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Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas eve by calling for peace and unity.

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Kathleen Ndongmo

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As the country follows its own calendar, Ethiopians celebrate ‘Genna’ – the birth of Jesus Christ – on the 7th of January, almost two weeks after the rest of the world mark the day.

Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church passes through special 43 fasting days called ‘Tseome Nebiyat’ the fast of the prophets, before the actual day of the Christmas. During the fasting days followers abstain from meat and dairy, making them totally vegetarian.

In the eve of Gena, the faithful, dressing white traditional cloths, gathered at churches for the mass church services that start after midnight and lasts in the morning of Christmas day.

The ceremony of the mass service is similar in every Orthodox Church except at the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, where the celebration is unique.

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  • Ethiopian Orthodox priests attend the Christmas celebrations at Saint Mary's Church in Lalibela, Christmas at Saint Mary's Church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, on January 07, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox priests attend the Christmas celebration at Saint Mary's Church, in Lalibela, Ethiopia, on January 7, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims rest as they attend their Christmas Eve celebration at the Saint Mary's Church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, on January 7, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims attend the Christmas Eve celebration at Savior's Church (Beit Medhane Alem) in Lalibela, Ethiopia, on January 7, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims attend the Christmas eve celebration at Saint Mary's Church, in Lalibela, Ethiopia, on January 7, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims sing during during the Christmas Eve celebration at Saint George's Church in Lalibela, on January 06, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims take part in the Christmas Eve celebration at Saint George Church in Lalibela, on January 06, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

  • Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims pray during the Christmas Eve celebration at Saint George Church in Lalibela, on January 06, 2019. - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas called Ledet or Genna is celebrated on January 7, 2019, and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

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This landmark achievement comes just after Adichie’s famous novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun” was named in BBC’s 100 Novels that shaped our world.

The 2019 edition of the annual award, tagged; “We the people to honour the founding ideals and vision articulated in the UN Charter” held on the eve of the United Nations 75th anniversary.

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The 2019 Future Awards Africa took place at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

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THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ACTING

Timini Egbuson (32) – Winner

Bimbo Ademoye (28)

Bandele ‘Baaj’ Adebule (30)

Sharon Ooja (28)

Fatima Washa Abdullahi (26)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MUSIC 

Teniola Apata (26)

Damini Ebunoluwa ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (28) –  Winner

Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana

John ‘Johny Drill’ Ighodalo (29) 

Sadiq ‘Wurld’ Onifade (32)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR AGRICULTURE

Emmanuel Maduka (24)

Chiamaka Ndukwu Theresa and Kenneth Okonkwo (25/25)

Uka Eje (29) – Winner

Divine-Love Akam (24)

Rotimi Olawale (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ADVOCACY

Hamzat Lawal (32) – Winner

Bright Jaja (29)

Uchechi ‘Ucy’ Rochas (27)

Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti (30)

Funke Adeoye (27)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ARTS (VISUAL & APPLIED)

Arinze Stanley (26)

Ken Nwadiogbu (25) – Winner

Dipo Doherty (28)

Olarinde Olayemi Ayanfeoluwa (22)

Olabanke Subair (28)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

Abdulazeez Kaltumi (27)

Yetunde Fadeyi (27)

Kelechukwu Nwachukwu Lucky (25)

Tony Joy (27)

Akpobi Elvis (31)

Isaac Success Omoyele (28) – Winner

Stephen Teru (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FILM-MAKING

Kayode Kasum (28)

Dare Olaitan (28) – Winner

Chinney Love Eze (31)

Rahama Sadau (26)

Uche Odoh (30)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

Akwaeke Emezi (32)

Ijeoma Umebinyuo (30)

Lanaire Aderemi (20)

Oyinkan Braithwaite (31)

Otosirieze Obi-Young (25) – Winner

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MEDIA

Peace Itimi (24)

Paul Alasiri (27)

Edirin Edewor (28)

Samuel Ajiboye (28) – Winner

Tosin Olaseinde (31)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Bukky Akomolafe (31) – Winner

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe (28)

Yinka Iyinolakan (30)

Onoriode Reginald Aziza (27)

Peter Tega Oghenejobo (32)

PRIZE FOR OAP (VISUAL & AUDIO)

Osato ‘EDK’ Edokpayi (27)

Huisaina ‘Dashen’ Usman (31)

Mayowa Ogundele – Adegoke (30)

Simi ‘Drey’Adejumo (21) – Winner

Sandra Ezekwesili (30)

PRIZE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Adetola Onayemi (28) – Winner

Ibijoke Faborede (31)

Moses Onalapo (29)

Dr Achama Eluwa (31)

Fehintola Ajogbasile and Judith Oguzie (27/32)

PRIZE FOR SPORTS

Al-farouq Aminu (29)

Georgia Oboh (18)

Eseoghene Oguma (21)

Samuel Chukwueze (23)

Israel Adesanya (30) – Winner

PRIZE FOR EDUCATION

Olaseni Cole (32) – Winner

Omozino Eguh (28)

Eyitayo Ogunmola (31)

Seyi Oluyole (27)

Farida Kabir (27)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR TECHNOLOGY

Chinedu Azodoh/ Adetayo Bamiro (29/32)

Zang Luka Bot (28) – Winner

Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi (28)

Timothy Adeleye (25)

Funfere Koroye (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FASHION

Andrea Iyamah (26)

Derin Fabikun (29)

Tuboboreni Sandrah (28) – Winner

Osemwengie Victor Odion (31)

Kenneth Izedonmwen (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR BUSINESS

Adekunle Hassan (31)

Obi Ozor (30)

Chika Madubuko (30)

Olawale Ayilara (31) – Winner

Tiwalola Olanubi (31)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM

Aisha Salaudeen (25)

Joey Akan (28)

Ayodeji Rotinwa (29)

Shola Lawal (25) – Winner

Kiki Mordi (28)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Adah Clarence (30)

Yemi Ajala (31)

Praise Nnemeka (21)

Stephen Tayo (25)

Tolani Alli (27) – Winner

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR

Debo Ogundoyin (32)

Kenneth Udekwe (32)

Damini ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (28) – Winner 

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