Born in 1941 (E.C) at Tulu Bullo, one in a family of nine children, Kebede had his education in H.S.I. Secondary School, Kotebe. His initial inclination was towards the legal profession, but later switched over to soldiering. He has no interest in visiting foreign lands. About marriage, he has not yet made up his mind about when he should marry. He has firm views on the type of girls he wishes to have. She should be a charming girl of eood personality with a frank disposition. He earnestly hopes to achieve distinction as an artillery officer.