Born in 1940 (E.C) in Gojjam, third in a family of 6 children . Had his early education in Addis Ababa and vividly recalls the sense of pride he experienced while winning prizes in the c,th and the 6th graces. His early ambition was to be either a farmer or a doctor. His interests include gardening, art, photography and reading. Is keen on visiting the Scandinavian countries. He does not believe in rushing into marriage. He wishes to decide only after carefully screening the characteristics of his future wife. He has still hopes of becoming a medico after retiring from the army.