25 February 2021
At the media briefing hosted by the Ethiopian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, HE Ambassador Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam expressed the need for Africa to harness its own capabilities and develop a narrative of Africa - for Africa - by Africans. A united continent can solve anything and can be a leader in development without outside intervention, said Dr Teklemariam.
Referring to the victory of the battle of Adwa which is commemorated on March 2nd every year, it signifies a turning point in colonial era propagated history. Ethiopian patriots decisively defeated the Italian army who sought to impose their authority on Ethiopia’s international relations. This profound event stopped the colonisation and subjugation of Ethiopians. Records and monuments of its deep and ancient civilization and independence remains preserved through its written languages, culture and traditions.