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Documentary film on Ethiopian business tycoon Al-Amoudi to be screened
19 Oct 2007 (ENA-Ethiopian News Agency)
Addis Ababa, 19 October: An Amharic documentary film depicting the outstanding contribution made by the business tycoon Shaykh Muhammad Husayn Al-Amoudi's to the development of the country and his successes in the business world would be screened at the National Theatre next Sunday [21 October], Saabshadday Trading and Promotion Plc said.
The company told ENA [Ethiopian News Agency] on Thursday that Shaykh Muhammad has made an unparalleled contribution to the progress of his native land by shelling out billions of Birr for various investment activities that had enable thousands of people to earn their bread.
The film entitled "Everlasting Love for Mother land" would also depict the commitment of Al-Amoudi towards humanitarian causes and his contribution made to change the wrongly perceived image of the Ethiopia.
Ministers, renowned personalities and invited guests are expected to watch the documentary produced by Honor Ethiopia Company.
The Ethiopian government had earlier awarded Al-Amoudi "First Special Millennium Golden Medal' for his exemplary deeds for the development of Ethiopia and its people.
Ethiopia awards renowned tycoon with millennium medal
14 Sep 2007 (ENA)
Addis Ababa, 14 September: Prime Minister Meles Zenawi awarded Shaykh Muhammad Husayn al-Amoudi, the renowned tycoon, late Thursday [13 September] with the 'first special millennium golden medal' for his exemplary deeds for the development of Ethiopia and its people.
During the awarding ceremony, Meles said Shaykh Muhammad Husayn al-Amoudi is elected as "Special Millennium Person" since the businessman has practically proved his love and sympathy for Ethiopia and its people.
Meles said the shaykh has been launching various investment projects in Ethiopia, even without proving the profitability of the projects, due to his love and sympathy for the country and for the peoples of the nation.
He also contributed a lot for the success of the celebration of the new Ethiopian millennium, according to Meles. The honourable businessman becomes the first to be awarded with the medal, he said, other personalities would also be awarded for their exemplary deeds for the development of the country over the coming one year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Adisu Legese said on his part that Shaykh Muhammad Husayn al-Amoudi is named as "Special Millennium Person" for his extraordinary deeds for the benefit of Ethiopia and its people.
Adisu, who is also head of the national millennium celebration council secretariat, said the national council is jubilant over the celebrations of the millennium through public participation.
"I was awarded and honoured when the Ethiopian government allowed me to invest in my country", the shaykh said, "Let's work together to pull this country out of poverty within the coming five years".
The awarding ceremony followed by a banquet attracted senior government officials, diplomatic corps, and other invited guests.
A documentary film featuring the upbringing of the renowned tycoon was screened after the awarding ceremony.
Ethiopians angered by Sheikh Al-Amoudi's campaign for ruling regime
26 Apr 2005 (Addis Zena, in Amharic)
It has been learnt that Shaykh Muhammad Hussayn al-Amoudi was seen campaigning in front of over 5,000 people wearing a T-shirt with the EPRDF symbol - the bee. In his speech he said he opposes the [opposition] Coalition for Unity and Democracy [CUD] for using the insignia of St George [football club] - the English letter V.
Many were amazed and others angered when they saw Shaykh Al- Amoudi wearing a T-shirt with the EPRDF symbol - the bee, at function to lay the foundation stone for the construction of St George's stadium on last Saturday, 15 Miazia [23 April] at CMC [presumably a name of a place where the venue was]. Some said the campaign made by Shaykh Al-Amoudi and Mr Arkebe [Addis Ababa mayor] for the EPRDF exploiting the situation was very dangerous not only to St George sports club but in general to the development of sport in the country. Especially the comments made by the Shaykh regarding the insignia without mentioning the name of CUD had really angered supporters of the party.
It was learnt that Shaykh Al-Amoudi is going to cover 40m birr [4.6m US dollar] out of the 50m birr required to build the stadium, the rest will be covered by the sport fraternity. At the ceremony senior government officials, Haile Gebreselasea [the athlete] and other renowned dignitaries were in attendance. [Passage omitted: Others present].
One person reacting to Shaykh Al-Amoudi's remarks said that "Although the man adores Ethiopia and Ethiopians adores him as well, his act demonstrates that he has a special relations with the EPRDF and this might affect his popularity in the country". Especially, since he is a foreigner, he should not have acted like that.