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Did Ethipia just have a Christmas?
 
On Mon, 8 Jan 1996, Mammo Muchie wrote:
 
>                 ADWA VICTORY CENTENARY
>                     1896- 1996
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> Ethiopian Community in Britain supported by African Centre of the University of
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> London, International Policy Research Initiative of Middlesex University, Pan-Af
> rican Grass
> Roots Initiative, the Ethiopian Refugee Communities of Brent, Lambeth and Harrin
> gey, Royal
> African Society, African Centre at SOAS, London University and The Izra Ethiopia
>  Artistic
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> Logo: Gorade(1), Light radiating out of Ethiopia to the world(0), and shield(0)
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> "ADWA AS A DEFINITIVE AFRICAN VICTORY WHICH BEGAN THE ENDING OF
> THE EUROPEAN SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA;SYMBOLISES THE CLASH BETWEEN
> THE FORCES OF COLONIALISM AND ANTI-COLONIALISM ON A WORLD SCALE;
> THE PAN-AFRICAN SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS VICTORY;ADWA AND THE
> EMERGING COMMUNITIES OF AFRICAN RESISTANCES AND
> LIBERATION;RELEVANCE AND LESSONS FOR DECOLONISING AFRICA'S
> FUTURE."
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> Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd,1996
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> Sobel Centre,
> Finsbury Park
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> The centennial anniversary celebrating the victory of Adwa over Italian colonial
> ism in
> Ethiopia will take place in London between March 2-3,1995. Adwa was a major anti
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> colonialist battle fought by all Ethiopians, under the skilful leadership of Emp
> eror Menelik
> and Empress Taitu. This victory resonated well beyond the Ethiopian and indeed t
> he African
> border. It represented the clash between  colonialism and liberation on a world-
> scale. In the
> aftermath of this victory, Ethiopia' own global reputation grew with Europe conc
> eding
> recognition to its significance.
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> Adwa 1996 provides the occasion to appreciate fully the international significan
> ce of the
> Ethiopian victory over the world colonial project in Africa. The failure to put
> this victory in
> the context of the wider challenges which confronted Africa before, during and a
> fter the
> nineteenth century. Italian colonialism was supported by the British rulers and
> German Kaiser
> and other European colonial powers. Elements within the British ruling circles c
> ontemplated
> assisting Italy with direct military action. Ethiopia was supported mainly by th
> e African
> diaspora and anti-colonialist elements in Italy itself.The Ethiopian victory of
> Adwa
> symbolised an historical turning point where colonialist and anti-colonialist fo
> rces clashed in
> Africa. In fact, it represented the struggle of the black race for human dignity
>  and respect.
> Some British settlers in Africa regarded the victory of Adwa as a "foul crime".
> Colonialist
> historiography generally consigns the whole episode to a minor detail of the bat
> tlefield lore.
> It is a matter of historical record that the Adwa victory signalled the beginnin
> g of the end of
> the Scramble for Africa. This victory constitutes a crucial chapter in the recor
> d of African
> resistance and liberation.It armed generations of Africans with the confidence o
> f victory to
> engage in resistance and liberation. It attracted attention as far as the Caribb
> ean and the
> Americas, not to mention Europe and the rest of Africa. It deserves to be celebr
> ated both as
> a significant episode in its own right and as a memory serving well the emerging
>  communities
> of resistances in the African world never again to surrender to colonial tyranny
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> Within Ethiopia itself, the historical significance of Adwa has been contested.
> Politically-
> motivated internal and external wilful interpretation attributes the victory of
> Adwa exclusively
> in terms of one segment of the Ethiopian population. It was in fact the unified
> effort of all
> segments of the Ethiopian population which made the Ethiopian victory at Adwa po
> ssible.
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> The battle of Adwa is not just a memory of the past. This event which took place
>  100 years
> ago by a relatively small and weak country, against Italy, a formidable, highly
> armed and
> ambitious new colonial power, is still relevant today. For example, President Ne
> lson Mandela
> and Mr. Alfred NZO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa have linked thei
> r country's
> anti-colonialist struggle to the victory of Adwa. With the spectre of re-colonia
> lism haunting
> Africa, Adwa is a historical memory which urges us to hasten the de-colonisation
>  of Africa's
> future.  It is the spur to the revival of pan-Africanism.It is inextricably link
> ed with Africa's
> present and future destiny.
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> PLANNED ACTIVITIES
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> ECB has planned a number of activities: a two-day international symposium, exhib
> itions,
> cultural shows, sport, literary and artistic competition,film and video shows ar
> e the major
> ones.We are expecting that a number of organisations will continue to actively p
> articipate in
> or sponsor the event by joining in a loose consortium with each other coordinate
> d by some
> E.C.B. on an informal basis.
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> PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
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> The centenary celebrations belong not only to all Ethiopians but also all Africa
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> colonised peoples throughout the world. The organisers look forward to enthusias
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> participation of all Ethiopians and other Africans and friends in the U. K. Hist
> orians and
> other African and African-Caribbean representatives will be active participants.
>  The Ethiopian
> community  and the general public will be the prime target audience.
> Active participation from the public with ideas, finance, organisational assista
> nce is most
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> Please send ideas to and ask information from:
> The Adwa Centenary Planning Group
> c/o E.C.B.
> 66 Hampsted Rd
> London
> NW1 3DB
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> tel no. 0171-388-4944
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> Dr. Mammo Muchie,
> Middlesex University,
> Bramley Road,
> Oakwood,
> London, N14 4XS
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> tel.no. 0181-362-5665
> fax.no.0181-441-4672
> e-mail: [log in to unmask]
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> Please send your financial contribution
> to "ADWA CENTENARY PLANNING GROUP"
> c/o ECB, National Westminster Bank,
> P.O. Box 3853, U.K.
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> Sorting Code:605003
> Account no. 12639664
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