Like Aksum, unassuming, urban Adwa (አድዋ) belies its status. For Ethiopians the town holds huge significance. It was in the dramatic mountains surrounding Adwa that Emperor Menelik II inflicted the biggest defeat ever on a colonial army in Africa, thus saving Ethiopia from colonisation. Later, many key figures in the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) came from Adwa, including long-time prime minister Meles Zenawi. Even so, Adwa is very missable.
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