The Crown Council of Ethiopia and the Monarchist Moa Anbessa Institute Awarded Orders of Imperial Ethiopia at Annual Victory of Adwa Dinner

Photographs  - Mr. Yoseph Wondimu

Photographs – Mr. Yoseph Wondimu

Deacon Solomon Kibriye (Chief Editor of Ethiopian Affairs) – OCP News Service – 6/3/2020

USA: On the evening of February 29th, 2020, the Moa Anbessa Institute together with the Crown Council of Ethiopia, hosted the annual Victory of Adwa commemoration dinner at Washington D.C.’s Army & Navy Club. This annual gala event is held to celebrate the victory of Ethiopia under Emperor Menelik II over the colonial forces of the Kingdom of Italy in 1896. While this occasion has been held for several years now, it is the first time the Moa Anbessa Institute has taken over hosting the event. As in previous years, the President of the Crown Council, H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie has awarded Orders of Chivalry and Medals of the Ethiopian Empire to distinguished individuals for services past and present to Ethiopia, her people and culture in various fields.

OCP Chief Editor of Ethiopian Affairs, Deacon Solomon Kibriye was honored last year to receive the Star of Honor of Ethiopia, Commander Grade, from Prince Ermias, alongside other distinguished recipients.

The ceremonies this year began with a benediction and prayer by the Chaplain of the Crown Council, Most Reverend Memhir Abunu Mammo. During the course of the evening, the well-attended dinner was addressed by H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. The guests were also addressed by Major General Gregory Copley in his role as the President of the International Society of Imperial Ethiopian Orders, and by Prof. Giovanni Ruffini who spoke of Ethiopia’s glorious history. Ms. Rahel Getachew acting as Mistress of Ceremonies, along with Lij Anania Abebe, G.O.S.E., Mr. Nebiyat Demissie, C.S.E., and Ms. Mimi Makonnen raised toasts, and conducted the events, assisting Prince Ermias with the investitures.

This year, a particularly deserving list of people were invested with these significant orders. They are prominent figures in Education, Philanthropy, Community Service and culture. They are the following:

Dr. Akliliu Hapte, Knight Grand Cross of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Ato Aklilu Demisse, Knight Grand Cross of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, Knight Grand Cross of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Woizero Ethiopia Alfred, Dame Grand Cross of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Ato Mahmoud Ahmed, Knight Grand Cross of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Woizero Tiwaltenegus Shenegelegn, Dame Grand Cross of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Ato Abeye Tedla, Commander of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Prof. Giovanni Ruffini – Commander Star of Honor of Ethiopia and Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Mr. Kiflu Shimelis – Commander Star of Honor of Ethiopia.

Mr. Elias Wondimu – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Mrs. Maritu Legese – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Mr. Tamirat Medhin – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Mr. Samson Demisse Teferra – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Ms. Rahel Getachew – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Dr. Timothy Law – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Dr. Elena M. Bove and Theresia de Vroom – Centenary Medal of Adwa.

Source:
OCP News Service