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Illicit pleasures in Ethiopia
An increasingly comfortable urban middle class is learning to enjoy itself
Mar 23rd 2013 | ADDIS ABABA |From the print edition
THE brightly lit bars lining alleys off Bole Road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, come to life around midnight. Folk melodies mix with electronic beats. Customers wiggle posteriors and rotate shoulders in fast dance-bursts derived from traditional music. Some disappear with hand-holding waitresses through a narrow door to a “kissing room”, only to return a quarter of an hour later more exuberant than ever. And it’s only Monday.
Illicit joys are proliferating in Ethiopia, even if its prim statist government sees pleasure as an enemy of development. Nightclubs are hazy with marijuana smoke. Qat, the leaf of a mildly narcotic plant, is ubiquitous; drivers talk of “taking a short qat” when stopping their cars to stock up. Two years ago non-medical massage parlours were confined to hotels frequented by foreign businessmen. Now Addis may have about 200 such establishments. Gratification costs the equivalent of three packs of Western-brand cigarettes.
Woyane the Leboch Sefern Ena Duruyewoch Magnet.
Hyena Abay Woldu the Ze Mi’egema Tigray president said Woyane leaderships should be replaced by younger once but what the Axum did was they removed Arkebe Equbay a younger man replaced by his dad “ABAY TSEHAYE” and Abay Woldu kept Tewedros Hagos an old man but Tewedros Hagos let shine his shoe by the Axum and Adwa people.
Illiterate Meigema Abay Woldu wife was central committee now she is executive committee. The most shameless corrupt looter leadership ever in Ethiopia history.
The other amazing about Amhara cry is they talk so much about Woyane Ethiopians but they are so blind eyes and deaf ears to the man who is ruling Amhara state for 20 years is pure Eritrean Ye Wofcho Bet Zebegna, how come the Amhara people do not kick him out from Bahredar just for the sake of Amhara ethnic pride no matter how the man character or his deed good or bad to the Amhara people he is???
The price of Beer raised to 11 birr but there is still high demand for Beer in Ethiopia and big brewery companies are coming.According to ECON 101 when price of non basic item increased demand decline unless people income increased.This situation alone indicate middle income group extended in our country.
Mechachase newe …
adu genete …
medaleke newe …
yazie engdihe … ye city lij!
Ewentengawe Ethiopiwiew sideste Wynie wendmine TEDDY [visitor] brede yenechewale parking lot sirwarwarte
Pointless article but what AGW/Mengedi is saying is even more so. Who cares about your woyane leaders? The Amhara will get rid of the wofcho bet zbegna when Ethiopians rise up as one people and eliminate Tplf. Tell that idiot Tigrai leader there will no longer be only Tigre in power.. I guarantee it anchi banda yedejach webe sefer lij.
The comfort you are talking about sounds like more of coping out and the middle class you are referring to… well not so middle class. One should only look at the people on the picture you posted and your statement “marijuana smoke, Qat, the leaf of a mildly narcotic plant, is ubiquitous”
Or is it may be the middle class that you are talking about the diaspora that is coming to party every December? lolll
Or could it be the hard working non-woyana locals that are getting over taxed, nickel and dimed, and their land, property, and wealth systematically transferred to the corrupt few till the joy is taken out of them? Your picture actually fits that!
Shall we not instead talk about the sky rocketing living standard that only a few can truly afford? and tourists like yourself?
Or may be the education system designed systematically to deprave students proper education and 10th grade graduation papers? rather than the bogus claim “official efforts to boost education”
Shall we go outside of the city and witness what goes no there, do they party too?
Is Gambela villagization the type of growth woyanes gloat about that you may in fact be talking about and we are misreading everything? Are they now middle class too? Well they should be by now had the money went directly to them from the land grab deals.
Every which way woyannes, TPLFs, and this government and the ineffective prime minister and the dead ethnic baiting so call leader remain to be the most destructive force in the history of Ethiopia.
