Yeshimebet Ali

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Woizero Yeshimebet Ali, daughter of Woizero (later Immabet-Hoy) Wolete Giyorgis and Dejazmatch Ali Abba Jiffar, who was a Muslim chief of the Warra Illu clan of the Wollo Oromo tribe,[1] and a former trader from Gondar.[2][3] Yeshimebet was the wife of Ras Makonnen and mother of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, she died during the Emperor's infancy. Her mother and her sister Woizero Mammit helped care for her young son as he grew to adulthood, she had eight miscarriages before giving birth to Haile Selassie.[4]


  1. ^ Jimma Abba Jifar, an Oromo monarchy: Ethiopia, 1830-1932 By Herbert S. Lewis, pg. 41
  2. ^ Lewis, A Galla Monarchy, p. 41
  3. ^ Herbert S. Lewis, A Galla Monarchy: Jimma Abba Jifar, Ethiopia (Madison, Wisconsin, 1965), p. 40
  4. ^ Royal Ark