Once it was USA for Africa, now Ethiopia's expats are returning to be part of a striving new middle class.
The 100% Made in Africa sneaker company Sawa is struggling to keep its brand in Africa, faced with corruption and consequences of the Arab Spring. But the touch of local handcraft combined with cheap labor is loaded with potential.
Despite the largest livestock head count on the African continent, a series of nagging problems prevent Ethiopia from realizing its agricultural potential. But now, the government in Addis Abeba has a plan to turn the country from famine poster child to a net food exporter.
Belachew Girma is the World Laughter Champion. The man, who can laugh for more than 3 hours non-stop, has just opened Ethiopia's first laughter school where they teach that cackling away is the best medicine for life's ills. Girma should know.
Israel is home to roughly 100,000 Falashas, black Jews of Ethiopian descent. They have no government representation and say theyre treated like second-class citizens. Led by a hitherto unknown man named Molat Araro, the Falashas are finally starting to speak out.
In Italy, an otherwise happy 13-year-old Ethiopian boy set out last week from his adoptive home with perilous plans to journey by land and sea back to Africa. He headed south, adrift for five days in southern Italy, but ultimately didn't get too far.
The Soviet Union once held vast political and economic influence in Africa. Today, Russians see major opportunities there, but some fear that China may have already won the race to conquer the continent's vast natural resources and economic potential.
For many Africans khat is a stimulant drug that also stills hunger pangs. But the worlds biggest seller of khat doesnt fit the typical profile of a drug dealer. Indeed, throughout much of the continent it is legal.