The great Ethiopian literary figure of the past half century,
the renowned historian and author Mamo Wudineh died on Friday March 2, 2012 at the age of 77 in Addis Ababa. He was laid to rest at the saint Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, March 3.
Mamo was born in Wollo district of Ethiopia and lost his parents in the battle against fascist Italian occupation in 1936-41.
Mamo Wudineh who has published 53 books and eight plays in Amharic (original and translations) is also widely credited for popularizing through his literary works the world of espionage and spies.
Mamo first entered first grade purportedly at the age of 15 but was unable to finish even high-school.
However he later went on to work on several newspapers in Addis Ababa and Asmara such as ‘Police Ina Irmijaw’, ‘Hibret’, ‘Yezareytu Etyopia’, and has been in the writing business for over 54 years.
From 1966 to 1970 Mamo was the head of the Government Press Department in what was then the Ethiopian province of Eritrea. He also served as the President of the Writers Association of Ethiopia and won many awards.
He was hospitalized for cardiovascular disease recently and was known to suffer from several ailments including diabetes and hypertension.
Ethiopia also recently lost another great literary figure Sebhat Leab Gebre Egziabher due to lung cancer at the age of 76.