Friday, 12 June 2015


Ethiopia holds a special place in the hearts of many Jamaicans including me. So when I had to visit Ethiopia, to help my husband on a work mission recently, a burst of excitement and anticipation consumed me as finally I could now see this place!

Among the places we visited were Shashamane - home to over 200 Rastafarians of Jamaican roots; Aksum - where we saw the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum which was once the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia.

Here are a few pics

Touring the school built and run by the Jamaica Rastafarian Development Community (JRDC).

Another school run by Sister Angie

Temple of Priest Paul

Mission accomplished!

Grabbing a bite!

 This is Ethiopian goatmeat with Injera

Brief Overview (Taken from Unesco's site -

Situated in the highlands of northern Ethiopia, Aksum symbolizes the wealth and importance of the civilization of the ancient Aksumite kingdom, which lasted from the 1st to the 8th centuries AD. The kingdom was at the crossroads of the three continents: Africa, Arabia and the Greco-Roman World, and was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. In command of the ivory trade with Sudan, its fleets controlled the Red Sea trade through the port of Adulis and the inland routes of north eastern Africa.
The ruins of the ancient Aksumite Civilization covered a wide area in the Tigray Plateau. The most impressive monuments are the monolithic obelisks, royal tombs and the palace ruins dating to the 6th and 7th centuries AD.

Stelae Park with many ruins

Very good tour guide - unfortunately I don't remember his name. We booked through Travel Ethiopia and he is one of their guides.

John and the guide talking about the largest stelae which is now fallen.

Chamber below the stelae

St Mary of Zion church built in the 1960s

Museum being built as the home for all the artefacts - still being discovered

The old church. I wasn't allowed to go in - men only.  It is said that the Ark of the Covenant is on this compound.

John went in and took a few pics

Virgin Mary and child