Born in 1954 in a poor family in Addis Ababa. It was exactly the year Russian dictator Joseph Stalin died and Hemingway received the Nobel Prize for literature. Educated at the Frech Lycee in Addis. Joned the University in 1974, the year a revolution toppled the last Emperor in my country and st off a proces known as Red Terror/white Terror that has become a theme for one of my books I am actually writing. first draft completed. Freelance journalist on a weekly business newspaper called "Fortune" married to an illeterate rural woman and fathered six children. Prolific both in writing and fatherhood. Published a total of 11 books in my native Amharic.Six short story collections and five novels in all. Bilingual (French and English) and writing in two languages (amharic and English) Perhaps the most important living writer in my country,or ont he way to becoming one. Earns living by wrting weekly columns in Fortune and otehr literary activities such as ding translations. Hard working and optimistic with athletic inclinations and an easy go lucky appraoch to life.