post 30 Pieces of Prayer

January 26th, 2011

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 23:56

30 Pieces of Prayer
from the churchyard of St. Giyorgis Church, Bahir Dar

I saw the big grin on his face, after he’d raised himself from receiving a blessing, from the purple robed, black turbanned priest.

Two elderly priests, quietly conversing, wrapped in faded white cloth, on a wooden bench, under some trees of shade; thier prayer sticks laying beside them.

The little old nun, bent over double, who came to pray by a sapling. Then hobbled away, her prayer stick as support. Her yellow turban, radiant as her devotion.

A young man, almost motionless, sitting on a log, his head raised towards the shrine, his eyes on the face of Jesus.

A white-bearded priest, attired completely in white, spotless white, down to a pair of white trainers. His prayer stick painted white also.

6am. Everyone wrapped in white on Christmas morning. Against the church walls and on the steps. Some reading their bibles, others bowing at the shrine. Gathered together in quiet meditation. A solitary candle burns in a central window.

A youth in red top and blue jeans, wheels his bicycle into the yard, props it up against the church steps, walks up them, crosses himself three times, then goes down on his knees to pray.

The young novice takes her arm, helping the elderly, slow-stepping nun across the courtyard, to her place of peace.

A little boy assists his grandmother as she seats herself on the church steps. He is watchful and attentive like a faithful servant.

Young man in a green and yellow tracksuit top, praying against the church. Placing his hands on the pale yellow walls.

Four white-clad worshippers, raise themselves from their log of contemplation, to recieve a blessing, from a favoured priest passing by.

An old man in a cream mackintosh, places his walking stick on the ground and begins to pray, placing his bony forehead on a massive church pillar.

A very tall man, topped by a red gold and green woolen hat, goes from wall to wall, paying homage in the same way. Hands upturned, arms raised, towards the cross on top of the church.

Two barefoot nuns, sitting on the threadbare grass. One, white turbanned in light green apparel. The other, dressed in white, a dark green turban on her head. They are facing away from the little gatherings; quietly fingering their prayer beads.

A young girl, maybe two years old, in a new white dress. Following her father in worship; a little bridesmaid for Christ.

I see them congregating in the shade, the elderly priests and nuns. Talking and giving of food. Everyone with a sack that is full, empty water bottles, and a walking stick. Sharing the pilgrimage towards peace: basking in the rest of destination shrine.

The youthful novice, massages the legs of the old priest, who sits with his back against a tree.

The young man parks his bike, kisses a step of the church, then the feet of Jesus, then wheels his bike away.

The old nun, clothed and turbanned in yellow, bows to me, while I bow to her, wishing each other ”Selam”.

Buses, vans and a taxi in the churchyard. To return the pilgrims of yesterday, depositing new ones today.

A boy in red gold and green shorts, carrying a long stack of wood on his shoulders, manages to bow and cross himself, before continuing on his business.

A girl, around five years old with intricately plaited hair, leads her tiny brother, maybe two years of age, on their little adventure, throughout the churchyard. Their very own, enchanted communion with Amlak.

A youth group. The young men mainly in tee-shirts and jeans: the young women, their upper halves wrapped in white shawls, raise themselves from the benches, where they have been sitting in a shaded grove. Chanting together, they cross themselves and sit again. Then a young man, enveloped completely in white, cream sandles on his feet, leads them in song and prayer, then begins to preach a sermon.

The silver cross, swinging like an incense burner, from the neck of the elderly nun, as she bends over, to retrieve something from her bag.

Young woman in a bright green shawl, sits alone against a tree, overhung with dark green leaves. Reminding me, of the solitude of Saint Yared.

Here comes a man of some importance, radiant in red gold and green robes and a yellow turban. Attendants beside him, retinue behind. Ending this little procession, their is an old priest, tall, majestic, in a flowing black gown.

The original church of stone construction, centuries old. Ancient catalogue of prayer.

