Addis Ababa Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
Dec 1, 2012
The city of Addis Ababa today concluded the celebration of its 125th founding anniversary, which was marked with various assortments for one year. Speaking on the occasion Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Demeke Mekonnen stressed the need to further strengthen the ongoing pro-poor development programs and infrastructure development in Addis Ababa. Demeke said the government will give prime attention towards strengthening development activities and ensuring public participation in the activities thereby to improving the livelihoods of the public.
The Deputy PM said activities should also be carried out to further strengthen the path towards renaissance. Demeke called on residents and executives at all levels to contribute share to achieve the desired goal to make the city suitable to live in. The city is not only capital for Ethiopia but also for the whole Africa, he said, adding, it needs prime attention as it is also a center for different international conferences.
City Mayor, Kuma Demekssa on his part said Addis Ababa is registering rapid development since the last ten years. Sound policies and strategies put in place during the reported period enabled the city to register rapid growth in all development sectors, he said. The 125th anniversary of Addis Ababa was marked with various assortments for one year under the theme: “New Spirit for Addis Change”.
The City was established during the reign of Emperor Menelik II in 1879EC. at the site of a hot springs. The site of Addis Ababa was chosen by Empress Taytu Betul. It was given the name ADDIS ABABA, which means “NEW FLOWER” in Amharic. Addis Ababa is also the capital of Africa as it is a seat for many international organizations including the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union (AU) and other Diplomatic missions. Emperor Menelik II (1889-1913), was Ethiopia’s ruler, who won the invading Italian troops at the battle of Adwa in 1896.