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  • She Met Her Prince (for Real!) at a D.C. Nightclub


    Few love stories resemble a fairy tale as much as the courtship and marriage of Ariana Austin and Joel Makonnen. Of course, it helped that the groom is an actual prince and the bride has a prominent lineage of her own.

    Mr. Makonnen, known as Prince Yoel, is the 35-year-old great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. And Ms. Austin, 33, is of African-American and Guyanese descent; her maternal grandfather was a lord mayor of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

    As the couple noted on their wedding website, their union happened when “Old World aristocracy met New World charm.” The old and new combined on Sept. 9, in a marathon day of events that lasted from 11 a.m. until late in the evening, and took place within two states. 


    The festivities began with a ceremony at the Debre Genet Medhane Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Temple Hills, Md. In an incense-filled sanctuary, guests in stockinged feet watched as at least 13 priests and clergymen helped officiate the Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony between Mr. Makonnen and Ms. Austin, who just days before had converted to the religion. Hours after the ceremony, the pair celebrated with a formal reception at Foxchase Manor in Manassas, Va., with 307 guests, amid gold sequins, platters of Ethiopian food and preboxed slices of Guyanese black cake for people to take home.


    Their marriage had been more than a decade in the making. In the nearly 12 years since they first met on a dance floor at the Washington nightclub Pearl, in December 2005, Mr. Makonnen and Ms. Austin have pursued degrees, jobs and, at times, each other. Eventually, planning a wedding just became the next item on this ambitious couple’s to-do list.

    “I think we both had this feeling that this was our destiny,” Ms. Austin said. “But I felt like I had things that I had to do.”





    When the two met, Mr. Makonnen didn’t tell Ms. Austin about his royal background, and Ms. Austin, who was 21 at the time, wasn’t necessarily looking to meet her future husband. She was in the middle of a time in her life she fondly referred to as “the summer that never ended.” Mr. Makonnen, himself in bachelor mode, approached Ms. Austin and her friend Jami Ramberan, and told the two women that they looked like models for a brand of alcohol.

    “I said, ‘You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire,’ or whatever the gin was,” Mr. Makonnen recalled of the pickup line, one now infamous with Ms. Austin’s family. (At the wedding, even Ms. Ramberan, a bridesmaid, recalled the strangeness of that evening: “You don’t expect to meet the person you’re going to marry at Pearl.”)

    Mr. Makonnen quickly focused on Ms. Austin: “Not even five minutes later I said, ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend.’ ”




    His premonition proved correct.

    Ms. Austin remembered being impressed with Mr. Makonnen’s worldliness. He was born in Rome while his parents, Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen, were living in exile from Ethiopia. He grew up in Switzerland; his father died in 1989.

    “He talked about weighty things as a young man,” Ms. Austin said. “He mentioned the revolution. Things that sound heavy for someone who was 23.”

    Mr. Makonnen’s family is part of the Solomonic dynasty, whose reign ended in 1974. That year, a civil war in Ethiopia broke out after Haile Selassie, the 225th emperor of Ethiopia, was deposed by a Marxist Derg military coup. By the time of his death under mysterious circumstances in 1975, it was clear that Mr. Selassie had presided over a country divided by his legacy. He was deposed after months of political unrest directed at his administration, which was accused of being spendthrift and out of touch. The civil war lasted until a coalition of rebel groups overthrew the government in 1991.




    The emperor, though, had been a powerful proponent of African anticolonialism, a leader adept at securing foreign aid for his country and pushing education initiatives. He was forced into exile when the Italians invaded Ethiopia in 1936, but returned in 1941 after convincing the British to aid him in a fight to secure his country’s independence.

    Ms. Austin said she has marveled at the lore surrounding her new family, one whose lineage was said to reach back to the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. “It’s unbeatable heritage and history,” Ms. Austin said. “It combines sheer black power and ancient Christian tradition.”

    For ambitious couples, meeting and falling in love at a young age can quickly present the kind of timing problems that can doom a relationship. And Mr. Makonnen and Ms. Austin found themselves circling the globe without each other, though they remained in touch. After graduating from American University in 2006, Mr. Makonnen took a six-month internship in France.





    Then Ms. Austin went to Paris for a year. In 2008, Mr. Makonnen returned to France and went on to Ethiopia, where he joined his uncle in starting Alchemy World, an organization meant to provide young Ethiopians with business and educational opportunities.

