• The Axum-Denver relationship began when Daniel Yohannes, the late Councilman Hiawatha Davis, Tsegaye Hailu, and others prepared an application for Axum to become Denver’s ninth sister city.
  • After nearly 20 years of civil war and recurring drought and famine, the city of Axum needed peace loving people from around the world to reach out and embrace it.
  • Recognizing the many similarities between Axum and Denver, the relationship evolved into a natural fit. Axum was a gateway between the east and west, as Denver is becoming today. Economic well-being in both cities came from natural resources and dedication to the environment.
  • On January 20, 1995, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb signed the proclamation and declared the day as Axum Day. On November 12, Mayor Webb, First Lady Wilma Webb, Lieutenant Governor Gail Schoettler, and Daniel Yohannes led a delegation of ten prominent officials and business leaders on a visit to Axum. The people of Axum turned out in mass lining the streets of the city and giving the delegation a royal welcome. To commemorate the occasion, a Denver Street was named in the middle of Axum.