The Year of Loss, Grief
The past yr witnessed the loss of outstanding Ethiopian visionaries, artists and athletes. They have left a big influence on the nation and its youth as an entire. Their works and contributions have inspired many prior to now and can proceed to inspire the longer term generations. The nation has been grieving the loss of artists resembling Tesfaye Sahlu, Solomon Lulu and just lately, visionaries like Wolday Amha. ABEL WABELLA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, takes a glance at their lives and achievements to commemorate them.
The previous yr witnessed the loss of outstanding Ethiopian visionaries, artists and athletes. They have left a big impression on the nation and its youth as an entire. Their works and contributions have impressed many up to now and will continue to inspire the longer term generations. The nation has been grieving the loss of artists reminiscent of Tesfaye Sahlu, Solomon Lulu and lately, visionaries like Wolday Amha. ABEL WABELLA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, takes a look at their lives and achievements to commemorate them.
October 11, 2016
A public servant and notable political figure, Hailu Shawel (Eng.) was born in Kebena area of Addis Abeba in 1936. He attended his main and secondary schooling on the Menelik II faculties. After he graduated from Detroit based mostly Wayne State College, he had served the nation in several obligations. He was a chief hydrologist within the Blue Nile Investigation Venture and had performed a managerial position in Ethiopian Roads Authority, Sugar Firms and Farms later to be promoted because the Minister for State Farms Improvement. Shell International and Shawel Consult, the companies he had shaped after he give up serving the general public, have been his involvements in the personal sector.
He joined politics beneath the mentorship of Asrat Woldeyes (Prof.). After his guide was arrested and passed away, he took the leadership of United Amhara Individuals’s Social gathering. After his social gathering modified its get together identify to All Ethiopian Unity Get together (AEUO), he was profitable in attracting tens of millions to his celebration from everywhere in the country. The Celebration turned a big member celebration when Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) Celebration, a.okay.a Kinjit was shaped, and Hailu took the chairmanship. The father of six, Hailu, has passed away on October 6 and was laid to relaxation on October 11.2016, on the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Abeba.
December 6, 2016
A Politician, Tesfaye Dinka was born in 1939, in Ambo town of Oromia Regional State. After his elementary schooling in Ambo, he attended the Common Wingate Secondary Faculty. He earned his Master’s diploma from Syracuse College and a bachelor’s degree from the American University in Beirut.
Tesfaye was one of probably the most highly educated officials of the army government. He served in several ministerial place including the Overseas Minister and Prime Minister. His speech in help of United Nation’s decision in the first Gulf Conflict put a lot impression within the eyes of worldwide group. He represented Ethiopian authorities in London Conference which was deliberate to finish the civil struggle. However He didn’t take part within the conference as a result of the government misplaced management of military models and the Mediator US Assistant Secretary, Assistant Herman J. Cohen urged Ethiopian Individuals’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) forces to watch the capital and establish management.
In his exile, he labored for the World Financial institution and other businesses. He lived for years in the U.S. and was a Senior Advisor to the International Coalition for Africa, an organisation devoted to the financial improvement of Africa. He wrote a e-book entitled ‘ETHIOPIA: During the Derg Years’ earlier than he died on December 6, 2016, in Fairfax, Virginia, aged 77, and is survived by his spouse, 4 youngsters, and four grandchildren.
December 21, 2016
A company lawyer, Teshome Gebremariam was born in Adama (Nazareth) of Oromia Regional State, in 1930. He was a Graduate of McGill College in Canada, the place he acquired a Grasp’s diploma in Comparative Regulation; he had worked because the principal legal advisor of the Ethiopian Airlines, and the Government Assistant to its Common Manager. He was the primary native Ethiopian Lawyer Common and Minister of State at the Ministry of Mines & Power. In collaboration with Ketema Yifru and Kifle Wodajo, they drafted the charter of Group of African Unity (OAU) at the time of its formation.
He was arrested for 9 years underneath army government, although neither charged nor convicted of any crime. He was the first witness for the prosecution through the trial of members of the Dergue who stood trial in 1996. He testified that he and lots of others have been imprisoned in the cellar of the Grand Palace.