    By the time Ms. Austin left to attend Harvard University in 2012 for a master’s degree in arts education, both had grown tired of the rotation. They took some time off from each other that year. But they were back together by Valentine’s Day in 2014. Mr. Makonnen, who was finishing up his law degree at Howard University, bought a princess-cut diamond ring and showed up at the home of Ms. Austin’s parents with the bauble in one hand and balloons in another.

    Perhaps a bit nervous, he knocked too loudly, leading Ms. Austin to think the house was being burglarized. She called her parents, who were returning home from a dinner party.




    “She thought somebody was trying to break in,” said Bobby Austin, Ms. Austin’s father. “And it was just the poor guy trying to propose to her.”

    Ms. Austin remembered the episode with a laugh: “He was aggressively knocking so I didn’t answer. He came back, and then I opened the door.”

    Finally, nearly a decade after they had met, both were in the same region.

    “I think I said, ‘Let’s take this journey together,’ ” Mr. Makonnen said. “When I proposed she was like, ‘It’s about time.’ ”





    They said they owed it to each other to try and set down roots, and both have settled into life in the Washington area. Mr. Makonnen works in the legal department of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, and Ms. Austin works in philanthropy at the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, a division of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

    Both have tried to use their skills to help each other. When Ms. Austin founded Art All Night, an overnight arts festival in Washington, she said, Mr. Makonnen gave her ideas for the project. And she wants to help him create a documentary about his great-grandfather. “A biopic is definitely on our agenda,” Ms. Austin said.

    Despite all of the globe-trotting, those close to the couple say there were never doubts that the two would end up together




    “In many ways it feels like this day was written,” Sushama Austin-Connor, Ms. Austin’s older sister, said during the reception. “Ever since I have seen them together they always have been connected to each other. They have a deep-rooted friendship beyond anything else.”

    Yaphet Kifle, a groomsman, said the two families had come together seamlessly. “You can tell they both value the same things: deep respect for families and their elders, and the value of marriage,” he said.

    The couple say that the merging of their families came with only minor growing pains. Ms. Austin and her family had negotiated to bring her wishes into the tradition of an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony. She had pushed for her father to walk her down the aisle, an unusual custom in this church. She was successful. Mr. Austin took his daughter’s arm as they entered the sanctuary, the train of her ivory Lazaro dress flowing behind her.





    “It was a happy melding, I think,” said Ms. Austin’s mother, Joy Austin, the executive director of HumanitiesDC, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “We, as the New World, felt that the Old World was very receptive of us, and we were of them.”

    Of the reception, Mr. Austin, the president of the Neighborhood Associates Corporation, a group focused on community engagement in Washington, said that it had been “a little bit daunting” to throw a multiday party that drew several members from one of the oldest families in the world. But he relaxed as he jokingly chided his three daughters for dancing and thanked several high-profile guests for attending.

    Mr. Makonnen’s mother, a retired United Nations international officer, was among those in attendance. Other guests included several of Mr. Makonnen’s relatives who have connections to the family dynasty; Brandon T. Todd, a council member of Washington’s Fourth Ward; Eleanor W. Traylor, a scholar of African-American literature; and J. R. Deep Ford, Guyana’s ambassador to United Nations organizations in Geneva and the Government of Switzerland. Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, could not attend but sent along her best wishes.

    “Saturdays are prime politician days,” Mr. Todd said from his seat near the reception dance floor. “I had five things I canceled to be here. When Bobby and Joy ask you to show up, you show up.”

    The reception came complete with a photo booth, a candy table and Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye and Bruno Mars hits. After the dancing died down, Mr. Makonnen and Ms. Austin, true to form, were planning to turn to the next thing on their to-do list: moving in together in Washington. On their wedding day, Ms. Austin still lived with a roommate in Washington, and Mr. Makonnen was in Alexandria, Va.

    “If the wedding didn’t take so much time,” Mr. Makonnen joked, “we would have moved out already.”


    SOURCE - NEW YORK TIMES By OCT. 13, 2017

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  • Amsale Aberra, Fashion Designer

    Amsale Aberra is a leading wedding dress designer in New York City. She did  TV ad for the Lincoln MKX sport utility vehicle. She owns a 5,000 square foot boutique on Madison Avenue which sells gowns from all of the brands within the Amsale Design Group, including Amsale, Amsale Bridesmaids, Christos and Kenneth Pool. The Kenneth Pool line is designed by Project Runway alum, Austin Scarlett, while Amsale Aberra is the Creative Director for the Amsale and Christos lines.


    In addition to the Madison Avenue boutique, Amsale’s bridal designs are found nationwide at the finest boutiques and specialty retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.




