EFSNA announces that its 25th year anniversary will be held in Washington D.C. in 2008. ESFNA board members were given the opportunity to assess the various venues including 5-star Gaylord Hotel, RFK Stadium, D.C. Armory and the Convention Center. Board members heard attractive pitches from potential host cities, Atlanta and the DC-5. In the end the board chose the DC-5 packet in hosting the Silver Anniversary Jubilee.
ESFNA believes that the event will undoubtedly be hugely successful because it has the attributes of an ideal city – it has a large Ethiopian Community estimated at close to 250,000 and a strong Ethiopian Cultural and Business presence including over 200 Ethiopian-owned businesses and over 25 faith organizations. Additionally, the D.C. Metro area is easily accessible to more than 300,000 Ethiopians living within driving distances of cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, New York City, Pittsburgh, Hampton Roads area, North Carolina, Boston, Nashville, Columbus, Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta. There are also direct flights to three major airports for Ethiopians living in Europe and Addis Ababa.
ESFNA board members truly congratulate the efforts by Atlanta and the DC-5 and now officially invite all Ethiopians around the world to be a part of the historical event in the year of the Ethiopian Millennium.