Negasso Gidada, Ethiopian politician, Died at 75

Negasso Gidada Solon Amharic was born on September 3, 1943, and died on April 27, 2019; he was an Ethiopian politician.

Mr Negasso was the President of Ethiopia from 1995 unto 2001. He was the son of Gidada Solon, one of the first local ministers of a Protestant church in the Dembidolo region in western Ethiopia.

He held a doctorate in social history from the Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main and was a part-time lecturer of history at Addis Ababa University.

The title of his doctoral thesis is “History of the Sayyoo Oromo of Southwestern Wallaga, Ethiopia, from about 1730 to 1886”. Negasso was married to Regina Abelt, a German nurse and midwife.

Being the First Lady of Ethiopia while holding the German Citizenship earned Abelt considerable, yet unpopular, attention by the German and European tabloid press.

In marked contrast, Regina Abelt was virtually invisible in Ethiopia and never enjoyed the official title of First Lady which was instead used by the wife of the Prime Minister.

Negasso Gidada passed away in Germany on April 27, 2019, after battling health issues.