Asfa-Wossen Asserate

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Asfa-Wossen Asserate
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Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate in 2012.
Born (1948-10-31) 31 October 1948 (age 70)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Empire
HouseHouse of Solomon
(Shoan and Gondarine-Lasta branch)
FatherLe'ul Ras Asserate Kassa
MotherLe'ult Zuriash Worq
ReligionOrthodox Tewahedo Church

Le'ul Ras (Prince) Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate (Amharic: አስፋ ወሰን ዓሥራተ) (born October 31, 1948, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an Ethiopian-German political analyst and consultant for African and Middle-Eastern Affairs and best-selling author. A member of the Ethiopian royalty, he is the great nephew of the last Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I, great-grandson of the Empress Menen and son of the last President of the Imperial Crown Council, Le'ul Ras (Duke) Asserate Kassa and his wife Leult (Princess) Zuriash Worq Gabre-Iqziabher.


Le'ul (Prince)[1] Dr Asfa-Wossen went to the German school in Addis Abeba, where he received his “Abitur”, before studying law, economics and history at the University of Tübingen and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1978, he was awarded a Ph.D. with honors in Ethiopian history at the University of Frankfurt am Main.

In 1974 the Derg takeover in Ethiopia made it impossible for him to return to the land of his ancestors: His father and sixty other dignitaries of the Imperial Government were executed without a trial and all the members of the Imperial Family were held in kith and kin detention for over a decade by Derg.

Whilst in West Germany Asfa-Wossen Asserate founded the Human Rights Group for Ethiopia called the “Council for Civil Liberties in Ethiopia (CCLE)” and campaigned for the release of all political prisoners and his detained family until the demise of the Mengistu dictatorship. After leaving university he worked as the Press Officer for the Frankfurter Messegesellschaft (1978-1980), and as the Director of the Press and Information Department of the Düsseldorf Trade Fair and as a freelance journalist (1980-1983). In 1981 he became a German citizen.

Since 1983 he has been working as a Consultant for African and Middle Eastern Affairs, advising middle-sized German companies in respect to their export promotion to these countries.

As a political analyst he has written a considerable number of articles and essays in German daily newspapers and learned publications. In 1994 he founded Orbis Aethiopicus, the Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Ethiopian Culture, that holds scientific congresses with a focus on Ethiopian culture, history and archeology and places great endeavor to pass on Ethiopia's ancient cultural heritage to the new generation.

Literary work[edit]

  • King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, 2015[2]
  • Die Deutsche Schule in Addis Abeba – aus äthiopischer Sicht. In: Zeitschrift für Kulturaustausch, Ethiopia special edition 1973 release, E 7225 F.S., pp 162–175
  • Manieren. Eichborn, Frankfurt am Main 2003, 388 pages, ISBN 3-8218-4739-5
  • as editor, with Aram Mattioli: Der erste faschistische Vernichtungskrieg. Die italienische Aggression gegen Äthiopien 1935–1941. SH-Verlag, Köln 2006; ISBN 978-3-89498-162-4 (Italien in der Moderne 13)
  • as editor: Adolph Freiherr Knigge: Benjamin Noldmanns Geschichte der Aufklärung in Abessynien. Eichborn, Frankfurt am Main 2006; ISBN 3-8218-4569-4.
  • Ein Prinz aus dem Hause David und warum er in Deutschland blieb. Scherz, Frankfurt am Main 2007; ISBN 978-3-502-15063-3
  • Draußen nur Kännchen. Meine deutschen Fundstücke. Scherz, Frankfurt am Main 2010; ISBN 978-3-502-15157-9
  • Afrika. Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten, Beck'sche Reihe 7023, Munich 2010; ISBN 978-3-406-60096-8
  • Integration oder die Kunst, mit der Gabel zu essen. Utz, Munich 2011; ISBN 978-3-8316-4044-7
  • Contributions to the English Encyclopaedia Aethiopica; ISBN 3-447-04746-1
  • Der letzte Kaiser von Afrika – Triumph und Tragödie des Haile Selassie. Propyläen, Berlin 2014; ISBN 978-3549074282
Styles of
Asfa-Wossen Asserate
Reference styleHis Highness
Spoken styleYour Highness
Alternative styleSir
  • A prince of the house of David, his memoirs[3]


Honorary Offices[edit]

  • Member of the Innovation Council of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Member of the Alumni Council of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.
  • Founder and Chairman of the Board of Patrons of ORBIS AETHIOPICUS, the society for the preservation and promotion of Ethiopian Culture (since 1994).
  • Chairman of the Board of the Society for Museums in Ethiopia.
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of the German-Ethiopian Students and Graduate Association (DÄSAV e.V.).
  • Patron of Project E (Ethiopia, Education, English).
  • Patron of the Ethiopian National Arts Council (ENAC).
  • President of the Council for Civil Liberties in Ethiopia (CCLE).
  • Patron of TheMoveForwardProject.
  • Royal Protector of the Ordo Militiae Christi Templi Hierosolymitani (2008).[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 27 July 2015.
  2. ^ Asserate, Asfa-Wossen; Pakenham, Thomas (2015-08-15). King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Haus Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781910376140.
  3. ^ The title of these memoirs refers to the claim by the Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia to descend from the biblical marriage between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, son of King David.
  4. ^ OMCTH Grand Priory of Poland - in Polish