Hakeem Nosiru held $50 million in his hands.
And then it was gone.
The GTA’s newest multimillionaire could hardly believe it when he checked his Lotto Max ticket in January. He ran through the aisles of the convenience store shouting for joy and crying after it was confirmed he’d won the jackpot.
But a day later, the ticket was gone.
“I couldn’t sleep,” Nosiru said Monday as he and his wife of 29 years, Abiola, finally collected their prize. “I haven’t slept since.” Continue reading
Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia kicked off the 2014 Diamond League competition here with a a victory in the 800m, but the World Indoor Champion Genzebe Dibaba finished a disappointing 6th place in the women’s 3,000m race.
Despite not being a Diamond League event, the men’s 800 m boasted an impressive field and Ethiopia’s world indoor and outdoor champ Mohammed Aman had to work hard for victory, his 1:44.49 just enough to edge Nijel Amos with 1:44.54. Britain’s Andrew Osagie had to settle for eighth with 1:46.08
Kenyan; Lupita Nyong’o has won the Academy Award for supporting actress in her role as Patsey, a favored but abused slave in the Steve McQueen-directed drama “12 Years a Slave.”
The win follows Nyong’o taking the same award at the Screen Actors Guild awards, a good barometer of Oscar winners. This is the first Academy Award for the Mexico City-born, Kenyan-raised actress. She has also won the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.
Award for the role, as well as a number of regional accolades from critics/groups in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Phoenix and more. Nyong’o was three weeks shy of graduating from Yale Drama School when she was cast by McQueen. Continue reading
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk are among the stars vying for glory at the prestigious Grammy Awards.
Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Lewis are among the big winners, picking up four awards so far – best new artist plus best rap album, song and performance.
Daft Punk also have four, including record of the year for their hit Get Lucky and best dance/electronica album. Continue reading
World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award: Difret /Ethiopia
(Director and screenwriter: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari) — Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who operates under the government’s radar helping women and children until one young girl’s legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival. Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere. World Premiere
Executive Producer Angelina Jolie gets a shout out at the podium; she boarded the pic earlier this month. Continue reading
Ethiopians sweep podium at 15th Dubai Marathon; Both in Men and Women!
For the third year in a row, a marathon ‘new boy’ won the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as teenager Tsegaye Mekonnen led an Ethiopian sweep in the emirate on Friday. The 18 year-old caused a major surprise, running 2h:04m:32s in his first marathon, to break the unofficial World Junior Record by 95 seconds and record the second fastest time ever seen in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.
The second and third placed athletes also achieved world-class times of sub 2:06 with fellow Ethiopians Markos Geneti and Girmay Birhanu finishing in 2:05:13 and 2:05:49 respectively. As expected the women’s race was also dominated by Ethiopians, who took the first nine places. Continue reading
Abebech Bekele of Ethiopia held on to win the women’s race in 2:25:52. It was her first-ever victory in a marathon, although she has run faster previously. She staved off a late challenge by two of her countrywomen to also earn $40,000 with her victory.
“I’m really happy and excited, coming to Houston,” Bekele said. “This is my first marathon to win but I participated in four other marathons.” Continue reading
A Toronto based Media group, Planet Africa Television awarded the CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) with a professional excellence award. At a lavish ceremony held on November 2 at the International Center in Toronto, Planet Africa TV gave the award for Tewolde Gebremariam for his tremendous efforts to expand the Airlines.
Planet Africa TV said under Tewolde’s leadership the Airlines witnessed an exponential growth including expanding to Canada. In his passionate speech after receiving the award, Tewolde thanked his eight thousand staff at the Airlines and his team in Toronto for their tremendous hard work. He told the audience that “Ethiopian Airlines is the largest indigenous African Airlines managed, operated and owned by Africans”