Fitawrari Gebeyehu facts for kids
|Years of service||1868–1896|
|Rank||Lord Protector of the Crown|
|Battles/wars||First Italo-Ethiopian War|
Fitawrari Gebeyehu popularly referred to by his "horse-name" አባ ጎራ, was an accomplished Ethiopian military commander and lord protector of the crown. He played a leading role in several important battles of Ethiopian history.
Gebeyehu was born in Angolela, in Shewa, Ethiopia. He was born in the same village as Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia.
Gebeyehu was Fitawrari (Army Commander, a military and aristocratic title). He played a leading role in several important battles of Ethiopian history. He made his reputation at the Battle of Amba Alaje (also known as Amba Alage or Amba Alagi) and later at the Battle of Adwa. In the Battle of Adwa, he commanded 5,000 riflemen, 15,000 spearmen, and 3,000 cavalry.
Gebeyehu was killed in action in the Battle of Adwa.
A street in Addis Ababa is named after Gebeyehu. He is still known for his military skills.
- pp. 7f; Bahru Zewde, A History of Modern Ethiopia, second edition (London: James Currey, 2001), pp. 132f
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