Born in 1939 (E.C) at Illubabor Sube, one of hamily of seven children, Assefa had his ealry education at Haile Selassie I Secondary School, Gore. His earliest ambition was to get an engineering degree. He is interested in foot-ball, tennis and basket ball. He wants to visit West Germany. His views on marriage have not crystallised as yet. He hopes to settle down to farming after retirement.