April 21, 2006
Angelina to buy Ethiopia
There is nothing I can write to add to this story. All that is left to do is to copy, paste, sit back and wonder.
Angelina Jolie buying own country - BANG Showbiz 21 Apr 06
Angelina Jolie is buying her own country to help impoverished Africans.
The 'Tomb Raider' star, who is currently pregnant with boyfriend Brad Pitt's child, is buying Richard Branson's man-made version of Ethiopia, located in Dubai.
The British business tycoon is having 300 country-shaped luxury island developments built, to form a map of the world.
Thanks to EthioBlog for finding it first.
Posted by aheavens at April 21, 2006 8:09 PM
Actually, Andrew, there is one more thing you can add to the story - a bird's eye view picture of these islands would be great for those who never had a chance to catch the national geographic special on the whole project.
Posted by: Wegesha at April 21, 2006 8:39 PM
this source did not get the facts right: Branson is not the developer! See details on the project here: http://www.nakheel.ae/
Cheers from Dubai
Posted by: Jochen at April 22, 2006 6:42 AM
On second thoughts, Andrew, this story may just have been invented by/for the glamour press. Dubai never misses an occasion to market itself, however, there was nothing in the press here on the subject (I just did a search on the websites of the major local papers here) nor is Angelina Jolie listed in the celebrity section of Nakheel (the developer).
Just the inaccurate reporting that Richard Branson is the developer of "The World" (he only bought one island... but made a marketing exercise out of it) makes me wonder how real the rest of the story is. But it is a nice story, either way.
Cheers from Dubai
Posted by: Jochen at April 22, 2006 9:51 AM
The World is this super luxurious island destination in Dubai. For those who dont know where Dubai is, I stopped over when serving in Iraq - its this rich ass Vegas in Arabia like city.
I found their website at www.theworld.ae
Posted by: rockstar at April 22, 2006 10:23 AM
This kind of thing just fills me with rage and disgust!
Posted by: sokari at April 24, 2006 8:50 AM
I'm curious to know how Ms Jolie hopes her country to become a paradise for Africans trough fair trade. She's just bought a land locked country, which I'm sure isn't big enough for a proper airport, won't have a functioning railway and in an effort to overcome these barriers against trade prompt small arguments with it's neighbours. Someone should warn perspective buyers of her neighbouring countries.
It does appaet to have not truth behind it though.
Posted by: Bert at April 24, 2006 6:05 PM
Yeah Bert, if Ethiopia did putout in the century before last, she would've at least a long shore of the redsea to herself. I mean colonizers were gonna leave Africa alone sooner or later and Ethiopia would've been more like in the pre-1991 world map today.
Ethiopia's only sin that made her landlocked seems to be resisting; not that others didn't resist European colonization back then but the fact that Ethiopia unfortunately succeeded. I wonder why so many of Africa's nation's flags look like Ethiopia's flag. There could've been little countries along the shores of Indian ocean, the Redsea and the Atlantic have those African countries done what Ethiopia did in 1896.
Posted by: Shemsedin Shemsu at April 29, 2006 8:24 AM
Ms Jolie is not buying the real Ethiopia! Ethiopia is a sovereign nation remember? Africans haven't sold their souls to that extent yet. Get real people!
Posted by: Abesha neign! at May 2, 2006 3:16 PM
Africans have sold their souls twice over dear. It is just that the buyers are interested only in the milk and not in the cow, that you do not see people owning African countries. Actualy leaders borrow so much money from the world bank (much of it looted by the leaders themselves) that the country belongs to the people in name only.
Posted by: Mamitu Geremew at May 6, 2006 6:53 PM
It's hard to tell what is and isn't true on the internet, but keep a skeptical eye out for possible rumors. People Magazine claims the story is not true:
Posted by: margarita at May 20, 2006 1:30 AM
Let's not even start on the debt subject please. Our leaders do not, fortunately or not, represent what the people aspire to Mamitu.
Posted by: Abesha neign! at June 11, 2006 1:53 PM