Immediately after his release from jail, he served Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs as a legal marketing consultant, then he established a personal regulation firm. He was a member of worldwide regulation societies such as the International Barrister’s Association, and the Ethiopian Legal professionals’ Association. He had been working with international corporations who have an investment in Ethiopia and United nation’s undertaking to help the mining sector in Africa. Teshome passed away during a business journey to Namibia, on his birthday. His spouse, a daughter and a granddaughter survive him.
February 16, 2017
A Renowned Scholar of Ethiopian Studies, Richard Pankhurst was born in England on December three, 1927. Pankhurst (PhD) studied at Bancroft’s Faculty in Woodford, then at the London Faculty of Economics, from where he acquired a doctorate in Financial History. Richard has obtained his ardour for Ethiopia from his mother, Sylvia Pankhurst, a champion of ladies’s proper movement in Britain and campaigned towards Italian fascist aggression on Ethiopia by writing several publications. When his mother moved to Ethiopia, she introduced him together with his spouse.
His time spent writing about and learning Ethiopian tradition, politics and historical past ultimately sparked in him a passion for activism. Much of his time until the top of his life was devoted to campaigning for the return of artefacts looted from Ethiopia throughout numerous invasions, or being bought in market stalls to vacationers. He was successful in bringing again the obelisk of Axum from Italy but did not do the identical to Ethiopian treasures looted after the battle of Meqdela.
He was the founding director of Ethiopian studies. He was a co-founder of the Journal of Ethiopian Research and co-edited it for many years. He wrote and edited greater than 40 books solely on Ethiopian associated problem. He died of Parkinson’s illness on February 16, 2017. He was given a state funeral on February 21, 2017, on the Holy Trinity Cathedral church in Addis Ababa, subsequent to his mom. His spouse, his two youngsters, and grandchildren survive him.
April 23, 2017
A politician and author, Assefa Chabo was born in Chencha, within the Gamo Gofa Zone of the Southern Nations Nationalities & Peoples’ Regional State. A graduate of Regulation from Haile Selassie I University, his look before the 1972 Phillip C. Jessup Worldwide Regulation Moot Courtroom Competition was one of the milestones in his educational career. Together with his workforce members, Goshu Wolde (later Colonel and now dwelling in the US) and Abdul Wasie Yusuf, he gained the Greatest Memorial title, regardless that they have been runners up in the Jessup World Cup Championship.
He was a determine to reckon with within the nation’s two missed opportunities; 1974 and 1991. He has maintaineda temporary friendship with the previous state leaders Mengistu Hailemariam (Col) and Meles Zenawi. Unfortunately, He had served eight years of imprisonment throughout Dergue and exiled in the time of transition authorities after EPRDF came to energy.
Although his guide titled “Yetizita Feleg”, actually translated ‘threads of nostalgia’ and his social media visibility launched him to the new era his writing expertise, as a wordsmith he is unarguably prolific. After 20 years of exile life in the US, he died on April 23, 2017. Three youngsters and 9 grandchildren survive Assefa.
April 7, 2017
A war-hero and Patriot, Jagama Kello was born within the Ginchi space of Shewa, 81km from Addis Abeba. Just earlier than the Second World Struggle had absolutely surfaced and the Italian fascist forces invaded Ethiopia, Jagama was a 15 yr previous boy. His youth did not fool him to trade his liberty for nothing. He went to the bush together with his peers with out having weapons; the one armed man in the group was Jagama’s elder brother. They turned specialists in ambushing Italian troops, and their fame turned widespread not only amongst Patriots at that time but in addition among the invaders. In a single surprise assault, that they had managed to kill 72 Italian troopers and captured three,000 rifles.
After Italy was defeated, Jagama started his lengthy and successful army career. He was very loyal to the Emperor, and had played a key position in reversing a coup d’état conspired by Neway brothers. Wounded many occasions, surviving a helicopter crash and lots of different wartime patriotic acts have been his adventures in Ethiopia-Somalia struggle. He led the mission to crush Bale rebel successfully and made stability with out a lot bloodshed. He retired from the army with a rank of Lieutenant Basic. His wife Aster, his 5 daughters, five grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren survive him.
