The city of Asmara grew from a mere scattering of four villages to what we know today as our nation’s beautiful capital. Its development as an urban center came mostly with the advent of the Italian occupation of Eritrea in 1889.
According to anthropologists, any society is said to be civilized by virtue of having a culture. Since culture is a means through which humans make life easy and comfortable, their definition can be simply proved to be right, since this preoccupation has be a natural hallmark of any given society. The key point here is that the point that stresses the need or rather the struggle to make life easier and comfortable. This challenge is relative, which means it changes with time and place since both brings with them a specific challenges and opportunities.
When he leaned over and kissed me goodbye, I closed my eyes with the anticipation of the incoming torrent of emotions and all the tingling feelings and the rising butterflies from my stomach; ready to embrace all the mushy feelings a kiss leaves you with behind.
In a book entitled ‘Who needs a story?’ (Hidri: publishers June 2005), one poet named Mohamed Osman Kajerai outshined women of Eritrea’s as: “Elegant, exalted and true, Born of the rock of respect, faith and resistance"
I was just passing by a market place. There were to women who were shopping foodstuffs. One of them suddenly uttered some words that could be roughly translated as "At times she acts as if someone takes her husband away and the other time as happy a new bride." She said this words referring to a nearby woman who just passed along the same sidewalk without greeting them. As the phrases were not ordinary but rather impregnated with meaning, it took me no time to be very keen on the message the woman tried to convey through such words. So, I was busy trying to interpret not the literary but the implicit meaning. It was in an attempt of explaining to her friend who was also not certain what exactly such words mean, the woman who uttered those words freed me from getting exhausted wandering from one thought to another and from one interpretation to another. The whole idea conveyed through the implicit words is all about being moody in greeting people. There are times where one encounters with people who have a fluctuating mood. Some people behave inconsistently the way they greet people as if they have been conditioned to certain behavior, no matter whether they are greeting someone intimate or someone whom they recently get introduced with, they just show indifferent gesture which makes one feel irritated.
In his well credited work of 1613, Antonio Sera, an economist from Italia, once echoed that: “As the sun hardens clay but softens wax, as the same whistle will calm the horse, but excite the dog.” Hence, as nature of the sun follows with different naturedly inherited response, similarly, readers-- whether they are current readers or not--have varied options in determining what genres they expect to read. And fortunately enough, Fenkil Zerai, 24, has distributed one moderately crafted- fiction book in connection with Eritrea’s National Festival.
Artistry is what makes the national festival an exciting event. Each year, visitors wonder on the idea that what new thing could be featured in upcoming festivals. There have been artists who continue to exert relentless efforts to come up with new ideas so as to be reflected through impressive works of art. Art has been part of all programs that have been staged in every festival. There is art in the traditional dances and livelihood of the nine ethnic groups of Eritrea. In unison, there is artistry in the way Eritrean tradition is presented. Different pavilions have been embellished with an eye catching artistic works. Coining news words gives life to writings of different forms, and likewise making a difference to impress and enlighten people from all walks of life is what Eritrean artists have been very keen at.