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First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Doumbia » 30 Sep 2012, 13:00


By Elyas Mulu

Following the unexpected death of Ethiopia’s PM Meles Zenawi, his deputy, Hailemariam Desalegn, is now a Prime Minister. That means Ethiopia now has a new First Family.

Often, behind every leader, there is a loving husband or a wife. And so Wzr. Roman Tesfaye is the newest First Lady of Ethiopia as the wife of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Born in Wolaita, southern Ethiopia, Wzr. Roman holds master’s degrees in Economics and Leadership. Served as economic advisor of South Region’s administration and worked as high level official in Ethiopian Women’s Affairs Ministry and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. Currently, she works for African Union (AU).

Both the Prime Minister and the First Lady follow a protestant denomination known as the Apostolic Church of Ethiopia—the first ever in the country’s long history.

Ethiopia's previous leaders were associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (except communist ex-leader Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam who is an atheist, but raised as Orthodox Christian; ex-PM Meles Zenawi who was also an atheist though he identified himself as Orthodox Christian and publicly attended Orthodox Church events and was photographed kissing the Cross from the ex-Patriarch’s hands; Lij Iyasu who was more like a freethinker and became fond of Islam though he was also raised as Orthodox Christian—his detachment from his upbringing eventually cost him the throne; Emperor Susenyos who converted to Catholicism, but was immediately deposed through a mass uprising and was replaced with his son Emperor Fasilides who supported the public’s revolt and reinstated the indigenous Orthodox Church as the official religion; and, Queen Yodit, an Ethiopian Jew, who destroyed the Aksumite Empire and ruled for forty years until she too was overthrown).

It should be noted that PM Hailemariam Desalegn and First Lady Roman Tesfaye are also the first husband and wife to hail from the South Region as power couple. They have three children, all of them girls.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Dagnachewu » 30 Sep 2012, 13:29


The article didn't mention that Roman was born from Eritrean parents. She has an Eritrean blood, although she was born in Ethiopia. She is like Tesfaye G/Ab and Teddy Afro's wife, and this must be taken in account. Her connection with Eritreans was the reason for her husband to climb the ladder of power so easily.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Genet » 30 Sep 2012, 15:24


God bless. I wish her good luck. She will make a good first lady. Not like that crazy corrupted woman-Azeb Gola.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Lydia » 30 Sep 2012, 15:25


Dagnachew, you are just talking without proof. You say Hailemariam's ascendancy to power easily was because his wife is an Eritrean? That is just non-sense.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Roha » 30 Sep 2012, 17:55


The first lady has grace and I wish the first family happiness and fulfillment in their work. It is a pleasure to see one of our proud Welayta families to lead Ethiopia.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby ProudEthiopian » 30 Sep 2012, 18:35


good to know.

Dagnachewu wrote:The article didn't mention that Roman was born from Eritrean parents. She has an Eritrean blood, although she was born in Ethiopia. She is like Tesfaye G/Ab and Teddy Afro's wife, and this must be taken in account. Her connection with Eritreans was the reason for her husband to climb the ladder of power so easily.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Hailu » 30 Sep 2012, 18:52


I have heard her parents are Eritreans eventhough she was born in Ethiopia. Bereket Simon happen to be fond of her more than Azeb Mesfin only for that reason.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby kitcho » 30 Sep 2012, 23:47


Dagnachewu wrote:The article didn't mention that Roman was born from Eritrean parents. She has an Eritrean blood, although she was born in Ethiopia. She is like Tesfaye G/Ab and Teddy Afro's wife, and this must be taken in account. Her connection with Eritreans was the reason for her husband to climb the ladder of power so easily.


Does anyone give a damn, what her ancestry is. Even if she is Eritrean, the Melese deporting of those people, who prefer to be Eritrea are in their country. On the other hand there are a large number of Eritreans, who decided to stay in their birth place Ethiopia and are Ethiopian, aside from the TPLF mafias, who came to Ethiopia to loot. Hence it is that she is an Ethiopian married to an Ethiopia, who happen to be the Prime minister of Ethiopia.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby tassew » 01 Oct 2012, 07:52


" she works for African Union (AU)."

I thought this useless organization was defunct after the death of the benefactor Gadafi.



Re: First Lady Roman Tesfaye profiled

Postby Arada » 01 Oct 2012, 10:18


Doumbia wrote:By Elyas Mulu


Ethiopia's previous leaders were associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (except communist ex-leader Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam who is an atheist, but raised as Orthodox Christian; ex-PM Meles Zenawi who was also an atheist though he identified himself as Orthodox Christian and publicly attended Orthodox Church events and was photographed kissing the Cross from the ex-Patriarch’s hands;[/b]
.


Why atheist then :roll:

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