Habte Giyorgis

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Fitawrari Habte Giyorgis Dinagde
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Born 1851
Died 1927
Religion Orthodox Christianity

Fitawrari Habte Giorgis Dinagde (1851 – 1927) was the Ethiopian Minister of War during the reigns of Menelik II, Iyasu V, Zewditu I and Haile Selassie (1909–1927).

Personal life[edit]

Dinagde was born from the chebo people, a mixed Oromo and Gurage family, in the Lake Dandii district. He also had ancestry from Jibat and Macha in Shewa, situated in the present-day Oromia Region in central Ethiopia.


Dinagde played a leading role in several important battles of Ethiopian history. He himself was a young war-captive by Menelik's invading forces during war of colonization and incorporation of Oromo and other people of the South into the Abyssinian Empire. However, he grew to become a skilled military leader and statesman. He was also a central figure in the coup which removed Taitu from power during the period of Menelik II's incompetency as well as the 1916 coup which deposed Iyasu V and put Empress Zewditu in power. The name Dinagde means wealth in Oromiffa.

From 1909 to 1927, Dinagde was Chief Minister (equivalent to the title of Prime Minister) of the Cabinet to the Emperor of Ethiopia. He was an important figure in the Ethiopian Empire often sited for his great skills as military commander and judiciary.

A bridge in the Oromian district that Dinagde hailed from and a street in Addis Ababa (Habte Gyorgis dildiy) are named after him. He is renowned for his wisdom and his military skills. He has participated in many battles including Adwa.

Habte Giorgis' history and achievements are missing from official Ethiopian historiography due to the common practice of damnatio memoriae by Abyssinian nobles.