The late primer’s body was laid in a special tribune during the first ever state funeral ceremony in contemporary Ethiopia held at the Meskel Square today. The body was carried by a horse carriage dressed in black. It was then laid into the special tribune
Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam pledges state will be back to work ‘as of tomorrow”
As a lengthy national mourning period came to an end today thousands of Ethiopians, more than a dozen African serving and former heads of state, U.S and EU diplomats and leading business people including Bill Gates and Nigeria’s self-made billionaire Aliko Dangote, and other prominent people from around the world gathered at Meskel Square to pay their last respect to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died of a sudden infection from an unspecified illness on August 20th.
London’s prestigious Opera House to feature African contemporary art festival
The Royal Opera House of London under its director Antonio Pappano is one of the world’s leading Opera Houses. But for all its prestigious past, it was unusual for the Royal Opera House to host a contemporary arts festival which brings Africa to the focus in an attempt to celebrate the continent’s contribution to the global art and culture, until now.