The significance of the Ethiopian Millennium is discussed in a conversation with Ayele Bekerie, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, African Studies and Research Center, Cornell University and Befekir Kebede, multi-media specialist and host of a web site dedicated to the Ethiopian millennium (www.ethiopianmillennium.com).
Dr Ayele has written many articles on Ethiopian history including his recent: "Ethiopians, Persons of the Millennium," where he discusses the need for celebrating of the life and works of the Ethiopian people throughout the millennia, their historical journey, Ethiopia’s ancient civilization, culture, religion, its architecture, literature, arts etc.
Ethiopians should not just celebrate this momentous occasion, says Dr Ayele, but also they should mark the event by getting involved in their chosen activities, for the good of the nation, in the next thirteen months and beyond.
Befeker Kebede from Melbourne, Australia, says many in the world are led to believe that "Ethiopia is nothing more than a deserted land somewhere in Africa where people starve and die." Hence, the sole intent of his project, he explains, is to take part in the effort to bring about a change the way that Ethiopia is portrayed in the western media.
Befeker Kebede has been working on the Ethiopian millennium project for over four years, producing documentary films and photographs that highlight the event and promote images of Ethiopia -- telling untold stories of this ancient nation.
Horn-of-Africa's reporter Alula Kebede sat down with the two to discuss on the significance of the millennium and other issues beyond the festivities. (click the link above to hear the discussion in Amharic)