It is also important to bear in mind that Ethiopia is a large country with a large population.
There are clear distinctions between urban vs rural; between rich vs poor; between highland populations and lowland populations; between people who depend on agriculture as a way of life and the pastoral way of life.
Of late there has also been more emphasis placed on one’s ethnic origin—the emphasis being on one’s distinctness as Oromo, or Amhara, or Tigrean, or Somali etc.
However, many do not like these distinctions, as they realize the dangers of pulling apart their nation.
As is the case in every society, Ethiopians come from different ethnic, family background, life style, education and work experience and individuals have their unique characteristics.
However most Ethiopians are very welcoming, friendly, generous and respectful and expect the same in return.
Most Ethiopians seem to be indifferent, at least in public, about politics.
However, it is possible your comments might be taken as criticism.
Most of the time a topic for discussion will depend on the age and gender of the person and the popular topic in the city or the country. Ethiopians tend to exhibit traditional values—they are conservative and modest. Ethiopians generally pride themselves as a culture of hospitality (ie., the traditional coffee ceremony).
However, my frank and straightforward opinion on the issue of any relationship is, if it is strong enough a relationship, it should be able to stand such burdens and strains.
And I must tell you, there are plenty of Ethiopian guys who date someone from another country.
They offer the best they can afford and give priority to their guest.
For example, in most cases, Ethiopians will not take a seat before their guests.