EHSNA Marks the 119th Victory Anniversary of the Battle of Adwa – EHSNA


EHSNA Marks the 119th Victory Anniversary of the Battle of Adwa


The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) will be marking the 119th monumental victory anniversary of the Battle of Adwa in which the Ethiopian army led by Emperor Minilik II defeated the invading Italian army on March 1, 1896.


EHSNA will celebrate the Victory of Adwa in honor and recognition of the Ethiopian masses who, under the leadership of Emperor Minilik II fought and defeated the Italian invaders who had provoked this war and came with intent to colonize Ethiopia. It will be remembered that in March 1896 Ethiopians had fought and died in unity regardless of ethnicity to keep Ethiopia a free and independent country. This was the period when colonialism, under European powers had flourished throughout Africa and Ethiopia was one of the independent countries which had never been colonized.


The victory of the Battle of Adwa has been a noteworthy factor in the history of Ethiopia. EHSNA celebrates the fact that Ethiopia, under the leadership of Emperor Minilik II totally decimated the invading Italian army in the Battle of Adwa, made her a symbol of independence and a pride for black people around the world. It is no wonder that the colors of the Ethiopia’s flag [Green, Yellow and Red] have been adopted by many African countries after they gained independence. Its influence on the concepts of racial and gender equality can’t be minimized either.


As in the past, the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) is again ready organizing an event for the fourth time to be held on Sunday March 1st, 2015 at the Civic Building, One Veteran Place in Silver Spring, MD (Heart downtown of Silver Spring) to commemorate the 119th Anniversary Battle of Adwa and its influence on the concepts of racial and gender equality.


Historians and scholars have been invited to speak about the battle and its significance as a turning point in the histories and heritages of Ethiopia, Africa, Europe and America. In addition, various entertaining programs including a showcase of Live cultural music by young Ethio-American Students Traditional Eskista (Dance) Group led by Thomas Young, an African American artist who mastered the unique art of the body movement of Ethiopian traditional dancer. In addition, a short drama and others will be included in the event to magnificence the commemoration of the 119th victory anniversary of Adwa.


EHSNA will also, at this event memorialize the historic and pioneer Etege Tayitu Hotel in Addis Ababa, which was part of Ethiopian heritage but was recently destroyed by arson. A similar memorization will be held for the legendary public library “Wemezeker” which had served many scholars since its opening in 1944. As you may already be aware, valuable and ancient historical books and other chronological manuscripts, documents and related collections of this national library were recently sold out to foreigners.


EHSNA strongly encourages all Ethiopians, Ethio-Americans and friends of Ethiopia to join us in celebrating the 119th Anniversary of the Victory of the Battle of Adwa.


For your convenience the event will be FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING. For more information please visit our main website ( or call us @ 202-596-1964.


Ethiopian Heritage Society Wraps Up 4th Fest – EHSNA

The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), held its fourth annual event successfully.
The Civic Building in Silver Spring Maryland was full to three-fourth of its capacity when the 4th Annual Heritage Festival was opened on Friday, July 25th, 2014. All sections of members of the Ethiopian community, young and old, women and men, kids and teenagers were in attendance.

Once dignitaries and invited guests took their seats, the MC opened the show with a recital of Bedilu Wakjira’s poem entitled, “What does a Country Mean” followed by the welcoming speech of the president of the Society, Mr. Abebe Hailu. The Friday event was covered with some light music, art, poetry and brief speeches from honorees as well as special guests. Captain Guta Dinka, one of the special guests, profoundly narrated the circumstances surrounding the assassination conspiracy on the life of Nelson Mandela, and how he was able to foil the assassination. Captain Guta concluded his speech by giving a short advice, “we will all ultimately die, but our deed stays behind as our legacy, and therefore, we should never jeopardize our history and the honor of our country.”

Following the Captain, young artist, Ezra Woube, showed a video depicting his art. His art consisted of Ethiopian folktales which were presented in forms of art that was recorded in real-time and resembled animation when being played for the audience. The audience loved it, laughing, and clapping whenever a nostalgic image of back home would come on the screen.

It was then the turn of, Human Rights activists, Obang Metho to deliver his keynote speech, and as usual, Obang made a moving and inspirational speech about the type of Ethiopia we should bestow upon our heirs. Democratic state delegate Tom Hucker gave a brief speech and thanked the Ethiopian community, and made future promises to engage the Ethiopian the community with facility funding and building.

On the second day, 26th, a fruitful and lively panel discussion was held at the Residence Inn at Marriot Hotel in Rosylin, Virginia where Fitawurari Mekonne Dori, Mr. Fekade Shewakena, and Mr. Obang Metho spoke and the renowned lawyer Mr. Shakespeare Feyissa facilitated the discussion.

