Afetarik means oral history, originally based on actual events and diluted or changed over time. Its validity can be challenged with the passing of time due to an absence of reliably written evidence. Afetarik carries the beauty of a community’s memory as interpreted by its population over decades and centuries. Afetarik's existence is challenged by the passing of time due to the absence of written record and evidence that keeps it alive.
Since its establishment in 1886, and its progress from a town to the capital city of Ethiopia between 1889 and 1891, Addis Abeba continues to flourish to accommodate its growing population. As its quarters and neighborhoods have expanded over the years, so have their names evolved, and taken on the stories of those who inhabit them. The history behind the naming of Addis Abeba’s neighborhoods (especially its older quarters) have yet to be publicly documented and are more often shared among families and neighboring communities in the form of anecdotes. This website is an opportunity for Addis-Abebawians to participate in the documentation of their own oral history.