveland
Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie on cover of Time Magazine
Ethiopian History and Culture
Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Ethiopians so special.
Typical Ethiopian cuisine: Injera (pancake-like bread) and several kinds of wat (stew)
Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II.
In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile Selassie (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000.
The Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission in November 2007 remotely demarcated the border by geographical coordinates, but final demarcation of the boundary on the ground is currently on hold because of Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender territory considered sensitive to Ethiopia.