U.S. Ambassador launches project to restore Aba Jiffar Palace

The U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor took part in a launch ceremony for a project under the U.S. Ambassador’s fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) aimed at restoring the Aba Jiffar Palace, one of the most important cultural heritage sites in the Oromia Region, and beyond. The U.S. government, through the AFCP, is providing $125,000 through the World Monuments ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Launch of Restoration of Aba Jiffar Palace

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the launch of Restoration of Aba Jiffar Palace Aba Jiffar Palace, Jimma November 2, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning. Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Friends Thank you all for allowing me to be here this morning. This is my first trip to Jimma, and I’m ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at “Our Ethiopia” Video Challenge Awards Ceremony

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at “Our Ethiopia” Video Challenge Awards Ceremony Ethiopian National Theatre, Addis Ababa July 23, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hello, and thank you very much for joining us this evening. And particular thanks to Her Excellency Fozia Amin, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, for being an important part ...
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American Bluegrass Music Band “Crow and the Canyon” Successfully Concludes Ethiopia Tour

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing efforts to engage Ethiopian audiences through music and create opportunities for music lovers to interact directly with American musicians, Crow and the Canyon – an American bluegrass band based in Portland, Oregon – toured Ethiopia from March 12-21, 2018. Crow and the Canyon visited Ethiopia on a four-nation ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the launch of a book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the launch of a book “Ethiopia: the living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom” U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa January 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good Evening, and welcome! Your Excellency the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Your Holiness Abune Matthias, Patriarch of Ethiopia, ...
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U.S. Embassy Highlights Support for Cultural Preservation at Book Launch – “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”

The Ambassador of the United States of America Michael A. Rayner hosted a reception for the launch of the book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom.” Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Hirut Woldemariam and His Holiness Abune Matthias attended the launch along with Ambassadors, artists, photographers, scholars and journalists. The book has 544 pages ...
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Promoting Tolerance through Video Contest- “Our Ethiopia”

The U.S. Embassy is excited to announce this year’s video competition under the theme “Our Ethiopia.”  The video challenge is part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing efforts to highlight the importance of tolerance and diversity through open and constructive communication. In a globalized world, tolerance is important for creating a society in which people feel ...
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“OurEthiopia” Video Challenge Guideline

Official Video Contest Rules “OurEthiopia” Video Challenge Contest Sponsor [1] “OurEthiopia” Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. Description of Contest Objective The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a video challenge, entitled “OurEthiopia.”  We invite all current and promising filmmakers to create a video up to 3 minutes in length that ...
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NBA Stars Bring Basketball and Life Skills to Ethiopian Youth

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), UNICEF and the Ethiopian Basketball Federation, hosted a basketball clinics and conducted outreach on leadership skills for Ethiopian youths from July 29-31, 2017 in Addis Ababa and Mekelle.  Four basketball stars participated in the clinics and also served on a panel to discuss “Sports ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors DESTINO Dance Performance to Highlight Social Inclusion

Addis Ababa, November 23, 2016:  The U.S. Embassy is the lead sponsor of the 2016 DESTINO Dance Company Annual Performance. The performance at the Alliance Ethio-Française removes prejudices and stigma related to differently-abled people as well as highlights the power of dance for social inclusion. The show featured four contemporary dance performances and involved 30 ...
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