In the afternoon session, the event was held at the scenic Georgetown University Multi-Sport Complex, in Washington D.C where adult and kids sport activities took place with some Ethiopian and reggae music. From local Ethiopian singers, Seyoum Moges was featured with the newly organized band comprising keyboardist Daniel Weldegebriel and saxophonist Felke Yenesew.

On closing day, the 27th, the outdoor activities continued as they did on Saturday, with more entertainment featured. The cultural group, Kignit, performed Ethiopian traditional dances, and following them young Ethiopian Americans, displayed stunning cultural show which included a short drama and dance which incorporated the various Ethiopian cultural. Towards the end of the night, featured entertainers such as Tigist Fantahun, Tsegaye Eshetu, and Shambel Belayneh, and they were accompanied by adorable Ethiopian kids proudly dancing next to the stage.

The annual EHSNA honorees were given their awards; Nahom Marie for his extraordinary academic achievement, Zone 9 Bloggers as an unsung heroes fighting for freedom of expression, and Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin for his contribution to the advancement of humanity and Ethiopian culture and history.

For the rest of the year, the EHSNA intends continue with the annual strategy and goals outlined at the beginning of the year. To recall the goals once more, they include establishing an Ethiopian community center, creating funding schemes, building stronger ties with Ethiopian based organizations, and building lasting sponsorships.

These three strategy outline are designed to work towards a longer goal the EHSNA has continuously reiterated. This is goal is building a permanent institution and service center at the heart of the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. This intuition would be catered to the Ethiopian community giving a variety of services of which the community is in demand of. We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us host a successful event.

Please send us your opinions and better yet become a member and help build your community. By being part of the EHSNA, you are directly building your community. The EHSNA has always had an open policy to work directly with the community, so we would like to hear from you.

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Captain Guta Dinka: The Man that Foiled Nelson Mandela’s Assassination. – EHSNA PR

The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) would like to invite you all to come and celebrate with us, Captain Guta Dinka, who will be our special guest as part of our annual heritage program. The story of Captain Guta Dinka is a remarkable story that must be told for generations. His instrumental role in saving Nelson’s Mandela’s life from assassination is a striking story that every Ethiopian should be proud of, and should be etched in Ethiopia’s history forever.

As the tyrannical apartheid government became increasingly vicious in its crackdown against dissent, the young Nelson Mandela had secretly travelled to Ethiopia for military training. During his stay in Ethiopia, two men were covertly assigned to protect him. Of these two men assigned to protect him was 35 year old Captain Guta Dinka who was selected out of 4000 police officers. Nelson Mandela was purposely made unaware of their assignment for security reasons, and during his training, the two assigned officers would keep an eye on him from afar looking for potential dangers.

Then one day, Captain Guta Dinka was approached by a couple of foreigners who attempted to bribe him into helping them assassinates Nelson Mandela. They offered $2000.00 and  gave him detailed instructions. Captain Dinka patiently listened to their proposition, and reported them to his superior officer the next day, upon which the two foreigners were immediately apprehended and deported from Ethiopia.

Captain Guta Dinka’s simple act of duty is exemplary. His actions reflect duty, integrity, and honor which has always been the ideal Ethiopian trait. At a time where these traits have been largely forgotten in out society, it is imperative that we appreciate and honor a rare gem. So come and celebrate with us and hear his personal account of how the assassination was foiled.

The EHSNA is honored to have him as our special guest at out 4th Annual Summer Festival that will be held from July 25th to the 27th. Captain Guta Dinka will be our special guest along with our guests of honors for this year. They will all present at the opening ceremony which will be held at 1 Veterans’ Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday July 25th, 2014 from 5pm, and for our two day events will be held at Georgetown University Sport Complex where there will be entertainment, food, and sports.



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Honorees of the Fourth Ethiopian Heritage Festival

Poet Laureate, Young Scholar and Journalists to be honored:

  • An Ethiopian Poet Tsegaye Gebremedhin will be honored for his Contribution to the Advancement of Humanity
  • The Zone Nine bloggers: Free press Journalist for reporting the truth, corruption, and the human rights condition in Ethiopia at great personal sacrifice and risk.
  • Nahom Marie, a 17 Years old, software and iOS app developer who will be attending MIT.


These are among those who will be primarily honored, celebrated, and remembered at the upcoming Ethiopian Heritage Fourth annual Festival to be held from Friday, July 25 to 27th 2014.


Laureate Tsegaye “Giant” and “Icon”


playwright_tsegayePoet Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin was a renaissance man. He was poet, playwright, essayist, historiographer, philologist, art director, humanist, and peace activist. Born in 1936 Ambo, Ethiopia, Tsegaye Gebremedhin’s artistic talent was noticed early on by his grade school teacher. Into adulthood, he advanced to become a prolific playwright and poet. Throughout his life time, he has published over 11 research papers, over 40 plays and poetry in Amharic, and translated more than 16 plays in Amharic and English, some being his work.


