Fact #16 : Ethiopia's First Female Pilot ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••. Fifty years ago, Weizero Asegedech Assefa, born from a privileged Ethiopian family, became the first female pilot; by breaking barriers in a totally male dominated field. When she was asked what motivated her to became a pilot, she said that one day she was having a conversation with a group of men as she often did, when someone told the group about the new flying school within the Ethiopian Airlines that was open to anyone who paid the required fee. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
She described that her picture and her story were all over the newspaper. In fact, someone told Emperor Haile Selasse about her. The emperor then asked her to meet with him at the Imperial Palace. She received a lot of praise from the emperor for her accomplishment. He asked her who her father was. The emperor immediately recognized her father, and complimented her by telling her that she was as brave as her father. He also ordered that her tuition be paid in full so that she could further her flying career. She said that she was thrilled that she was about to learn how to fly big international planes while prior to that all of her flights had been domestic. [Please Note: It is argued by some that Wezeryo Mulumebet Emeru is the first Ethiopian female pilot] ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #ethiopia#ethiopianpeople#ethiopians#ethiopian#ethiopianfacts#ethiopianculture#habesha#habeshastyle#habeshanation#habeshas#mamaafrica#mamaethiopia#africa#africans#africanunity#africanpower#eastafrican
Ya inya ityopia bet konjo naw, aydel? // Isn't our little Ethiopian home cute? I'm having so much fun decorating the new digs!
These four pieces hanging above our bed each have their own significance. The first, top left, is a photo taken of a camel in Arkansas (of all places!) by my dear friend @ironsidephoto who visited me in Ethiopia during my Peace Corps service. Camels weren't common in my region, but every now and again I'd catch sights of them on my way to #addisababa and wonder what the world looked like from their eyes.
The second piece is a wedding gift given to us by Heni's childhood friend, Leul. In architecture school he was able to do some CAD work and came up with this zebra design. Under the zebras reads, "The theme of this art explains relationship and dependency on each other. There is no black only or white only, but there is harmony and friendship..." Little did Leul know how many layers of meaning this would have for Heni and I!
Third is an etched waxpaper piece from a craft fair in Addis. The artist invited myself and some friends to his studio for tea and we all sat on the floor sharing stories while he showed us his art. A common sight in rural areas, the piece shows two small boys fetching water from a river with their donkey.
The last piece is made from banana leaves and takes me back to my village days in #sidama and time spent in peoples' mud houses, drinking coffee and sharing life.