Tekletsadik Mekuria, Historian, Diplomat Passed Away at 86

Tekletsadik Mekuria, Historian, Diplomat Passed Away at 86

 

ADDIS ABABA, July 25 (WIC) Tekletsadik Mekuria, a renowned historian and career diplomat, passed away Sunday of natural causes. His remains were laid to rest Monday at the Keranio Church Cemetery, in the presence of relatives and

acquaintances.

 

Tekletsadik, who had spent three years in detention in Somalia after being deported by the Italian occupation forces during the Ethio-Italian war, served the country in various diplomatic capacities, including as Ethiopian ambassadors to France, India

and the then Czechoslovakia.

 

Tekletsadik was also a prominent scholar in Ethiopian history, and has published extensively on the topic. His books on Ethiopian history of the reigns of Emperors Tewodros, Yohanes and Menilik, are among the critically acclaimed ones.

 

Born in Akodada, North Shoa, he came to Addis Ababa as a young man, and attended the prestigious Teferi Mekonen school.

 

Tekletsadik was 86, and is survived by his wife and four children.