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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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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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