Patriotic fervor, love for nation’s sovereignty, cultural diversity, unity, enthusiasm and inimitable bonhomie marked the 9th celebration of Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day held at new Auditorium at Main Campus on December 8, 2014.

Community Service and Research Vice President, Dr Guchie Gulie, addressing the people, said, ‘‘Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Constitution is the ultimate vehicle that has triggered the process of renaissance. It could be made possible because many sacrifices have been made and now it’s our duty to sustain and nurture it further.’’
He adds, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is an embodiment of Ethiopia’s commitment for her people and the reciprocation by people of South Nations and Nationalities People’s Region (SNNPR) is also praiseworthy. This understanding will certainly stimulate economic growth in Ethiopia.’’ 
The celebration began with great enthusiasm at new auditorium, with two students reciting poems. People draped in gorgeous cultural attire and tastefully decorated venue made this celebration memorable.
Corporate Communication Directorate Director, Mr Fissiha Bekele apprising the gathering with the significance of the Day, called upon the youth to respond to nation’s need by excelling in their professional arena.
He said, FDRE Constitution has provided an equal opportunity to all by facilitating health, educational and other welfare services to different nationalities. Being the beneficiaries, we should use these gains to establish the environment of peace, security, tolerance and mutual understanding in the society. He urged people to value and respect each other’s language, religion and nationalities.
A small skit by students, wherein a young university girl Mihert impersonating Ethiopia covered in a national tri-color, portrayed country’s social malaise, historical glory and political sovereignty.
Quiz contest on Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day, regaled the audience. Followed by a comic skit by Community School students, that spoke about social structure and progress it made till date.
Law Department Head, Dereje Mammo, and other informed the gathering about the historical importance of the day by intimating them with the major values of the Constitution, country’s hope, unity, diversity and cultural ethos.
In the evening, showcasing their cultural dynamism and social mores, people from Gamo, Gofa, Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Gambella, Guraghe and many others decked up in ethnic ensemble vigorously dances to the lilting melodies.
Some had combs tucked in their head, some flourishing spear and truncheon, while others had beautiful feathers at the back of their head to show their distinct identity. The spontaneous flow of joy, happiness and unity was evident as they put up the united front on the day.

(By Corporate Communication Directorate: Philips Joseph)