Born in 1941 (E.C.) at Gojjam in a family of eleven children, Bewketu Kassa had his education at Negus Tekle Haimanot and Prince Bedemariam Secondary Schools. His early ambition was to become an Air Force Pilot. He is fond of swimming and is a regular move-goer. He wants to visit Japan and West Germany for whose people he has profound admiration. He does not entertain the idea of marriage till at least two years after graduation. he expects his future wife to provide him a happy home.