Princess Ijigayehu Amha Selassie

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Princess Ijigayehu Amha Selassie
Princess of Ethiopia
Born 4 September 1934
Died 23 January 1976 (aged 41)
Akaki Prison, Addis Ababa
Spouse Dejazmatch Fikre-Selassie Hapte Mariam
Issue Lij Samson Fikre Selassie
Woizero Rahel Fikre Selassie
Woizero Meheret Fikre Selassie
Woizero Aster Fikre Selassie
Leul Bekere Fikre Selassie
Lij Yishaq Fikre Selassie
House Solomonic dynasty
Father Amha Selassie
Mother Wolete Israel Seyoum
Religion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo
Imperial Family of Ethiopia
Imperial coat of arms of Ethiopia (Haile Selassie).svg

HIH The Crown Prince

  • HIH Princess Lideta Zera Yacob

HIH Princess Ijigayehu

  • HIH Prince Samson Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Prince Bekere Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Donna Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Prince Yisehaq Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Rahel Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Aster Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Meheret Fikre Selassie

HIH Princess Maryam Senna
HIH Princess Sehin Azebe
HIH Princess Sifrash Bizu

Princess (Leult) Ijigayehu Amha Selassie (known during her life as Her Imperial Highness Princess Ijigayehu Asfaw Wossen; 1934-1976) was the eldest child of Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen of Ethiopia by his first wife, Princess Wolete Israel Seyoum and was the granddaughter to Emperor Haile Selassie.

Lineage and Marriage[edit]

Through her mother's family she was a great-great granddaughter of Emperor Yohannes IV. Princess Ijigayehu was married to Dejazmach Fikre Selassie Hapte Mariam,[1] the heir to the old Welega Kingdom of Leqa Naqamte, and brother to Woizero Atsede Habte- Mariam (wife of General Mulugeta Bulli) and Princess Mahisente Habte Mariam (wife of Prince Sahle Selassie). Dejazmach Fikre Selassie and Princess Ijigayehu were the parents of six children (all created Princes and Princesses by their grandfather Emperor Amha Selassie while in exile):

  • Lij Samson Fikre Selassie (born 10 October 1956).
  • Woizero Rahel Fikre Selassie (born 19 December 1958).
  • Woizero Meheret Fikre Selassie (born 19 December 1959).
  • Woizero Aster Fikre Selassie (born 30 April 1960).
  • Leul Bekere Fikre Selassie (born 1962).
  • Lij Yishaq Fikre Selassie (born 1964).

Princess Ijigayehu notably accompanied her grandfather Emperor Haile Selassie on his state visit to Italy and also on his state visits to South Korea, Australia, and Malaysia.

The Derg Uprising[edit]

Princess Ijigayehu was imprisoned with the rest of the Imperial family on September 11, 1974, the day before Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the Derg. She died in early 1977 after medical neglect while still in prison.[2] She was buried at the Ketchene Medhan Alem Church in Addis Ababa by her children and her mother who were under surveillance but not imprisoned. Early the following year, all her children, along with other children of the Imperial family, escaped from Ethiopia. Her husband remained imprisoned for 8 years and died in August 1996.


National honours [3][edit]

  • Order of The Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia) ribbon.gif Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Queen of Sheba
  • RefugeePatriotMedalEtiopia.png Refugee Medal (1944)
  • Jubilee Medal 1955 (Ethiopia).gif Jubilee Medal (1955)
  • ETH Emperor Haile Selassie I Jubilee Medal.png Emperor Haile Selassie I Jubilee Medal (1966)

Foreign honours [3][edit]



  1. ^ "Modern Ethiopian Monarchs Part Eight". Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amha Selassie I - Emperor-in-Exile". Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Royal Ark