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Wodefit Gesgeshi, Widd Innat Ityopp'ya

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Wodefit Gesgeshi, Widd Innat Ityopp'ya (March Forward, Dear Mother Ethiopia) was adopted as the Ethiopian national anthem in 1992, after the fall of the Derg.

Lyrics:

Amharic:

Yäzêgennät Keber Bä-Ityopp’yachen S’änto
Tayyä Hezbawinnät Dar Eskädar Bärto.
Läsälam Läfeteh Lähezboch Näs’annät;
Bä’ekkulennät Bäfeqer Qomänal Bä’andennät.
Mäsärätä S’enu Säbe’enan Yalsharen;
Hezboch Nän Läsera Bäsera Yänoren.
Denq Yäbahel Mädräk Yä’akuri Qers Baläbêt;
Yätäfät’ro S’ägga Yä’jägna Hezb ennat;
Ennet’äbbeqeshallän Alläbben Adära;
Ityopp’yachen nuri Eññam Banchi Ennekura!

English:

Respect for citizenship is strong in our Ethiopia;
National pride is seen, shining from one side to another.
For peace, for justice, for the freedom of peoples,
In equality and in love we stand united.
Firm of foundation, we do not dismiss humanness;
We are people who live through work.
Wonderful is the stage of tradition, mistress of a proud heritage,
Natural grace, mother of a valorous people.
We shall protect you – we have a duty;
Our Ethiopia, live! And let us be proud of you!

Details:

Composer:
Solomon Lulu Mitiku
Lyricist:
Dereje Melaku Mengesha
Date:
Adopted: 1992
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