Abba Jofir

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Abba Jofir
King of the Kingdom of Jimma
Reign 1932
Full name Moti Abba Jofir
Predecessor Abba Jifar II
Dynasty Kingdom of Jimma

Moti Abba Jofir Abba Dula was King of the Gibe Kingdom of Jimma (reigned 1932). He was the grandson of Abba Jifar II.


When Abba Jifar II grew senile in his later years, Abba Jofir attempted to seize the throne of the Kingdom of Jimma. However, Emperor Haile Selassie responded quickly and sent military forces against Abba Jofir. They brought him back to Addis Ababa, where he was imprisoned.[1]

Following the Italian invasion, Abba Jofir was made Governor over part of the Italian East Africa province of Galla-Sidamo. He proved useful to the occupiers, helping with Italian propaganda broadcasts to the Arabic-speaking world. In return, they allowed him a bodyguard of ten armed men, a privilege given to few Ethiopian potentates during the occupation.[2] Following the Italian defeat in 1942, Abba Jofir was imprisoned again, and later given amnesty.


  1. ^ Paul B. Henze, Layers of Time, A History of Ethiopia (New York: Palgrave, 2000), p. 208
  2. ^ Alberto Sbacchi, "Italy and the Treatment of the Ethiopian Aristocracy, 1937-1940", International Journal of African Historical Studies, 10 (1977), p. 231

Preceded by
Abba Jifar II
Kingdom of Jimma Succeeded by