It is not often that one finds an artist audacious enough to immerse his artwork in a realistic portrayal of landscape and cityscape in the current Ethiopian art scene. Fitsum Tefera is all too aware of the prestige usually associated with a variety of abstractism.
Merkeb Negash, Special to Addis Standard
All previous articles on Ethiopian developmental statism on this magazine started with what the Ethiopian developmental state fails to be. It is argued that the Ethiopian state is nothing like the highly sophisticated state apparatus of the East Asian states and that it is – as a result- corrupt, soft and prone to capture. This pessimist diagnosis of the Ethiopian state is followed by highly ambitious, if not naïve, prescriptions that are neither necessary nor achievable at this level of socio-economic development.
Relations between Ethiopia and India date back to some 2000 years ago and today, according to the Ethiopian Investment Authority, India is the second largest foreign direct investor in Ethiopia. But allegations of land grab by Indian companies, vandalism by local people on an Indian