Ten interesting facts about the Wolayta

Ten interesting facts about the Wolayta –

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Ethiopia is a nation of nations and much spotlight publicity lately has been on one particular group–the Wolayta people–which happens to be the background of Ethiopia’s new Prime Minster. …

— At least one reference suggests the word Wolayta means mixed. — The Wolayta people number around two million people, making up two percent of the population of Ethiopia, where they and inhabitt a region of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples(SNNP). — The Wolayta language is classified as being Omotic. A written alaphabet was introduced in the 1940s by the Serving Interior Mission and later revised with the introducing of the New testament in 1981 and the entire Bible in 2002. — Oral tradition tells of a grand kingdom of the Wolayta in the 13th century. Some cite this as the lost Kingdom of Damot. — The last King of the Wolayta was King Tona. — The Wolayta kingdom became part of Ethiopia after seven years of resistance between 1887-94. — In November 2000, the first Welayta Zone was formally established. The administrative center is Sodo with a populuation of 65,000. Some of Ethiopia’s finest soils are located in the Wolayta Zone. — One popular Ethiopian musican with Wolayta backgrounds are Tibebu Workeye. — Notable citizens include Solomon Wada who was an activist and supporter of land reform during the 1960s student movement. In 1975, Wada was detained by Derg officials and was executed on grounds he was “disturbing the revolution”. (Traditional Wolayto traditional dance) (Source: Wikipedia, . “The Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia: Actors, Power, and Modernisation under Ethnic Federation” by Lovise Aalen.)
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2 Responses to Ten interesting facts about the Wolayta

  1. Angamo, Daniel says:

    nice to such truth!
    But I hope some obscured parts of the wlaita will be revealed; many more than this.

  2. Beyene Baffa says:

    The history of wolaita starts from the time of Lucy like that of other Africans.

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