Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Abyssinia’s Wami Branch opens

photo: Anteneh Aklilu

The Bank of Abyssinia has opened its new branch named after the legendary athlete, Wami Biratu around  the compound called Ferensay Legasion.
The new branch which was officially opened by Wami Biratu, 101, on 25 August gave a prize of 100,000 birr for the athlete who thanked the bank managers for recognizing his achievements by using his name for the bank branch.
Wami Biratu was once among the best long-distance runners in Ethiopia. Wami had at one point trained Abebe Bikila. In his career, Wami won 30 gold, 40 silver and 10 bronze medals and won competitions in Egypt, Japan and Czechoslovakia.
The Bank of Abyssina, which started banking services with only one branch in 1996, has 296 domestic branch networks, of which 142 are in Addis Ababa and the remaining all over the country.