Yejju tribe

Yejju was called Angot before the expansion of Barentu abranch of Oromo people. Many ethnicities that were overtaken by the Great Oromo Expansions were loosely labeled "Oromo." They are one of the northernmost communities of small assimilated tribes labeled "Oromo" for distinction. Oromos are the largest[1] ethnics in Ethiopia.

During the 17th century, the Yejju dynasty (more specifically, the Warasek) ruled much of the Ethiopian Empire during the Zemene Mesafint or "Era of Princes", changing the language in the court of Gondar to Oromo language.[2] Throughout the era, different ethnic groups, clans and communities made short-term alliances to acquire economic advantage and political power.

As early as 1890, under the reign of Menelik II, the homeland of the Yejju was organised into an Ethiopian province named for them. It was bordered by the Alewuha River to the north, separating it from Rayya Qobbo district, the Mille River to the south, separating it from Wollo Province, the Afar Depression to the east, and the highlands of Amba Sel to the west. Woldiya served as its capital city. Currently, the territories of these northern tip Oromos are officially located inside Amhara Region, specifically divided between the districts of Habru and Woldiya town, with smaller portions administratively part of Guba Lafto and Amba Sel.[3]


  1. ^ "Africa :: Ethiopia — The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency". Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  2. ^ Pankhurst, Richard, The Ethiopian Royal Chronicles, (London:Oxford University Press, 1967), pp. 139–43.
  3. ^ Ethiopia Administrative Map as of 2013

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