Fanfare, patriotism mark Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day celebration

On 26th November 2015, at Arba Minch University, Ethiopian socio-cultural splendor come alive with all its primordial multi-cultural traditions and pristine ethnicity as university celebrated 10th Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day with overflowing patriotic fervor. Click here to see the Pictures.

This year, the grand event has been celebrated in Ethiopia with motto, ‘‘Participation of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples for better growth and transformation.’’ 
AMU President, Dr Feleke Woldeyes, opening the carnival termed nations and nationalities, the symbol of unity, and said this day could be made possible because of the first generation’s sacrifices that have secured independence, restored social harmony, established peace and put Ethiopia on growth path. He lauded government for carrying out development across the nation.
Visiting dignitary from House of Federation, Mrs Zewditu Tegene, Constitution and Federalism Education Dissemination Directorate Director, says, this event assumes importance as it’s celebrated on the commencement of GTP-II; and on this day, the Constitutional rights of all people got secured. She asked university to give attention towards the quality of education and keep Constitutional rights of its community secured.
In the morning program, at the outset, Corporate Communication Directorate Director, Mr Fissiha Bekele, delineating the significance of the day, urged youth to carry forward the torch of development with great sense of responsibility. Gamo Gofa Musical Band regaled the audience with its musical dance and song performances.
Dr Feleke with invited dignitaries cut the ceremonial cake and celebrated it with sparkling sticks. In the panel discussion on Constitution and Federalism, people were informed about their rights enshrined in the Constitution and later quiz contest entertained all.  
Gamo Gofa Zone Administrator, Mr Tilahun Kebede lauded Nations and Nationalities for their valuable contribution in extricating Ethiopia from the clutches of abysmal poverty.
The evening celebration at Main Campus stadium reached crescendo with students from all campuses in gorgeous cultural attire represented Ethiopia’s multi-traditional ethos. Each group including male and female students draped in regional attire represented socio-cultural identities of nine regions - Tigray, Amhara, South Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz, Afar, Gambela, Harari, Somali.
This breath-taking display of Ethiopia’s cultural dimension invariably featured each region’s social and cultural identities that distinguish them from each other. Some of the performing group members got involved dignitaries like Dr Feleke, Guest of Honour and other top officials made the show worth enjoying.
On the eve of the event, slew of sporting events i.e. soccer matches, running and tug-of-war were organized. In the initial friendly soccer tie, AMU Students’ Team playing Arba Minch Town Football Club suffered crushing defeat 5-0.
The second soccer match between AMU’s Admin-Academic Team and Team that included Gamo Gofa Zone and Arba Minch City Admin staff with its nail-biting finish regaled the spectators as AMU Team thrashed the opponent 3-1.
400-meter race was won by one of the administrative staff members, while in the tug-of-war AMU security personnel beat AMU drivers. Soccer tie between security guards and drivers was also held. Guest of Honour, Mrs Zewditu Tegene handed over the trophies and cup to the respective winning sides. 

(By Corporate Communication Directorate: Philips Joseph)