Anorak News | Happy New Millennium Ethiopia: Bring A Tent

Happy New Millennium Ethiopia: Bring A Tent

by | 11th, September 2007

TEN, nine, eight, six, five…

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 19 (Reuters Life!) – More than seven years after most of the world marked the start of the 21st century, Ethiopia is putting the finishing touches to its own millennium bash.

Using the Julian calendar, an ancient system of measuring time abandoned by the West in the 16th century, Ethiopia enters its new millennium on Sept. 12 with a huge concert expected to draw hundreds of thousands of partygoers.

Organisers hope U.S. singer Beyonce will headline the New Year’s concert with popstar Janet Jackson and rapper 50 Cent also rumoured to appear in a 20,000 capacity venue being built on Addis Ababa’s priciest avenue.

President Girma Woldegirogis has billed the celebrations a time to focus on fighting poverty and advancing democracy in the Horn of Africa country of 81 million people.

But, reports that Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi is paying $10 million to build the Millennium concert hall has angered some in Ethiopia, which ranks 170 out of 177 in the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

Can’t they just get together in a tent. Worked for us…

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