By Ogova Ondego
Published June 13, 2015
Eleven Ethiopian contemporary artists are set to exhibit their creativity in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The 25-day exhibition entitled ‘Addis Contemporary’ that shall be curated by Mifta Zeleke, an Addis Ababa-based curator and gallerist, starts on June 17, 2015 at Circle Art Gallery, a new art venue in the Lavington Green neighbourhood of Nairobi that “aims to be the foremost exhibition space in East Africa” and that exhibits “carefully curated, challenging and thought-provoking contemporary art, and provide a venue for presentations from local and international artists, curators, art critics, collectors and academics.”
The artists whose work shall be on show till July 12, 2015 shall be Ephrem Solomon Tegegn, Dawit Abebe,Nebiat Abebe, Dawit Adnew, Kerima Ahmed, Surafel Amare, Tesfaye Bekele, Dereje Demissie, Addis Gezahegn, Tamrat Gezahegn and Yosef Lule.
A media release issued in Nairobi by Circle Art Gallery describes the artists as “cutting edge, emerging and established Ethiopian contemporary artists who have not had the opportunity to be seen by Nairobi art audiences yet.”
Saying the show “promises to be an exciting overview of the dramatic Addis art scene”, Circle Art Gallery adds that all the artists “are art school graduates, …residents of Addis and address the dramatic political and economic changes they are experiencing in their country in their paintings.”
The exhibition shall be open 10.00 AM-5.00 PM (weekdays) and 11.00 AM-4.00 PM (weekends).
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Meanwhile, Nigeria’s 132 million mobile phone users can from June 12, 2015 tune in to the BBC World Service radio in English and Hausa by dialling the local number, 01 4405 222.
BBC World Service says it is collaborating with ZenoRadio – a leading service that enables radio to be heard on the phone – to give on-demand access to BBC World Service’s audio streams in English (option 1) and Hausa (option 2).
“Users can listen to the broadcasts from any mobile network in Nigeria. English-language radio is streamed live around the clock. Programmes in Hausa are streamed live at 06.30, 15.00 and 20.30 Nigeria Time and then repeated until the next programme is broadcast,” BBC says in a media statement. “To hear the programmes, users can dial 01 4405 222 from any phone in Nigeria and choose the language they prefer from the audio menu. Calls are charged at a normal rate, according to network packages and tariffs.”
BBC Africa Editor, Solomon Mugera, says: “The 01 4405 222 service provides open and easy access to the BBC’s radio programming that until now has only been available in Nigeria via shortwave, online and satellite. Thanks to this development, anybody with a mobile phone in Nigeria can listen to BBC World Service in English or Hausa at any time.”