Mahder Assefa (born October 5, 1987) is an Ethiopian actress. She has performed leading roles in Seberta, Yalteneka Amalayu, Ye Bet Lij, Shefu, FBI 2, Made In China and the Triangle trilogy. Mahder also garnered a public attention in 2011 soap opera Sew Lesew, starring as amorous role.
Early life and education
Mahder was born on October 5, 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia around Shero Meda to Rebeka Feyessa and Assefa Demelash. She lived there until she was 5, at which point she moved to the neighbouring district of Kera. She attended elementary school at Atse Zeray Yacob and then subsequently attended secondary school at Shemeles Habte School, graduating in 2011. She completed her college education at Admas College, studying Secretarial Science. While attending college, she worked as a salesperson. Mahder showed an interest in dancing from a young age. Despite her parents' desire for her to focus on her education, she continued dancing until high school and formed a dance group with her friends, entitled "UNIQUE GIRLS". The group was successful and led to Mahder and her co-performers being invited to be background dancers with a range of Ethiopian musicians, including Dawit Melesse and Tibebu Workiye. Coverage on television led to her mother discovering her dancing hobby, and the group disbanded to allow Mahder to focus on education.
Upon leaving college, she gained employment with Bole International Airport, working in a duty-free shop as a salesperson for around four years. During this time, she started her work in the film industry and applied for a role in Tasralech. Despite her reservations about her lack of acting experience, she gained the part. She was subsequently persuaded by a friend to join a production company. Following her first film, Mahder starred in several others such as Seberta, Yalteneka, Amalayu, Ye Bet Lij, Shefu, FBI 2, Made In China, Triangle, Amran, 45 Ken, Linega Sil, Tsinu Kal, Body Guard, Hiwot ena Sak, Ayrak, Anelakekem. In 2011, Mahder also starred in the soap opera Sew Lesew, a highly successful popular late night serial drama which she starred in role of Medi. Her appearance in the show raised her profile, and soon she also had work in billboards, magazines and TV commercials. In connection with her filmography, she has been interviewed on several television shows, including ETV Lewtatoch and Enechewawet on EBS TV.
Rumours have spread that Mahder has a strong relationship with Saudi-born businessman Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Al Amoudi. Newspaper tabloids reported that the pair were intimately engaged and that Mahder was pregnant with his child.
Awards and nominations
Since 2012, FM 102.1 was working on giving Awards for the Best Actor and Actress of the year in the Film Side. The selection is based on audience choices and her renowned film Amran was selected as best film of year. Mahder Assefa is selected as a Winner Best Actress of The Year 2013.
In 2012, one of Mahder's works, Amran, was selected as film of the year by FM 102.1. In 2013, she was selected as Best Actress of The Year.