Berhanu Nega

Ethiopian Politician
Born Dec 6, 1958

Berhanu Nega was elected as mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the Ethiopian general elections, 2005. He is a founding chairman of the Rainbow Ethiopia: Movement for Democracy and Social Justice and a Deputy Chairman of Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), for whom he served as chief election campaign strategist. He is also the co-founder of Ginbot 7, an opposition party.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on December 6, 1958.


1977 18 Years Old Born in Bishoftu, Berhanu attended Addis Ababa University where he participated in the student movement against the ruling Derg government in his freshman year. When the government acted against political dissidents in 1977, Berhanu with other radical student activists fled to Mount Asimba in northern Ethiopia. … Read More


1989 30 Years Old …  In 1989, Berhanu married to Ethiopian born American optometrist Dr. Nardos Minasse.
1994 35 Years Old Berhanu, with his wife and his two children, Noah and Iyassu, returned to Ethiopia in 1994. … Read More
1996 37 Years Old From 1996 to 2000, he served as the president of the Ethiopian Economic Association. … Read More


2001 42 Years Old On 8 April 2001 Berhanu and Professor Mesfin Woldemariam they held a day-long panel discussion at the hall of the National Lottery on academic freedom which was followed by student riot in the main campus of Addis Ababa University. … Read More
2005 46 Years Old During the 2005 elections, Berhanu debated Meles Zenawi. … Read More
2006 47 Years Old While in Kaliti Prison, Berhanu wrote and published a book Yenetsanet Goh Siked ("The Dawn of Freedom"), which was published in Kampala, Uganda by MM Publishers in May 2006. … Read More
2007 48 Years Old After 21 months in prison along with all opposition leader, Berhanu left the county in 2007 and returned to teach at the economics department of Bucknell at Bucknell University. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old As the continuation of this practice, in late 2009 an Ethiopian court sentenced Berhanu to death, in absentia, along with four others (who were also sentenced in absentia), while 33 were sentenced to life in prison.
2015 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Berhanu became a full professor at Bucknell University on spring of 2015.
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