December 22, 2016
An Olympic medalist Athlete, Miruts Yifter was born in Adigrat, within the Tigray Regional State of Ethiopia. In the earlier part of his adolescence Miruts labored in several factories and as a carriage driver. His operating capability was exposed when he joined Ethiopian Air Pressure.
He confirmed off his gifted legs to the world in 1971 when he ran in the first United States-Pan Africa Meet, in North Carolina, US. Then, he appeared in Munich 1972 and gained a bronze medal in 10,000m long distance race, though he failed to seem within the 5,000m race. He was arrested for months as a result of the authorities on the time took it as an indication of malingering. Fortuitously, he had the privilege to proceed his training in jail.
When he was getting ready for Montreal Olympics 1976, he learnt that Ethiopia had boycotted the sport because of Worldwide Olympic Committee’s failure to ban pro-apartheid New Zealand, the Olympic staff at the moment.
Throughout Moscow Olympics, he gained double gold medals in a method the world had never seen earlier than. His tactic of accelerating in the ultimate laps of the race was the rationale behind his extensively recognized identify, Yifter the Shifter. He was part of the gold-medal-winning group on the 1982 and 1983 Worldwide Cross-Nation Championships.
Later in the 1990s, He was faraway from nationwide staff teaching job, fled to Canada and claimed safety forces physically abused him. He engaged in athletic coaching in his exile life. Miruts died on the age of 72 on account of respiratory illnesses. Miruts had seven youngsters, most of whom reside outdoors Ethiopia.
April 27, 2017
Renowned Astrophysicist, Legesse Wetro (PhD) was born in Arsi Negele, in the Oromia Regional State. He began his main schooling in Asella. After he studied physics at Bedemariam Elite Faculty at Addis Ababa University (AAU), he taught in Nifas Silk Secondary Faculty for two years. After incomes two Masters at AAU and University of Sheffield, England, Legesse did his PhD from the College of California in Astrophysics.
His outstanding educational performance attracted many scientific journals to publish his researches. He was the Founder of Ethiopian Area Science Society (ESSS) and founding member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, African Astronomical Society, African and Ethiopian Physical Societies.
One of his notable achievements as an Astrophysicist was solving the issue of geomagnetic area reversals that had been lingering for more than 4 centuries in the educational circle. After returning house, he taught at Addis Ababa College and began producing a radio program on the nation’s first FM station. This program has launched him to the broader public. The lead scientist in theoretical pulsar astrophysics died on April 27, 2017, and his funeral was held at Peter and Paul Church, Addis Ababa. His spouse and three youngsters survive him.
July 17, 2017
A Journalist and Writer, Negash Gebre-Mariam was born in Wollo, Amhara Regional state. He had grown up in Harar, went to high school in Chiro, a.okay.a Asebe Teferi.
He began working at a mission faculty in Jimma. Later, whereas working for the US Info Service, he acquired a chance to review journalism at Montana University, in the US. Henceforward, after working in The Ethiopian Herald for a yr, he transferred to Addis Zemen. Negash grabbed the credit of coining the Amharic equal for the word ‘editorial’ after consulting with well-known Geez scholar, Leke Seyouman Aklilu.
After that he was enrolled in lots of workplaces till he was pressured to retire at the age of 52. Negash was additionally proud of choice. Basic Supervisor of the Ethiopian Information Company (ENA), Appearing Head of the state radio and television are some of posts he had assumed.
On his taking away, he wrote the extensively recognized, satirical play ‘Ye Azawintoch Kebeb’ taking his jobless, educated gang circle as an inspiration. Negash enjoyed dwelling together with his family within the remaining chapter of his life. Finally, cancer gained over the formidable journalist on the age 90. His wife and his two youngsters survived him.
June 05, 2017
National group striker, Assged Tesfaye was born in Dire Dawa, in 1970. He was educated in his hometown. He started his soccer career in th Dire Dawa Metropolis Coca cola staff. Henceforth, he performed for the nation’s greater football clubs; Ethiopia Insurance coverage FC, St. George FC Ethiopian, and Ethiopian Coffee FC for 16 years.
