|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The Gibe state of Kaka Jimma was founded about 1790. It
was renamed as Jimma 'Aba Jifar in 1830. Incorporated into
Ethiopia in 1932. During the reorganization of the
provinces in 1942, Jimma was absorbed into Kaffa Province.
- Moti ABBA FARO, 1st Chief of Jimma ca1790/-
- Moti ABBA MAGAL, 2nd Chief of Jimma
1800/1830, originally ruler of the Hirmata region, in
a series of wars he extended his authority over what
later became Jimma, a process continued by his sons,
married and had issue.
- Moti Abba Jifar I (qv)
- Moti Abba Bok'a (qv)
- Abba Bulgu
- Abba Tiki
- Moti ABBA RAGO, 3rd Chief of Jimma in 1830
- Moti ABBA JIFAR I [Moti Sana], 4th Moti of Jimma
1830/1855, became a Muslim convert in 1830, and is
reckoned as the first independent King of Jimma,
married and had issue. He died 1855 in a palace east
- Abba Gommol, elder son and heir, dispossed by his
younger brother and exiled to Kafa.
- Moti Abba Rebu (qv)
- Moti ABBA REBU, 5th Moti of Jimma 1855/1859,
married and had issue. He died 1859.
- Abba Dula, Governor of Mandera-Set'o.
- Moti ABBA BOK'A, 6th Moti of Jimma 1859/1862
, married (amongst others), a lady of the Busase line
of Kafa, and had issue. He died 1862.
- Moti Abba Gommol (by the Busase lady) (qv)
- Abba Bulgu, Governor of Saraddo.
- Moti ABBA GOMMOL, 7th Moti of Jimma
1862/1878, conquered the Kingdom of Garo which became
the southeast portion of his kingdom; married (amongst
others), Queen Gumiti of Guma, died after 1898, and
had issue. He died 1878.
- Moti Abba Jifar II (by the Gumiti Queen) (qv)
- Abba Jobir, Governor of part of Dedo.
- Abba Waji, married and had issue.
- Abba Meca, Governor of part of Dedo.
- Abba Diga, Governor.
- Abba Jilca, married and had issue.
- Abba Gole, Prime Minister, married and had
- Abba Garo
- Abba D'Asa, Governor
- Daughter, married Abba Gibe, Governor of Hirmata.
- Daughter, married Abba Busan Busase, Governor of
- Daughter, married Abba Jilca, son of Abba Cubsa of
Limmu, Governor of K'ank'ati.
- Daughter, married Abba Roro, Governor of Nada, son
of Abba Bilo of Gurrdi, and had issue.
- Abba Diga, War Minister,
Governor of Beyyum, married and had issue. He
- Moti ABBA JIFAR II [Moti Tulu], 8th Moti of Jimma
1878/1932, born 1861, sometime in the 1880's he
conquered a part of Janjero State and added it to his
kingdom; in 1884 he submitted to Emperor Menelik II
and paid tribute from 1886 onwards, ensuring the
autonomy of his kingdom until his death; he was
removed from power in 1930 but was allowed to retain
the title of Negus, he conveerted to Islam under the
name of Muhammad ibn DaŽud; married (amongst other)
(a), Queen Limmiti of Limmu, married (b), Queen
Minjiti of Kaffa, married (c), Queen Sapertiti of the
Sapera family of Limmu (#1
p.77), and had issue. He died 1932.
- Abba Dula, Governor, married and had issue.
- Moti Abba Jobir [Abba Jofir] (qv)
- Abba Bilo, he joined with Haile Selassie and
converted to Christianity, being given the name,
Kegnazmach Berhane Selassie, married and had
- Abba Dikko, Governor of Kusaro, removed from
office because of corruption.
- Daughter, married after 1916 (as his third wife),
H.I.M. Emperor Iyasu V of Ethiopia.
- Moti ABBA JOBIR, 9th Chief of Jimma in 1932,
deposed for defying the authority of the central
power, installed as Sultan by the Italian fascist
occupation, and then fled to Saudi Arabia following
the liberation of Ethiopia in 1941, married and had
issue. He died in exile after 1960.
- Ras DESTA DAMTEW, Governor of Jimma 1930/-,
born 1896, Governor of Kaffa, educated privately, he
served at the Imperial Palace in Addis Ababa as page
to Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu Betul, and
then the Empress after her husband's death, he
supported Ras Tafari Makonnen against Lij Iyasu V in
1916, who was deposed and imprisoned but escaped and
recaptured by him in 1920, he was a modernizer on the
Imperial pattern, but distrusted foreigners; he was
appointed Governor of Kaffa with the title of
Dejazmatch by 1928 and later elevated to the title of
Ras in 1932, later the same year was appointed
Governor of Sidamo Province and of Borena; he visited
America in 1933, as representative of Emperor Haile
Sellassie, and was greeted with royal honours, later
lunching with President Roosevelt; he commanded troops
along the southern border of Ethiopia during the
Second Italo-Ethiopian War in 1935, and was defeated
by the Italian General, Rodolfo Graziani at the Battle
of Ganale Dorya in January 1936, he reorganized his
survivors to resist the Italian advance, even after
the the Emperor left the country and continued to
elude the Italians until he and and a dwindling number
of soldiers were defeated in the Battle of Gogetti in
1934, he was wounded, captured and executed; following
the liberation of Ethiopia from Italian occupation in
1941, the remains of Ras Desta Damtew were disinterred
from the grave they were buried in by the Italians and
moved to the Imperial family tombs in the crypt of the
Holy Trinity Cathedral; married 16th November 1924 in
Addis Ababa, H.I.H. Princess Tenagne Worq, daughter of
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia,
and his wife, H.I.M. Empress Menen, and had issue. He
died 25th February 1937.
- HH Princess Aida Desta, born 8th April 1927,
married 1946, HH Leul Ras Mangasha Seyum, Hereditary
Prince of Tigray, and has
- Lij Amha Desta, born 21st August 1928, died 3rd
- HH Princess Hiruta Desta, born 20th April 1930,
she was one of a number of Royal Princess who were
prisoners of the Derg regime from 1974 to 1988;
married General Dejazmatch Nega Tegagne, born 1930,
Governor of Begamder and Semien.
- HH Princess Sabla Wangel Desta, born 29th August
1931, married in January 1959, Dejazmatch Kassa
Wolde Maryam, born 1932, and had issue, one son and
- HH Princess Sofya Desta, born 1st January 1933,
married in January 1959, Captain Derege Haile
Maryam, born 1937, died 16th December 1960 in Addis
Ababa, and had issue, one daughter.
- Woizerit Hanna Mihreta Derege, born 1961.
- HH Prince Iskander Desta, born 6th August 1934,
married HH Princess Sofya Amanuel, and had issue,
one daughter. He was killed by the Derg on 23rd
November 1974 in Addis Ababa.
- HH Princess Naomi Iskander