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Fitawrari Gebeyehu
Born 1868
Shewa, Ethiopia
Died 1896
Adwa, Ethiopia
Allegiance Ethiopian Empire
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.

Early life

Gebeyehu was born in Angolela, in Shewa, Ethiopia. He was born in the same village as Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia.

Military career

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.

Death

Gebeyehu was killed in action in the Battle of Adwa.

Legacy

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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