UCA professor receives awards from Ethiopian crown

Her Imperial Highness Princess Saba Kebede (left), His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Sellassie and His Excellency Blaten Geta Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh

University of Central Arkansas Associate Professor Gizachew Tiruneh has been recognized by The Crown Council of Ethiopia with two awards: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Honour of Ethiopia (GCSE) and the Ethiopian imperial title of Blaten Geta

“I am truly honored to receive these two prestigious awards from the Crown Council of Ethiopia. It is always a very good thing when one is noticed and recognized for a work that he or she has spent a great deal of time and passion on,” Tiruneh said.

The awards were bestowed in February 2021. An in-person ceremony was postponed to March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2017, Tiruneh was awarded the Order of the Star of Honour of Ethiopia (OSE) after writing his 2015 book, “The Rise and Fall of the Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia: Is the Kebra Negast a Time-Bound Document?”

Since then, Tiruneh has been working closely with the Crown Council of Ethiopia,  helping with writing and editing documents both in Amharic and English languages.