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By Yinebeb Bahru

In November 2022, OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence (AI) research institute, released ChatGPT. Since its launch, it has gained immense popularity globally. ChatGPT stands for Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer and has been designed to have conversational interactions with users.

ChatGPT is a strong and user-friendly AI assistant based on OpenAI’s latest GPT-3.5 platform, capable of quickly and accurately writing and coding. Users can communicate in natural language while receiving assistance with writing, coding, and other tasks. Furthermore, they benefit from access to a wide range of powerful tools and features. 

Sadly, ChatGPT is not available in Ethiopia and many other countries. However, thanks to the ingenuity of Ethiopian software engineers and programmers, customized versions of ChatGPT using the GPT-3 API have been developed. These tools allow anyone in Ethiopia to use ChatGPT without the need for a VPN or a foreign SIM card number. 

All of the websites and initiatives mentioned below offer free access to AI-powered solutions to help Ethiopians embrace the AI revolution.


GPT-3, a potent natural language processing model, powers The platform is developed by Garri Logistics, an Addis-based digital freight transport and brokerage company. utilizes sophisticated algorithms to comprehend textual inputs and generate useful results. The website boasts a straightforward user interface that is both user-friendly and cost-free, making it easy to set up and use. What’s more, supports chat communication in Amharic, a feature that is unique to the platform. Notably, unlike other similar customized platforms, is the only platform that offers an Amharic language feature.

2. ShegerAI is a state-of-the-art platform that anyone in Ethiopia can use to leverage the potential of AI. The registration and usage process for this AI platform is simple and free of charge. All you need to do is register with your email address. Once registered, you can log in and explore cutting-edge AI solutions. was developed by Dagmawi Beyene, who has several years of experience in the IT sector and a background in software engineering. He also owns a technology company based in Addis Ababa, known as ShegerAI, that focuses on artificial intelligence.

3. ET-ChatGPT

With the help of ET-ChatGPT, users can engage in natural language conversations with a computer, ask questions, receive responses, and complete tasks. The website was developed by Jason Peters, an technology content creator focused on Ethiopia. Jason runs the website, which is available in both Amharic and English. Most of the website’s content covers technology niches, and Jason shares localized insights there. Additionally, he has become one of Ethiopia’s most popular tech YouTubers.


Yinebeb Bahru is a customer service officer at Awash Bank, and he’s passionate about technology, startups, innovation, Finance, writing analysis, research & development. The writer can be reached at: [email protected]. The views expressed in this article don’t necessarily reflect the views of

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