Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What the Italians did for the Ethiopians...

"Did you know???..."
Soooooooo IF YOUR ITALIAN and you ever happen to be BEST FRIENDS WITH AN ETHIOPIAN, you'll find out these RANDOM bits of trivia about your Italian Heritage, that you never really cared to know before. 
Liiiiiiiiike for example, your just going about your day, minding your own business, being proud of your Italian heritage, and you hear, "YOU GUYS TRIED TO COLONIZE US!!!" Oh ummm...We did??? "Tried, you guys, TRIED to colonize us, but did NOT succeed!"
Yes, it's TRUE, according to WIKIPEDIA, I am ashamed to say, that us Italians, DID indeed TRY to colonize the Ethiopians. " in 1896, Ethiopia defeated the Italian colonial army in the Battle of Adwa. This victory signaled the decline of European colonialism in Black Africa." Ethiopia is the ONLY African country that has NEVER been colonized. 
"...Weeeeeeeeeeelllll NOW YOU DO, annnnnnnnnd don't you FORGET IT!!!" (AIO BTV quote;)
Then she goes on to tell me that the Italian invasion is the reason WHY Italian food is actually quite well known in Ethiopia. Plus, many of the Italians stayed and married amongst the Ethiopian people and there are actually quite a lot of Ethiopian-Italians. Also, many Ethiopians, her mom included, know how to make Italian food, sometimes made as separate dishes and sometimes integrated in with Ethiopian spices and dishes. Once again, according to WIKIPEDIA, it's called Italian Eritrean Cuisine. 
I'm like, sooooooo...
we didn't colonize them,
We DID teach
them how WE cook!!!
That's an Italian for you!!!
Liiiiiiike,(Get ready for my amazing rendition of an Italian accent...bahahaaaa)OH, you don't-a want-a us to-a take-a over your-a country, eh?! Weeeeeelllll-a, how about-a some-a lasagna instead-a, EH?! AHAHAHAHAAAA!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)