Moreover, he has also held several positions such as was General Manager of the Ethiopian National Theatre, Vice-Minister of Culture and Sports,  editor at the office of Oxford University Press, assistant professor at department of Education at Addis Ababa university from (1977-1978) and much more. His awards include the following: Emperor Haile-Selassie I International Prize for Amharic Literature in 1966, The Gold Mercury Ad Persona Award in 1982, 4 Fulbright Senior Scholar Resident Fellowship Award; Human Rights Watch Free Expression Award in New York in 1994, and Honorable Poets Laureate Golden Laurel Award. In addition, his literary contribution particularly to Ethiopia is immense and remains as an icon etched not only in Ethiopian history and identity, but to Africans as well.



Unsung Heroes- Zone9 bloggers


Zone9bloggersZone9bloggers are a group of bloggers dedicated to presenting the various pertinent social issues such as political repression and human rights activism. The six bloggers are Atnaf Berahane, Mahlet Fantahun, Natnael Feleke, Befeqadu Hailu, Zelalem Kiberet, Abel Wabela, and 3 journalists; Edom Kassaye, Tesfalem Weldeyes and Asmamaw Hailegorgis of Addis Guday magazine. After much surveillance and harassment, as of April 26th they have been charged with terrorism and imprisoned at Maeklawi prison which is notorious for torture. The ESHNA acknowledges the diligent work zone9bloggers have contributed to human rights and the idea of free expression.


Young scholar- Nahom Marie


Nahom-4Nahom Marie is a bright 17 years old high school student whose academic achievement is exemplary. Nahom’s exceptional academic began whilst in Kindergarten where he exhibited a higher understand that advanced him to several classes beyond his age.


Nahom Marie is an aspiring software and iOS app developer from San Jose, California. He has worked on different types of apps from BOOM, a music recognition app that utilizes the capabilities of the Pebble smart watch, to an in-progress tutoring app that looks to make the process of tutoring and/or finding a tutor tailored to compatibility and several preferences.


Graduating this summer, Nahom has received several awards and scholarships to various universities such as Princeton, Sanford, Harvard, MIT and many more. Besides his academic achievement, he has engaged himself in working within the Ethiopian community. He often volunteered after school to help students with their homework’s, and acting not only as their tutor but as mentor as well.



Ethiopian Heritage Festival to be an Interesting Event


Along with the ceremonial honorees, the Ethiopian Heritage Festival will offer venues for members of the Ethiopian Diaspora Community and their American neighbors to learn about and celebrate the Ethiopian experience. These include art, crafts, and jewelry exhibitions. Plenty of delicious Ethiopian cuisine, traditional music and dancing, soccer and running sports, and plenty of activities for the youngsters will keep everybody interested.


Main days of the Ethiopian Heritage Festival: Opening Friday, July 25 at Silver Spring Civic building 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and Saturday July 26 through Sunday, July 27, 2014, on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C




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Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) Summer Festival In Washington D.C.

4th-EHSNA-festival1-625x937To Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia!

Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) 2014

The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) would like to announce its 4th annual summer festival that will take place from July 25th to 27th 2014. Our festival will take place at Georgetown University (GU) in Washington DC, where we have held our past three events, and we consider GU to be our home.

Our summer event is our biggest event of the years, and besides introducing and promoting our rich culture and heritage, we feature a multifaceted activity that is geared towards and inclusive of all ages that come to our events. Our purpose has always been to create a familial event where both parents and children and everyone can participate together. In our past three events, we have made sure to particularly focus on children, and we will continue to do so.

So what do we have planned for this year’s event? On our first day, which is Friday, will be community oriented where we will have poetry, drama, discussions, and presentations. Unlike our subsequent two events, this event will be held at 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910.Washington D.C. Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) 2014

On our second day, field day, as always, we will begin our soccer and athletic events while having some entertainment congruently. Lastly, for our closing, we will award winners in the sports, scholarship programs, and honors.

4th-EHSNA-festival2-625x937In short, the purpose of the EHSNA remains as preserving our culture, celebrating our identity, strengthening our community, and connecting Ethiopians from all walks of life. Anyone is welcome to participate irrespective of their religious or political backgrounds. So please come and celebrate with us along with your friends and families. We encourage you to not only participate in our events, but register as volunteers and hopefully register and become active members of the EHSNA. As a member of the EHSNA, you will be strengthening the organization’s capacity to serve the community better.

To vendors, please apply right away as we have limited space. The early you register, the better your chances. You can simply apply online.

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Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) holds its Fourth Executive Committee Election Results & Releases its Strategy for 2014.

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EHSNA Election Results

In accordance with its Bylaw, the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) has successfully carried out its annual election. The election marks the fourth Executive Committee (EC) conducted since its inception.  The elected individuals and their respective positions are as follows: Continue reading