Born on 10th September 1951 in a family of three sons and three daughters at Debre Tabor, Tefera had his early education in HSI Secondary School in Gondar. His early ambition was to become a lawyer. His hobbies being hunting and riding, he has done well to join the Army. His favourite author is G.B. Shaw. He is convinced of the virtues of bachelordom. He is fascinated with the idea of leading a hermit’s life. It is only to be hoped that time may alter his views.