I'm excited for both Ethiopia and Eritrea right now, they both seem to be on the cusp of better days.
I think pushing them as a potential regional power might be a little premature. I suspect most of the Ethiopians I know would agree.
Who gives a fuck if they used to be an empire, every other ethnic or regional group in the middle east used to be masters of the universe at some point. It was an annoying and pointless to start the piece.