UNITY means being united or joined as a whole.Why ethiopian govt. selects unity park as its name? Because unity will accelerate the development and modernization of the the country. The current rising separatism and conflicts based on ethnicity and religion (especially ethnicity) have hindered the development progress. The details of the design interprets UNITY from different perspectives, such as the tightly fist-shaped african map, the history of Judaism, Oriental Orthodox, Indigenous religion, Islam and Protestantism, the achievements by a succession of rulers, and the exhibition of pavilions and cultural relics of amhara, oromo, tigrayans, somali people etc. UNITY is the theme throughout the park.
We chinese say that all ethnic groups could be together like seeds of a pomegranate, ethiopians say being together like a doubled fist. Different interpretations for the same idea.
Addis Ababa means New Flower in Amharic and Unity Park located in the city is a real garden indeed. The Park is founded on the site of Grand Palace of Emperor Menelik II and consists of repaired Palace Complex, Throne Hall, Banquet Hall, Black Lion Zoo, Indigenous Plant, Regional Pavilions and Unity Zoo.