Five hours, forty-six minutes, and thirty seven seconds 05:46:37 was the total time that took Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaymanot, which is his first at the Olympic game. Eritrea’s Cycling federation also the first time that it is participating cyclists being represented by Daniel who only started as a professional peloton in 2012 with green Edge came in only 40 seconds after the Gold winner Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan that came in at 5:45:57.
In the recently held 5th Eri-Youth Festival, Sawa has been a platform for multi-national cultural performances. Apart from the cultural shows of Eritrea’s nine ethnic groups, performances of Miss Jojo’s music crew from Rwanda as well as shows of Lebogang Masemola music group from South Africa, Crane Performers- cultural troupe of Uganda were engaged in staging diversified shows on Sawa grounds. This cultural group represents typical African dance and Music. One could not only have a glimpse to true African beat and rhythm but could, to some extent, get a chance to explore what the cultural wealth of Africa is. The similarities of traditions among African societies and their diversity were also vividly reflected through the very exciting shows of the Crane Performers. At times, one could be totally engrossed to what is being performed and becomes non responsive to the world outside the stage.
Living abroad, one may not be easily quenched of the thirsty of being in one’s homeland. But, such feelings of homesickness could of course be softened through revisiting Eritrea. It is to alleviate the flame of love that burns them running deep inside, to get rid of the shiver they feel for being out of their warm home and more importantly to have company of fellow nationals, that diaspora Eritreans continued to come to Eritrea during the summer time and during a number of festive occasions just to be part of the blessings Eritrea has to offer.
Eritrea is endowed with several and different historical and cultural monuments that stand witness to the historical wealth of the nation and its people. Every patch of land has a profound history to narrate and tell; every corner of the country embraces histories within its belly.
A smile is thrust upon every student as the bell rings in the last hour of the last day of school. There is a sense of relief as they hand out their last exam papers! There is the unmistakable sincere smile on the elderly as they see the first signs of rain. It is summer again!