This article like many others proves the meth from reality in Ethiopia today. Many destitute and taking wrong steps and a government solely intent on only staying in power.
Let’s take some of the folks who post nonsense comments on this site and to “Checinia” and maybe they will be refreshed and post something meaningful next time.
This is an issue most ignore but Qat abuse rate is appalling. The youth is is addicted to Qat, only spending half a day working and they are choosing mediocre life where they earn and spend their money irresponsibly with no vision at all in a country where so much is expected of them. VERY SAD!!
Ashashe gedawo and Asiresh Michiw on a Monday night. What the weekend will look like is anyone’s guess. This reminded me of a quote by famous traveler to Ethiopia during the Menilik Reign. Ethiopians are shrewd like Brits, are religious like the Spanish and love to party like the Russians.
The article didn’t mention the numerous expats working in various ngos and the diplomatic core which are fueling some of this excess. A diplomat was quoted as saying that the majority of conferences about Africa are being held in Ethiopia due to the mild weather, low crime and the superb night life.
Hey Extraidiot ,the Guys dancing on the picture are your own Thuggy bros and Gikgel Bandas Fool Diasporas .Most of them Parkung Lots and Taxi Drivers .Spending the Dollars and Euros on bars and Prostitutes .Sheating to their families and local Peoples as if they are Businesmen or Scholars in the country from where they are living …LOL !!! You are certainly one of them ,by the way you are surely the guy who invited a cute young Addis Lady ,telling her that you own a Business in DC ,and the next day of her arrival she left you alone by finding out who really you are ,
a Little Ethiopia Bozene ,Kewlala Medede ,not even Taxidriver or a Parking Lot ,but in fact a simple Beggar surviving on Welfare…LOL !!!!!
አይ አገራችን እንደዚህ የ አንጎል አደንዛዥ እጽ ተጠቃሚዎች ይብዙብሽ!!
ምን ይደረግ ስራ አይገኝ
ኑሮ ተወዶ ረሃብ ከሚጠብሰው ህዝባችን ወይ አስተዋዩ በ ደረቅ ቡና አንጀቱን ይጠብሳል አለበለዚያም የዋሁ ወደ መሸታ ቤት ያመራል አንዳንዱ ደግሞ ጫት ይቅማል::
ጸሃፊው የውጪ ሰው እንደሆነ ማወቅ አያዳግትም ::
የ ባለጊዘዎች ማታ ማታ መዝናናት ወይንክ አንዳንድ ተማሪዎች ብር ይዘው ትምህርት ቤት መሄድን ጠቅስዋል::
የ ወያኔ ባለስልጣን ልጆችማ ይህንን ያደርጋሉ::
ይህ የ መሃከለኛ ክፍለ ህብረተሰብ ጨመረ ማለት ግን አይደለም::
እንዲያውም ለማኙ ቢቆጠር ስራ አጡ ሁሉ ቢቆጠር ለሃያ አመታት አስት እጥፍ አንደበዛ ማወቅ ይቻላል::
ባጭሩ አገራችን ወደ ድህነት ቁልቁለት እየተንከባለለች ትታያለች::
Felte fara anteme Ethiopiwie tebalalehe, stylune enkwane aytehe enmane endmichferu maweke neberbehe, cheferawe Guraginga newe. Guragie aytehe be melke enkwane atawekeme gene mene yadergale ke gondere wed sudan tefahena america gebahe selamatwekewe ye ethiopia hezebe tefetefetalehe.
I was concerned for you, instead of dying in parking lot cold you better pack and go back, there is a huge shortage of EXPERIENCED parking lot attendants in Ethiopia
“Illicit pleasure in Ethiopia?” kikikikiki… Sounds very much like envy. Why is a BIG DEAL if people living in the prison house of nations and nationalities are having that decadent level of degrading activities as coping behavior in the middle of tyranny and slavery. Increasingly this people are finding it even harder to run away in to Arab countries and or the surrounding African countries due to increased brutalities and hnading them the over back to the regim. Are you folks wanting them to get together and commit mass suicide like the classical Jewish rebels during the dictatorial occupation of Judea by the Romans?
