Ugandans toast to Ethiopia's revolution – The Observer (blog)

The Rwenzori ballroom at the Kampala Sheraton hotel was bursting with strong music beats, accompanied by lyrics that some guests could not understand, but could not help swaying to.

That, however, was not the case with the members of the Ethiopian community in Uganda who were hosting their Ugandan counterparts and selected members of the international community to the Ethiopian National day celebrations last Friday evening to mark the Ginbot 20 silver jubilee.

At the cosy cocktail party, guests were treated to an array of Ethiopian delicacies, but most captivating was the Ethiopian coffee that was served the traditional Ethiopian way, in tiny coffee cups.

The Ethiopian ambassador to Uganda, Degefe Bula Wakijera, who was the chief host, gave his welcome remarks before the chief guest, Ephraim Kamuntu, former minister of water and environment, delivered the keynote speech in which he commended the excellent bilateral relationship between Ethiopia and Uganda.

Also present was Abebe Angessa, the area manager, Ethiopian Airlines, who pledged to keep the ties between Ethiopia and Uganda strong. With all three speeches kept short and simple, the guests had ample time to shake to the Ethiopian music served by a live band.

Ethiopian singers Amha Bekele, Seifu Bekele and Rahel Haile provided the day’s entertainment, although a choir made up of Ethiopian children had earlier on opened up the evening’s event with the Ugandan and Ethiopian anthems.

With good music flowing endlessly, the guests danced till late as departure was at leisure.

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