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  • Zimbabwean Pastor Receives Direct Call From God

    Zimbabwean Pastor Receives Call From God

    The pastor who surprised his congregation in Zimbabwe on Sunday, said that he has a direct line which he uses to call God, urging his members that he can place a call to God on their behalf.

    H-Metro narrated that the pastor who received this holy call during a church service said that he has a direct channel to God,

    “Actually I have His number and I can call Him when need arises,” he said during a social media video question and answer session, where he was prophesying to a member while he was on the phone.




    Zimbabwean Pastor Reveals Prophesy Through A Call

    Sayangore while addressing “God” on the phone, was prophesying to a particular lady, revealing her background.

    However, some persons who spoke to H-Metro have argued that the preacher was probably on a call with someone who fed him with information about the woman.

    “It is possible to talk to God, while would you doubt that I got a call from him? I actually have a direct line which I can call Him and get instructions on how to proceed. I got this when I was praying and I heard a voice telling me to call direct,” he responded.

    “I got instructions on the phone on what to do or say and that is what happened on Sunday. If the heavens spoke to Abraham why not us? You are of little faith and people will always have doubts while others are being delivered,” he said convincingly.

    “I know people say whatever they want, some might feel it is a publicity stunt and it is all fine. We don’t do things for publicity; what will we get from that?” he questioned.


    Source from NCISE

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  • አርቲስት ደበበ እሸቱ (ጋሽ ደቤ)


    ጋሽ ደቤ ! ተዋናይ ፣ኮሜዲያን፣ አዘጋጅ ሆኖ ለረዥም ዓመታት አገልግሏል፡፡ በመድረክ ፣ በሬዲዩ፣ በቴሌቪዥን፣ በፊልም ስራ እና በጋዜጠኝነት ሙያ ሠርቷል ። በአፍሪካ የመድረክ ሙያተኞች ማህበር በሊቀመንበርነት መርቷል ፣ በአትላንታ ጆርጂያ በበረከተው የሙያው ሥራ ኖቬምበር 24 ቀን በስሙ ተሰይሞለታል። (ጋሽ ደቤ) በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ አሁን በህይወት ካሉት አርቲስቶች ግንባር ቀደሙና አንጋፋው ነው።
    መጀመሪያ በቴያትር የታዩት በመንግስቱ ለማ በተጻፈው ያላቻ ጋብቻ ሲሆን ከዚያ በአንዳንድ እንግሊዝኛ ትርኢት (The game of chesse, 'Waiting for Godot') እንዲሁም በራዲዮም ሆነ በቴሌቪዥን ተጫወቱ።

    አርቲስት ደበበ እሸቱ (ጋሽ ደቤ) ለታሪክ የሚተላለፉ ህያው ስራዎች ሰርቷል እስቲ ጋሽ ደቤ ከሰራቸው ስራዎች ውስጥ በጥቂቱ እንያቸው፤ በሃገር ውስጥ ካለው ታዋቂነትና ለሙያው ካደረገው አስተዋጽኦ ለመጠቀስ ያህል ፡-

    በቤተኪነጥበባት ወቴአትር፡-
    ያላቻ ጋብቻ ተዋናይ
    ሮሚዎባ ዡልየት ተዋናይ
    ጠልፎ በኪሴ ተዋናይም አዘጋጂም
    ዳንዴው ጨቡዴ ››
    ዘ ጌም ኦፍ ቼዝ (በእንግሊዝኛ) ተዋናይ
    ኦቴሎ (በአንግሊዝኛ) ተዋናይም አዘጋጂም
    አዳ ኦክ አራክል (በእንግሊዝኛ)ከሎ.ጸ.ገ.መ ተዋናይ

    በቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ስላሴ(ብሔራዊ) ቴአትር፡-
    የበጋ ሌሊት ራዕይ ተዋናይ
    አንድ ዓመት ከአንድ ቀን ተዋናይ
    እናት ዓለም ጠኑ ተዋናይ
    ኪንግ ሊር ተዋናይ
    ዋናው ተቆጣጣሪ ተዋናይ
    ጠያቂ ተዋናይ አዘጋጅ
    በቀይካባ ስውር ደባ አዘጋጅ
    ተሓድሶ አዘጋጅ
    የአዘውንቶች ክበብ አዘጋጅ ተዋናይ

    በሃገር ፍቅር ቴአትር፡-
    ጠልፎ በኪሴ አዘጋጅ/ተዋናይ
    የወፍ ጎጆ ተዋናይ
    ኪንግ ሊር ተዋናይ
    የቬኒሱ ነጋዴ ተዋናይ
    ናትናኤል ጠቢቡ ተዋናይ
    ድብልቅልቅ ተርጓሚ/ ተዋናይ
    ማዕበል ተርጓሚ አዘጋጅ

