Toronto, January 1, 2023 -- We are excited to inform you the 2023 Bikila Award nomination is now open. For more information and the Nomination Form, click on the link below.
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Toronto, January 12, 2020 -- We launched a GoFundMe page to raise fund for Ethiopic Studies at U of T. This initiative is a rare opportunity and of historical significance in the discovery of Ethiopia’s ancient civilizations, for the preservation of our rich culture, history, and traditions.
Toronto, Ontario, August 23, 2019 -- The Bikila Award Celebration and Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, Toronto, Canada at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street, East, Toronto beginning at 6:00 pm [MAP]. This annual event is in its sixth year and has become one of the most anticipated events in the African-Canadian community calendar.
Toronto, Ontario - June 1, 2019 -- Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to the Pankhurst family and loved ones.
Rita Pankhurst, the 2016 Bikila Award Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a true friend of Ethiopia passed away at the age of 92 and was working on another publication on the history of Ethiopia. Rita’s passing is an enormous loss to all Ethiopians and Friends of Ethiopia internationally.
Bikila Award stands with the families and friends of the Pankhurst family during this difficult time.
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Toronto, Ontario - March 10, 2019 -- We are deeply saddened by the tragic plane crash in Bishoftu, Ethiopia today, claiming the lives of all on board. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to all the families and loved ones of all the victims who perished during this tragedy.
Bikila Award stands with the families, friends of the victims and the people of Ethiopia during this difficult time.
August 24, 2018 -- The Bikila Award Celebration and Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Chestnut Residence and Conference Center, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, beginning at 6:00 pm. This annual event is in its fifth year and has become one of the most anticipated events in the African-Canadian community calendar.
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August 3, 2018 -- Bikila Award is pleased to inform our community and supporters in Toronto and around the world, the University of Toronto - Faculty of Arts & Science has selected the Board Members of Bikila Award for the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer service in the community.
May 27, 2018 -- Bikila Award expresses its love, devotion and our thanks to the late Secretary of the Board of the Bikila Award who passed away on May 16, 2018.
April 18, 2018 -- In Collaboration with Friends of Society of Ethiopian Studies Presents The 2018 Community Dialogue “Building Bridges to Our Past, Present & Future” Ethiopic Studies at University of Toronto.
May 26, 2018, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
At Innis Town Hall (Innis College, U of T), 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
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April 18, 2018 -- Cyber Pandemic - How Do We Find A Balance In A Digital World? Digital World and Society,
How to Be a Successful Teen & more...
Come and Join the conversation, Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
At Innis Town Hall (Innis College, U of T), 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
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January 4, 2018 -- Professor TSEGA, Edemariam passed away on January 1, 2018, at home, in his 80th year. Born and raised in Gondar, Ethiopia, he was educated at Addis Ababa, McGill and Lund Universities, and the London School of Tropical Medicine.
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January 1, 2018 -- At the University of Toronto, we have taken the first steps towards offering Ethiopic studies to our students and the community at large. With your support, we can establish an endowment that will guarantee permanent funding – and a permanent place – for Ethiopic studies.
September 28, 2017 -- This sold-out annual event was in its fourth year and has become as one of the most anticipated events in the African-Canadian community calendar.
April 4, 2017 -- Express your ideas in the developing Ethiopian community and identity in Canada by entering our essay competition. Cash prizes and cool Bikila gift articles will be awarded this year. Winning essays will be presented at the 3rd annual Bikila Youth Leadership Conference and authors will be given special opportunities for further involvement with the organization.
May 15, 2017 -- The 3rd Youth Leadership Conference and Essay contest was held on Sunday, May 14th. It was a great success!
February 2017 -- Dr. Richard Pankhurst – the 2016 Bikila Award Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a true friend of Ethiopia passed away on February 16, 2017 at the age 89. We express our deep sympathy to the Pankhurst family and may God rest his soul in peace. Amen!
Toronto, January 12, 2017 -- Tens of thousands of ancient Ethiopian manuscripts – maybe more – have collected dust for over a century because they are written in what is now a rarely studied language, Ge’ez.
But a new course at the University of Toronto is teaching a new generation of students to understand the ancient Semitic language so that one day they can access this long-lost trove of knowledge.
Toronto, January 3, 2017 -- As the world bid farewell today to a legendary running athlete and a double Olympic Ethiopian hero, Bikila Award pays its respects to Miruts Yifter.
1st Prize, ticket #0717 - winner Fanaye Mamecha
2nd Prize, ticket #0937 - winner Michael
3rd Prize, ticket #0991 - winner Genet Ewentu
Thanks to all participants in the 2016 Bikila Lottery.
Toronto, October 20, 2016 -- “Growing wings” is the penultimate imagery of the poem enthrallingly recited by Chancellor-Poet Lemn Sissay at the third annual Bikila Award held on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Toronto, August 12, 2016 -- University of Toronto and Bikila Award hosted the ‘Bikila Barefoot Challenge’ on Saturday August 6, 2016. The family-friendly event was held at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. The Bikila Barefoot Challenge is a fundraising initiative in support of the establishment of an Ethiopic Studies program at the University of Toronto and to remember the legacy of our marathon hero Abebe Bikila.
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June 15, 2015 -- What a success! The 2016 Youth Leadership Conference which was held at Daniels Spectrum on May 22nd in Toronto. Our community from across GTA and the surrounding regions have enjoyed our second Annual Youth Conference, and the event is getting rave reviews. See details. >>
June 15, 2015 -- We are pleased to announce that Yonas Assefa is the winner of the 2016 Bikila Award Essay Contest, “New Thinking”. The judges chose his entry out of several essays received from the Ethiopian youth community across the Greater Toronto Area. See details. >>
December 9, 2015 -- Bikila Award in collaboration with the University of Toronto presents: A Public Forum for the Establishment of Ethiopic Studies. See details. >>
October 20, 2015 -- The 2015 Bikila Award was held on Saturday, September 26th in Toronto. More than three hundred fifty people gathered from across Canada, USA and Ethiopia to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of twelve winners of the second annual Bikila Award. See details. >>
October 20, 2015 -- On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to welcome everyone to the 2015 Bikila Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner. These awards are a wonderful opportunity to help foster a sense of pride and a spirit of celebration within the Ethiopian Canadian community. See details. >>
March 7, 2015 -- Dr. Taffara Degufe, Director General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation and the first Manager of the State Bank of Ethiopia, passed away on March 6, 2015, at the age of 88 in Vancouver, Canada. See details »
October 2014 -- “Wonderful project and dinner event”, “wonderful award ceremony… absolutely beautiful, gorgeous venue and interesting personalities,” “beyond our expectations” etc are some of the comments we have received from guests of the historic 2014 Bikila Award Gala Dinner. See details. >>
October 2014 -- Eight deserving individules recived their awards. The audience were thrilled to see in person Dr. Taffara Degafe, one of the lead architects of banking and civil aviation in Ethiopia, and hear him talk about his last meeting with Abebe Bikila. See details. >>
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