The interior of the new club, Yougovia, is spacious and painted with vibrant colors (Photo: AddisFortune.com)

The interior of the new club, Yougovia, is spacious and painted with vibrant colors (Photo: AddisFortune.com)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - It was on January 26, 2013 that Yougovia Club and Lounge came to the Addis Abeba night club scene after much preparation. The first branch located in Hawassa, 273Km from the capital, opened 13 years ago, and is still going strong.

The success and the popularity gained there, made it possible to open a second branch in the basement of Sheger Building on Namibia Street near Bole Medhanealem.

The owner, Birhan Tedla, named the club “Yougovia” from a story his brother-in-law told him, of how when the Italians left Mehal Meda in Amhara Region, they said yougovia, we leave you even as we love you.

Historical accuracy aside, Birhan fell in love with the word and made it the name for his first night club in Hawassa.

Birhan has other businesses including Oasis International Hotel, a 40 bedroom three-star hotel, which he established with a capital of 30 million Br along Lake Hawassa, and Texas Music Store, located in the same town.

Yougovia occupies the sprawling 952sqm basement of Sheger Building, making it one of the biggest clubs in the city, hosting 700 to 1,000 people at a time, according to Birhan. He says he spent four million Birr in two months on maintenance, design and furnishing. Birhan is paying a 60,000 Br monthly rent for the place, which he intends to rent for various events such as weddings and birthday parties.

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