    በፊልም በሃገርና በዓለም አቀፍ፡-
    ዘ ሴይለር ፍሮም ጂብራልታር
    ሻፍት ኢን አፍሪካ
    ዚ አፍሪካን ስፓይ
    ዘግሬቭ ዲገር
    ዘ ግሬት ሪቤሊየን

    እነዚህ ለምሳሌ ያህል የቀረቡ እንጂ የደበበ ስራዎች በርካቶች ናቸው፡፡ ከመድረክና ፊልም ስራዎቹ ባሻገር ተማሪዎችም አሰልጥኗል፡፡ ሎሬት ጸጋዬ ገብረመድህን በብሔራዊ ቴአትር የተዋንያን ስልጠና ማዕከል ሲያቋቁሙ ከመምሃራኖቹ መሃልና በግምባር ቀደምትነት የሚጠቀሰው መምህር ደበበ ሲሆን ለተማሪዎቹም መማርያ እንዲሆን የተረጎመው የስታንስላቭስኪ የተዋናይ ሀሁ ለበርካታዎች የሙያ ተማሪዎች የሙያቸው ፊደል መቁጠርያ ሆኖ ይገ ኛል፡፡
    በትርጉም በኩልም ደበበ ከቴአትር፡- 

    ያልታመመው በሽተኛ
    ከመጽሐፍ ደሞ
    የዳዊት ወልደጊዮርጊስን
    የደም እንባ
    የራሱን ወጥ ሥራ በተመለከተ
    የእምነቴ ፈተና
    ሊጠቀሱ የሚችሉ ናቸው 

    ደበበ ለአፍሪካ ጥበብ ያለውን አመለካከትና ግንዛቤ ከቅኝ ገዢዎች ትርጓሜ ለማውጣትና ሶስተኛው ዓለም ኋላ ቀር ሲባልም በኤኮኖሚና በቴክኒዮሎጂ እንደሆነ፤ ይህም የሆነው ነጩ የአፍሪካን የዋህነት፤ እንግዳ ተቀባይነትና ሩህሩህነት መንጠላጠያ በማድረግ ቅኝ አድርገው ህሊናውን ስለዘጉበትና ስላሰሩት መሆኑን፤በባህል በኩል ግን ጨርሶ ሊደርሱበት የማይችሉትና ሊያጠፉትም ያደረጉት ሙከራ ዋጋ ቢስ ሆኖ እንደቀረ የሚያስረዳ ጥናታዊ ጽሁፍ በማቅረብ ተቀባይነትን አግኝቶ ድል ያደረገና፤ ቀደም ሲል የጀመረውን ትግል አጠናክሮ በመቀጠል በ1985 ዓ/ም እንደ አውሮፓውያን ቆጣጠር በርሊን ላይ በተካሄደው የዩኔስኮ የባህል(አይ ቲ አይ) ኢንተርናሽናል ቴአትር ኢትዮጵያን ወክሎ በመገኘት በአፍሪካ ውስጥ የመጀመርያው ፕሮፌሽናል ቴአትር ቤት የሃገር ፍቅር ቴአትር መሆኑን በማስረጃ አስደግፎ ተቀባይነትን አገኘ፡፡ በዚሁ ዓመት የዩኔስኮ የባሕል ክፍል አይ ቲ አይ የአፍሪካ ተጠሪ ሆኖ በመመረጥ፤ በዚያው ዘመን ዝምባብዌ ላይ በሚካሄደው ቴአትር ለልማትና ዕድገት ወርክሾፕ ላይ በመሪነት እንዲገኝ በዩኔስኮ ተወክሎ በመሄድ ወርክሾፑን በአጥጋቢ ችሎታውና የአመራር ብቃቱ ከመፈጸሙም ባሻገር ለብዙ ጊዜ ተሞክሮ ሲወድቅ ሲነሳ የነበረውን የአፍሪካ የመድረክ ባለሙያዎች ማሕበርን አስተባብሮ በማቋቋም የማሕበሩም መስራች ፕሬዜዳንት ሆኖ ለ12 ዓመታት መርቷል፡፡ አሁንም መስራች ፕሬዛዳንት በመባል ይጠራል፡