A man in a red woolen hat cleans the windows. Two women, brightly attired, sweep the steps of the church. They seem happy to perform these tasks.

Two women from the youth group. offer me bread and orange juice, then bow and return to the gathering.

The youth group stands in unison, hands upturned, arms raised, chanting a final thanks, to end their communion with Amlak.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2011.

post Beloved by One and All

January 26th, 2011

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 23:37

Beloved by One and All
By: Natty Mark Samuels


Beautiful to sit in the churchyard of St. Giyorgis Church, amongst the trees, when the sun is shining, while the youth group stand together, chanting and singing. So I begin to think of Saint Yared.

Yared of sixth century Axum, beloved by one and all; deified by common consent.

Yared, whose singing brought Emperor and commoner, rushing to listen.

When we watch the swaying and the playing of the ancient instruments, by the priests of Lalibela, that to is Yared. For it is he, through divine inspiration, who began the choreographed movements of the priests, alongside the use of the sistrum.

Yared who wrote the first church music; such as Zema – the chants that continue to enchant us. I saw a goatskin parchment of his writings, in

Ge’ez, in the Menelik and Taitu Museum, Entoto Hills, outside of Addis Ababa. This house of celebrated time, is a repository of religious and royal relics, adjacent to the former palace and also the private residence of the Imperial couple.

Everywhere he went, people were mesmerised by his music; so he would stop and teach them. Sharing his bountiful gift. Beauty and blessings for everyone.

He brought the drum, called kebero, into the music of worship. I saw early examples of these, in the monastries of Lake Tana, on Christmas Day.

Yared who ended his days as he wished – teaching, studying and praying.

When walking around the National Museum in Addis Ababa, you will see a great painting of Saint Yared, by the artist Daniel Touafe. Of beloved Yared looking to the skies, chanting and playing the sistrum.

Enthralled by the voices of the youth group, echoes of the first song by St.Yared; I take my leave, thanking them for beauty and for the bread and orange juice they gave me.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2011.

post Amharic Comic Book

January 20th, 2011

Filed under: Events — Lissan Magazine @ 21:23

Amharic Comic book Launch in London

For those of you in London …

Well known for his comic and satirical story telling Alemayehu Tefera will be launching his Comic book “Abeshania” at Flamingo Restaurant (In Amharic).


Amongst our community his artwork triggers a powerful sense of recognition and nostalgia. By merging Ethiopian colours and forms with modern art techniques, Alemayehu brings you a well thought out social commentary on Ethiopian society both at home and abroad.

The event will be kicked off with a brief introduction by Alemayehu, which will be followed by a Q&A session, poetry and short animation. The inspiring traditional singer Zewditu Yohannes accompanied by the delightful Girma Tefera Kassa will present music from Ethiopia. For the more modern ears, DJ Nice will be at hand to spin the right tunes! Do not miss this unique event.

Free entry - snacks and refreshments will be served

The event will be held on Sunday 23rd January from 3pm until 8pm
Flamingo Restaurant
31 Goldhawk Road,
London, W12 8QQ

For more information call 07861 485 748

post Winter Chase Off Party

January 15th, 2011

Filed under: Events — Lissan Magazine @ 16:34

photo & design: admassu m. k.

Lissan Magazine and Offenes Haus der Kulturen invite you to be part of this season closing event. Don’t miss it if you are somewhere near Frankfurt on Saturday February 12. 2011. We have great dance music, affordable beverages and delicious traditional food. All you need is to be there and enjoy the multicultural party atmosphere. The entrance is only 3 Euro (A symbolic fee to cover our expenses).

