An Overview of Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa (sometimes spelled Addis Abeba, used by the official Ethiopian Mapping Authority) is the capital city of Ethiopia. It is the largest city in Ethiopia, with a population of 3,384,569.

As a charter city, Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the African Union and its predecessor the OAU are based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa,” due to its historical, diplomatic, and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia – the country has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages and belonging to a wide variety of religious communities (source).

Addis Ababa has grown significantly, particularly over the past 10 years. As in many other places, the unprecedented increase in rural-urban migration due to various push and pull factors has been responsible for this growth. This means that Addis Ababa has increasingly become a melting pot of Ethiopia’s diverse cultures and religions (source).

Religion in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has an extensive and very active Muslim population, who have played an important role in Ethiopian life, particularly in the field of commerce, for over a millennium.  The majority of Muslims inhabit the eastern, southern, and western low lands, but there are also many followers of Islam in Addis Ababa and in all Ethiopian towns– even in the so – called Christian highlands. Mosques, however, were for the most part constructed only within the last century or so; they are now found throughout the length and breadth of the country (source).

Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?

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