    ደበበ በችሎታውና በብቃቱ በማስተባበር ችሎታው ዩኔስኮ ዓለም አቀፍ የቴአትር ኢንሳይክሎፒዲያን ለማዘጋጀት ሲወስን ደበበንም አፍሪካን በመወከል የኤዲቶርያል ቦርድ አባል አድርጎ መድቦት ሥራውን በሚገባ ተወጥቷል፡፡

    ደበበ ቴአትር ለልማትና ለእድገት በሚል የሚታወቀውን የቴአትር ዲሲፕሊን ስልጠና ለበርካታ ሃገራት ባለሙያዎች ያስተማረ ሲሆን በርካታ ወርክሾፖችም በየሃገራቱ እየተጋበዘ መርቷል፡፡ ይሀን ዘዴ ካዋቀሩትም አምስት አፍሪካዊ ባለሙያዎች አንዱ ደበበ ነው፡፡
    ወርክሾፕ የሰጠባቸው ቦታዎች፤ ታንዛኒያ፤ኡጋንዳ፤ኬንያ፤ማላዊ፤ኮንጎ ብራዛቪል፤አይቮሪ ኮስት፤ ካሜሩን፤ ናይጄርያ፤አይርላንድ፤ብራዚል፤ሰሜን አሜሪካ፤እንግሊዝ፤ ኩባ፤ በርሊን፤ካናዳ ይገኙበታል፡፡ 

    ደበበ ላለፉት ከ40 በላይ ዓመታት በቴአትር ጥበብ ውስጥ ኖሮ በ1995 በተካሄደው ሃገራዊ ፖለቲካዊ እንቅስቃሴ ውስጥ ‹‹ቀስተደመና›› የፖለቲካ ፓርቲን ተቀላቅሎ፤ በኋላም ቅንጅት ሲፈጠር የምክር ቤት አባልና የሕዝብ ግንኙነት በመሆን ከፍተኛ አስተዋጽኦ ያደረገ ቅንጅትን ለድል ያበቃ፤ የሬዲዮና የቴሌቪዥን ዝግጅቶቹ ገዢውን ፓርቲ ያንበረከኩና ቅንጅትና ያገዘፉ ነበሩ፡፡በዚህም ከሌሎች አመራሮች ጋር ለአንድ ዓመት ከአስር ወራት ለእስር ተዳርጓል፡፡ እንዲሁም በ2002 በድጋሚ ለአንድ አመት ታስሮ ተፈቷል፡፡ 

    በሱ ሙያ የተሰለፉ ‹‹አይተነው ጊዜ›› ሲሉ እሱ ግን ‹‹እኔም ድርሻ አለኝ›› በማለት ቤተሰቡን፤ ምቾቱን፤ ተድላውን፤ ሁሉ ችላ በማለት ክግል ይልቅ ለህብረተሰቡ፤ ከራሱ ይልቅ ለወገኑ በመወገን የተሰለፈ ብቸኛ የጥበብ ሰው ነው፡፡አንዳንዶች ሹመትና ገንዘብ ሲያታልላቸው፤ እሱን ያታለለው ግን ነጻነት ፍትህና ዴሞክራሲ ከሰብአዊ መበት መከበር ጋር ነው፡፡ለዚህም ነው ከማንም በላይ ሕዝባዊ የክብር ዘውድ የተደፋለት፡፡ 

    ደበበ በሃገሩ ለመሸለም ባይበቃም በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ግን ለሽልማቶች የበቃ ባለሙያ ነው፡፡ለዚሁ የሙያ አስተዋጽኦ ክፍተኛው ክብሩ በአትላንታ ጆርጂያ ኖቬምበር 24 የደበበ እሸቱ ቀን ተብሎ እንዲሰየም የከተማው ምክር ቤት ማጽደቁ ነው፡፡
    ጋሽ ደቤ ጋደኛም ሚስትም ከሆነችው ከአልማዝ ደጀኔ ጋር 4 ልጆች እና 6 የልጅ ልጆች አሉት 
    ፍቅር ሰላም እና ጤና ለጋሽ ደቤ አብዝቶ ይስጥልን!
    (የጋሽ ደቤን ስራዎች በተመለከተ ወንድወሰን አንድአርጋቸው 2001 ዓ/ም አዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርስቲ ለመመረቂያ ካዘጋጀው ሥራ እንዲሁም “የእምነቴ ፈተና “ ከሚለው የጋሽ ደቤ መጽሐፍ መግቢያ ላይ አለምፀሀይ ወዳጆ ከጻፈችው ምስክርነት የተገኘ ነው) 

    Source: Araya Getachew
    Aseged Tamene


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