He was one of probably the most profitable strikers the country had ever seen. Some of his followers didn’t blink their eyes refering to him as Ethiopia’s Romario. Regardless that Ethiopia didn’t register vital beneficial outcomes at his peak time, he obtained an opportunity to point out his talent to the continent, Africa. He was the very best objective scorer within the 23rd CECAFA Cup championship; He holds a document of scoring 5 objectives in a single recreation in CAF Champions League. After he give up enjoying soccer within the main tournaments, Asseged targeted on youth coaching and advising the nationwide group’s technical committee. He was laid to rest in Sealite Mihret St. Mary Church on June 05, 2017. His spouse and his son survive Assged.
Tekalign Mamo (Prof.)
Septemeber 08, 2017
Soil Scientist, Tekalign Mamo (Prof.) was born in Neqemte, Oromia Regional State, 318Km from Addis Abeba, in 1956. First, he attended Haramaya University to review Plant Science. He did his MSc & PhD in Soil Chemistry and Soil Fertility on the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
He played a managerial position when Ethiopia rehabilitated greater than 15 million hectares of degraded land via a profitable community-based participatory watershed improvement technique. Professor Tekalign was additionally answerable for conceiving and recommending a countrywide digital soil fertility survey of agricultural land, the Ethiopian Soil Info System (EthioSIS), which is probably the most advanced soil fertility mapping on the African continent.
He has revealed over 75 scientific papers and ebook chapters in peer-reviewed journals regionally and abroad. He has acquired a number of awards for his outstanding contribution to enhancing soil health and natural useful resource bases in Ethiopia, benefiting over 11 million smallholder farmers. He went to England to get medical remedy. Sadly, he couldn’t make it. His funeral was held at Holy Trinity Cathedral on this Saturday, September 9, 2017. His wife and his two daughters survive him.
Tesfaye Sahlu a.okay.a Ababa Tesfaye
July 31, 2017
A Singer, actor, choreographer, storyteller, musician, lyricist, youngsters’s ebook author and magician, Tesfaye Sahilu was born in Bale in Oromia Regional State in 1924. Tesfaye Sahlu, now higher recognized by the identify of his famous TV character Ababa Tesfaye, was educated in Genir Bale, Harer and Kokebe Tsibah Faculty, Addis Abeba.
He had began his professional inventive profession employed in Metropolis Corridor Theatre & Cultural Centre in Addis Abeba as an actor. He passionately performed characters of all kinds in performs like “Ha Hu Be Sidist Wor” and “Oedipus.” Since that point he has performed in additional than 70 theatres, in some, as an actress to cowl the scarcity of feminine artists at that point.
Tesfaye who had served in United Nations forces within the Korean Struggle, a.okay.a Kagnew Battalion was a Jack-of-all-trades. He was awarded three golden watches from the final king of the nation. The youngsters’s TV present he had been presenting within the state media, has served as a source of leisure and moral values for more than a era. On his retirement, he wrote four youngsters’s books. Ababa Tesfaye died on the age of 96, and his funeral was carried out at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on August 2, 2017.
Aug 08, 2017
The Father of Ethiopian Tourism, Habte-Selassie Taffesse was born in Addis Abeba in 1927. He had grown up with two different households along with his biological mother and father. He began his main schooling and studied the Greek language in Greece. After learning English, Spanish and French in Alexandria, egypt he went to Carlton School in Northfield, Minnesota and graduated in Authorities & International Relations.
He served in Ministry of Overseas Affairs for a while, and with a direct order of the Emperor Haile Selassie, he established the Ethiopian Tourism out of the blue with restricted assets. He launched duty-free outlets, and the capital he generated from it helped him increase the actions of the tourism commission. He is also the creator of national tourism model ‘Thirteen months of Sunshine’ which served the nation properly in the promotion. The tour package deal crafted by him gave probability to guests to see the sources of the Nile, Lake Tana, Gonder, Lalibela and Axum in a single journey. In any case these extraordinary contributions to the nation, Habte-Selassie spent greater than eight years in jail beneath the Derg regime.
The pioneer of tourism in Ethiopia was buried at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, on Sunday at 11:00 am. Two sons and a daughter survive Habte-Selassie Taffesse.
