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Princess Tsehai

Princess Tsehai Ethiopian princess

Ethiopian princess
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Ethiopian princess
Occupations Nurse
Gender female
Birth 13 October 1919 (Addis Ababa)
Death 17 August 1942 (Nekemte)
Mother: Menen Asfaw
Father: Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
Siblings: Amha SelassiePrince MakonnenPrince Sahle SelassiePrincess TenagneworkPrincess RomaneworkPrincess Zenebework
Spouse: Abiye Abebe
Princess Tsehai
The details

Princess Tsehai Haile Selassie (13 October 1919 - 17 August 1942) was the third daughter and fourth child of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia.


Princess Tsehai was born in Addis Ababa. She often accompanied the Emperor to public events during his exile in Great Britain (1936–1941), where she trained as a nurse at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. She graduated as a state registered children's nurse on 25 August 1939. After the restoration of her father in 1941, she married Lieutenant-General (later Brigadier-General) Lij Abiye Abebe, and moved with him to Welega Province when he was appointed governor there.

She later worked at Dessie Hospital in Ethiopia.

Princess Tsehai died in Nekemte on 17 August 1942, from complications during childbirth. Her baby did not survive. She was buried in the crypt of the Ba'eta Le Mariam Monastery in Addis Ababa that had been built as the mausoleum church of Emperor Menelik II.

Emperor Haile Selassie founded the Princess Tsehai Memorial Hospital in her memory, which also served as a nursing school. After the 1974 revolution, the hospital was renamed the Armed Forces General Hospital.


  • Honorary President of the Association for the Benefit of Ethiopian Women (1935-1942).


National honours

  • Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Queen of Sheba (1930).
  • Imperial Coronation Medal (1930).
Empress Menen Asfaw seated in the center and Standing women from left to right are Princess Tsehai, Princess Tenagnework, and Princess Zenebework, her daughters, and on the far right is Princess Wolete Israel Seyoum, her daughter-in-law.


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