The blessing in the curse concerning the description of events under the topic above is chracterization, “Customers wiggle posteriors and rotate shoulders in fast dance-bursts” induicates ‘ETHIOPIAWI CHEWANET’ moral code otherwise one might have characterized the event as,Customers wriggling their Asses(postiriors)
Arabs are now coming to Addis in huge numbers for sex tourism and they are the main visitors to the massage parlours.homosexuals,from europe and america also are infesting the whole country. drug addicts have increased exponentially. apparently, the woyane do not have any law to ban drug abuse. child sex abuse is also very common.
Bichinchiru, LOL! That’s really funny and a good reminder for us to appreciate what ever is in our hand. Never to take it for granted. You never know how fast you can lose it.
Wow! March Madness NCAA basketball took my time and looks like I missed Nazret.com.
It worth it so far, a great tournament with a lot of upsets.
How about them Harvard, the first time in their history to win a first rounder, by beating a good #3 seed New Mexico. Harvard is The first Ivy League to make it. Cornel went a reginal semifinal two years ago. We will see how far this one goes.
Another big upset was, one of my favorite teams, last year’s National Champion Kentucky losing to NIT, and being knocked out in the first round.
BTW, Birhanu Nega’s Bucknell U. Lost to Butler. Does that make Birrahun nega a loser?
does this article talking about Abay Woldu or it talks about life THE brightly lit bars lining alleys off bole road? I think you are such a sick halafi adgi. What is wrong with it has nothing to do with TPLF or Abay Woldu whatever nonsense.
My memory of mengistu haile mariam.
When I was grown up in Addis Ababa I used to rembeber 12:00am curfew….
One time I used to rembeber my father and me driving home from attending funeral… My father drinking fast to beat 12:00am curfew…. As every on know in Ethiopia u don’t answer back to ur father so I saw from far a big tank blocking the road and army guy telling my father to stop waving him…. My father concentrating driving and thinking about 12:00 am….
I was hopping that he see them befor I told him….because I don’t want to my father to take it in wrong way…. But my father speed increasing each second then I told him father STOP…
AT LAST SECOND my father managed to stop….the whole road was blocked by tank and army ……the army guy come Witt fire in his eyes try finish us the only thing that save us is my father speak many ethinc language so he cool down the guy and he let us GO…
THIS NOT ONE DAY BUT every day is like this in Ethiopia when I grown up…. The funy thing is if u are white no curfew apply on u
When you meet a girl under low lit conditions and she looks good but when you see her again in broad day-light she is nasty looking ;If I have a near-beer, I’m near beer. And if I’m near beer, I’m close to tequila. And if I’m close to tequila, I’m adjacent to with marijuana and to cocaine.
Another knife-in-your-heart story which is a byproduct of yeAhezab Zemen. The government is actually promoting these illicit country killing activities unlike what the semi-dummy magazine says. Another casuality of May 1991 London power brokering that installed the deceptive, gentile and wicked regime are the whites themselves. Ever since 1991, the superpowers have lost touch. They have become dummies. They are confused. Something ain’t the same for them. Yeah, they have been hit by the Ahezabs themselves.
Morality ought to be upheld in the holy country as well as justice. There is no proliferation of illicit activities neither in high moral countries nor in the savage law enforcing ones. Because we abuse our God-given grace and freedom, we find ourselves offten at the bottom, savages ruling as at the top.
All I see is a bunch of ematiated losers dringing and smoking their life away.
They look like they’ve never eaten in a few weeks! Maybe they should invest their money not drinks and pot but in food.
What’s wrong with my Ethiopian people? Priotitize, people!
No other people(creature) on the earth as jealousy as Ethiopian on this planet. Jealousy on his neighbour, on his freind, on his brother, on his own people. Pro. Mesfin is also witnessed on his new book ” mekshef ende Ethiopia". Are we all are failed? are we all are charged by? are we all are poisoned? Its failed people so as failed country
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