August 29, 2017
Knowledgeable musician, Solomon Lulu began his musical life in class bands and have become one of the first three graduates of Yared Faculty of Music (YSM). He did his masters in Bulgaria & Russia. When he returned residence from Russia, he worked as a composer, performer, and a instructor. He served YSM in several obligations including Director and Dean of the varsity several occasions. The symphonies he composed acquired a wider publicity at house and overseas.
After Ethiopia has passed by means of radical regime change, Ethiopian athletes have been able to go Barcelona Olympics in 1992. It appeared the national anthem was unfit for the present stature of the nation. The transitional government decided to recompose the nationwide anthem as soon as attainable. This big duty fell on the shoulders of two Ethiopians. While Dereje Melaku wrote, the lyrics, Solomon Lulu composed and arranged the music. Starting from the Olympic medal athletes, multiple era has grown up chanting this composition. He was buried on August 29, 2017, at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Gebru Mersha (PhD)
February 11, 2017
Defiant Marxist Scholar, Gebru Mersha (PhD) was born in Guraghe Zone, Ezja Wereda, within the Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ Regional State. He had his main schooling in Bishoftu and Ambo. He studied Political Science and International Relations at Addis Ababa University (AAU) along with the leaders of Ethiopian scholar movement.
Gebru was recruited for Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), previously referred to as Freeway Authority. Later, when the Cupboard of Endalkachew Mekonnen made some reforms to please the public, it had assigned Gebru as a Governor of Haykochina Butajira District. Then, he fled to Assimba, rural elements of Tigray Regional State and became the commander of the guerrilla fighters of his celebration, Ethiopian Individuals’s Revolutionary Social gathering (EPRP). When the military was dispersed as a result of several attacks, Gebru exiled to Holland, studied his masters and later completed his PhD at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He returned house and have become a lecturer after the regime change.
Gebru has proved that his conviction on Marxism is unshakable in all walks of life. His comrades and students comply with name him an advocate for Ladies’s right, the staunch supporter of the Palestinian trigger, a critique of the World Financial institution, IMF, NGOs, Liberalism and Neoliberalism. Capitalism didn’t break Gebru, but Alzheimer’s did, on February 11, 2017. His funeral was held on February 12, 2017, on the Entoto Kidane Mihret Church. Two daughters and a grandchild survive Gebru.
April 18, 2017
Renowned detective tales writer, Yilma Habteyes, was born in Addis Abeba, in 1938. After attending traditional church faculty, he went to Lycée Guébré-Mariam Faculty. He studied Laboratory Science. He was capable of strengthen his coaching at residence and abroad in Sweden. He started his skilled career in Ras Desta Hospital. He then worked at Ethio- Swedish Pediatric Clinic until he retired.
In his five many years of authorship, Yilma has managed to put in writing 16 highly celebrated novels and seven TV dramas. The era who has grown up consuming his detective tales referred to as him “Ethiopia’s Agatha Christie” by contemplating his contribution to Ethiopian Literature. Yilma has gone away leaving his stories in the minds of his readers, at the age of 79. The funeral was held on April 19, 2017, at Asko Saint Gabriel Church. A daughter and spouse survive Yilma.
Wolday Amha (PhD)
September 07, 2017
A renowned economist, Wolday Amha (PhD) was born in Hawzen, Tigray Regional State. He had acquired M.Sc in Economics Improvement & Planning from Addis Ababa University and PhD in Agricultural Economics (agricultural advertising) on the Technical University of Berlin.
College Lecturer, Advisor at Ministry of Agriculture, Board of Administrators on the Business Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), President of Tigray Improvement Association (TDA) have been some of the obligations he had completed prior to now. He has served Ethiopian Economic Affiliation as a President for 4 years. He was Member of the Nationwide Advisory Committee to advertise the export of agricultural merchandise in Ethiopia. He was Editor of Microfinance Improvement Evaluation.
Wolday has revealed and edited many educational journal articles, books in areas of finance, economics, poverty reduction and agriculture in Ethiopia. Earlier than a automotive accident took his life, he was serving as an government director of the Affiliation of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions. The funeral of Wolday was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church on September 9, 2017. His three youngsters survived Wolday.