Ethiopian Diaspora Organizations Collaborate and Cooperate on Sports and Heritage Events

March 1, 2012

Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America
Press Release – February 29, 2012

Ethiopian Diaspora Organizations Show Solidarity

In a show of solidarity that is common and expected in the Ethiopian Diaspora community, the Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) has agreed to defer its Ethiopian Heritage Festival so that it does not conflict with the sporting events being promoted by the Ethiopian Sports Federation of North America (ESFNA).

Ethiopian Diaspora Organizations Collaborate and  Cooperate on Sports and Heritage Events

Because of timing conflicts, many Diaspora Ethiopians came forward to express that they did not want to miss either event. The EHSNA Heritage Festival, going on its second year, was initially held in the first week in July in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. ESFNA is approaching its 29th year of holding its annual sporting events in early July in Dallas, Texas. In a show of support, the younger of the two organizations, EHSNA, has agreed to move it’s Heritage Festival to the Labor Day weekend.

The Ethiopian Sports Federation will hold its sports events in Dallas from July 1 to July 7. The Ethiopian Heritage Festival will be held in September, using the three-day, Labor Day weekend to its full advantage. Exact times, dates, and places will be announced. The festival, now entering its second year, will probably be held in the D.C. area, as it was in the preceding year.

Praise for the Ethiopian Sports Federation

The Heritage Society takes this opportunity to praise and celebrate the Ethiopian Sports Federation for its longevity – this will be its 29th year of holding the sports events. The Heritage Society also praises the Sports Federation for its efforts to thwart the reach of the illegitimate TPLF government now in power in Ethiopia.

That regime had been trying to reform the Sports Federation to work on its behalf. The Federation has managed to fend off the regime’s efforts to subvert their organization. The regime wanted to make the Sports Federation a satellite from which to influence or spy on other Ethiopian Diaspora organizations and communities.

The Ethiopian Heritage Society Approaches a Second Year of Success

The Ethiopian Heritage Society held its First Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival in early July of 2011, with the theme, “Celebrate and Discover Ethiopia!” The festival showcased the historical, cultural, artistic, athletic, and culinary treasures, creativity, and talent from the Ethiopian community for the enjoyment and education of the public at large.

After the festival, the Heritage Society hosted Camp Agelgel the following September. Camp Agelgel was a thanksgiving event with many participants and many activities. It was held to thank the businesses and individuals in the Ethiopian Diaspora who helped make the first Ethiopian Heritage Festival such a success.

Second Ethiopian Heritage Festival Promises an Even Better Experience

Details for the Second Annual Heritage Festival, to be held this year around Labor Day, will be announced as soon as possible. The Washington Metro Area will probably be the site. Those wishing to attend should keep their calendars open for the first weekend in September. This second annual festival will set the tone for future festivals in that it will be bigger and better than the last. Not only will there be fantastic entertainment, but also events that will reflect the Ethiopian heritage and solidarity within the Ethiopian Diaspora community. Youngsters are especially welcome so that they can understand and appreciate their Ethiopian heritage.

Keeping Ethiopian Heritage Alive

Diaspora Ethiopians should also look to join the Ethiopian Sports Federation in Dallas, Texas. Participants can enjoy and partake in their sporting events and their celebration of the heritage of the Ethiopian Diaspora Community. Friends and members of the Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America and the Ethiopian Sports Federation of North America, ask all interested folks to attend and enjoy both events.

If you are an appreciator of Ethiopia and its peoples, or if you love your heritage and seek to preserve it for yourself and for our younger generations, this is an easy way and a fun way to become or to remain involved. We may not be able to call Ethiopia as home right now, but we still can retain our heritage and our love of the land. Both EHSNA and EHSFNA are working to sustain that love and that heritage.

6 Responses to Ethiopian Diaspora Organizations Collaborate and Cooperate on Sports and Heritage Events

  1. Yeneneshe

    March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you EHSNA & ESFNA for listening to your supporters, that is the only way that we can build and bring peace and sanity to our exiled living. Collaboration and participation of all Ethiopians together for peace and freedom comes only when we learn to listen to each other, to be concerned for the well bing of each other and we are ready to agree to disagree but still see the big picuture. Thank you for heeding the demands of the community that you were established to serve. This is how success starts so bless you both.

  2. Beyene Haile

    March 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This should be a great example for everyone with different opinion can come together and solve their difference peacefully. I hope this can serve as an example for our leaders. This also servers a big blow for the fakeone (not even deserving to be called the name they chose) they are hoping and doing all they can to make sure ESFNA fails. Money will not buy happiness, and what’s more shameful act is that grown individuals are selling themselves and what they used to stand for to be favored and liked by those with money. ESFNA might not have the financial backing like they do, but they are banking on the people of North America. Just like President Obama counted on the United Auto Workers and they stood strong, we the diaspora Ethiopians need to stand together with the true and only federation ESFNA. Exactly 4 month from today the tournament will start in Dallas, and every Ethiopian should make all the effort to be there and show solidarity, and prove those who are counting on all of us not showing up wrong. I for one will be in Dallas for 4 days. I have already asked for day off and will be making my hotel reservation soon. For anyone who wants to get a discounted hotel rate check out the federation website


  3. T. Goshu

    March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I sincerely want to say that this is a very matured , truely wise, and an exemlary decision !! How it is very encouraging and inspiring to have a civic organization(ESFNA) wich is a brain child of people with raional and genuine way of doing things!! And how it is so great to see genuinely concerned and well- determined people rescuing and bringing back a 29-year old association (ESFNA) to its legitimate and right track !! It is really a very great sign and move to hear the news which I hope is shared by both associations with no reservation. I want to believe and sincerely remain highly optimistic that this news on the necessity of collaboration and subsequently more unified action will be materilized ,and become one of the great forces for the realization of the ultimate destination ,i.e. bringing back our glorious history and culture and live with a real sense of equality , freedom ,and human dignity. Folks, it has to be noted that all these very desirable beginings of mutual recognition, undestanding and the noble idea of collaboration will be powerful sources if and only if we play our critical and constructive role as a community.

    All the best!!

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