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Heartfelt condolences and prayers

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.


Bikila Award Announced the 2018 Award Winners and Guest Speakers

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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Bikila Award Board Members Selected to Receive the 2018 Arbor Award

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.

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A Visionary is Mourned: Tamrat Gebeyehu

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.

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Bikila Award Presents: 2018 Community Dialogue

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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The 2018 Bikila Youth Leadership Conference

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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Professor Edemariam Tsega's Passed Away

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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Together We Can Create a Proud Legacy

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.

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The 2017 Bikila Award Ceremony Recap

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. 

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2017 Bikila Award Essay Contest

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.

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The 3rd Bikila Youth Leadership Conference

May 15, 2017 -- The 3rd Youth Leadership Conference and Essay contest was held on Sunday, May 14th. It was a great success!

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Remembering a True Friend of Ethiopia – Dr. Richard Pankhurst

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!

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University of Toronto is now one of the only places in the world where students can learn Ge’ez

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. 

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Farewell to the Great Athlete: Miruts Yifter

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.

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Bikila Lottery winning tickets

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.


The 3rd Bikila Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner was a tremendous success

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.

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The First Bikila Barefoot Challenge was a blast

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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The 2016 Bikila Youth Leadership Conference

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. >>

2016 Bikila Award Essay Contest Winners

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. >>

A Public Forum scheduled for the Establishment of Ethiopic Studies

December 9, 2015 -- Bikila Award in collaboration with the University of Toronto presents: A Public Forum for the Establishment of Ethiopic Studies. See details. >>

The Second Annual Bikila Award was a great success!

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. >>

The 2015 Bikila Award Winners

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. >>

Greetings from the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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. >>

The passing of a pioneer

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 »

Bikila Award Celebration and Dinner Gala Recap

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. >>

The 2014 Bikila Award Winners

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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