The Lissan Team
Offenes Haus der Kulturen

post Ethiopian Law Newsletter

January 6th, 2011

Filed under: General Issue — Lissan Magazine @ 10:37

5th Edition

Dear Customers;
Wishing you a happy new year we present you our fifth edition of Ethiopian Law Newsletter. Please enjoy it and give us your comment about it.
For further information here is the contact address of our law office.
Telephone: 00251115151290; 00251116551720
Cell Phone: 00251911623555; 00251958001090
Kind regards


Federal First Instance Courts will be opened in Every Sub Cities of Addis Ababa
Well it seems the Federal Courts in Ethiopia are making considerable improvement in the reformation of the judicial sector. According to the press releases we found from the local newspapers in Ethiopia, the Federal court will open new branches in every sub cities of Addis Ababa. According to AtoTegene Getaneh.
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Ethiopia Attracted 8 Billion Dollars Investment Attention in the Past One year
In the past six months the Ethiopian Government granted Investment Permit for eight billion dollars investment. Most of these investments are made on the sectors of farm, construction, hotel and tourism. Those investors have planned to open around 1500 projects in the country…
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Acquiring and Registering Property in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, Acquiring and registering property isn’t an easy task. It costs lots of money and effort. One should also be careful of lots of cons and swindles by many parties in the process. Once the property to be acquired is found here are the lists of procedures to be followed to legalize the property.

1st The first procedure is Verifying the Status of the Property at the Registry. The purchaser should verify at the Registry whether the property is affected by any encumbrances. Currently the registry in Ethiopia is computerized and located in 10 different sub cities. Therefore two days time is enough for the verification. Then the location and surface area of the property must be checked at the Master plan Bureau. It requires one additional day.

2nd The second step will be Checking the Evaluation of the Sale Price by the Sub City. The parties will bring the sale agreement to the Sub-city. The Sub-City official will check that the price included in the sale agreement corresponds to the Master list of Price. Each Sub-City has a fee Schedule depending on the location of the building.
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Trading Across Borders Ethiopian Boarders
If you are intending to engage in trading activity that it involves trading across Ethiopian boarders, you should know about the following list of import and export procedures and the required documents.

This is list the procedures necessary to import and exports a standardized cargo of goods in Ethiopia. The documents required to export and import the goods are also shown.

Procedures for Export
1. The first procedure is Documents Preparation and it takes about 25 days.
2. The second step is Custom Clearance and Technical Control. This needs 10 days to complete.
3. Then Ports and Terminal Handling follows which takes 5 days and costs.
4. After this Inland Transportation and Handing will take place.
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Period of Limitation in Civil Cases According To Ethiopian Law
Do you want to know about the common period of limitations found in the Ethiopian legal system? Below you will find them.

For those who don’t know period of limitation, here is the definition of Period of limitation. It means when a person who can be a plaintiff or a defendant has a time limit for raising or presenting a question. Below you will find list of period of Limitations listed under the Ethiopian civil code.

1. In contract law
According to Article 1845 of the civil code any person who wants the performance of a contract or has incurred loss due to the non-performance of a contract shall exercise his right to ask within ten years.

2. Non-contractual obligations
According to Article 2143 of the civil code cases of non-contractual obligations have two years period of limitation. However, if the case leads to a criminal liability and if the crime has a period of limitation more than two years, the time fixed for asking compensation shall be substituted by the period of limitation of.
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The Jurisdictions of the Addis Ababa City Courts
The jurisdiction of the Addis Ababa City courts is mentioned in the EFDRE Proclamation No. 311/2003. According to Article 41 of The Addis Ababa City Government Revised Charter these courts will have the following jurisdiction over civil and criminal and petty offense.

On Civil Matters
In Civil Jurisdiction the Addis Ababa City Courts will have power in such cases as;
1. Suits of possessory right, issuance of permit or land use relating to the enforcement of the city master plan;
2. Suits arising in connection with the regulatory powers and functions of the executive and municipal service bodies of the city government.
3. Suits arising from fiscal matters set out under4 Art 52 ( i.e. the City Government will have power over assessing and collecting income taxes, set and collect land use fees, levy taxes on income from agricultural activities in the city, etc)
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source: Fikadu Asfau Law Office

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