Hadiya people

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Hadiya (ሃድያ: Hadiya or Hadiyya) is the Ethiopian ethnic group of people who speak the Hadiyya language. However, proper historical definition of Hadiya people includes a number of Ethiopian ethnic groups currently known by other names according to ethnologist Ulrich Braukämper who lived in various parts of southern-central Ethiopia for over four years during his research [1] In his book titled A history of the Hadiyya in Southern Ethiopia he establishes linkages to ancient Hadiya Kingdom the current ethnic groups of Halaba people (Allaaba or Alaba), Silt'e or Selte Silt'e people, "Hadiyya" clans of the Arisi-Oromo & Ittuu-Oromo, and "Clans of Hadiyya origin in Wälaytta" in addition to current speakers of Hadiyya language in Hadiya Zone & the Libidoo (speakers of Libido language dialect) of Mareko in Gurage Zone.

The Hadiya Zone is named after the Hadiya people, whose homeland covers part of this administrative division. The 2007 Ethiopian national census reported that 1,269,382 people (or 1.5% of the population) identified themselves as Hadiya, of whom 150,087 were urban inhabitants. The Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region is home to 93.9% of this people.[2]

Notable individuals[edit]

  • Beyene Petros - is a professor of Biology at Addis Ababa University, former member of the Ethiopian House of People's Representatives, former chairman of Forum for Democratic Dialogue in Ethiopia or Medrek (FDDE), and its current head of Public Relations & External Affairs, and chairman of Ethiopian Social Democratic Party(ESDP), a member party of Medrek.
  • Bezabih Petros
  • Eleni of Ethiopia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Braukämper, Ulrich (2012). A history of the Hadiyya in Southern Ethiopia. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN 9783447068048.
  2. ^ "Census 2007, Country Level" now it is projected as reaching 3 million, Table 3.1