Map of Addis Ababa - Locations of Arada Sub-city and Dejach Wube Sefer.
The establishment of Dejach Wube Sefer is primarily associated with a
nobleman serving under Ethiopia’s Emperor Menelik II 1844-1913.
2. Map of Addis Ababa - Locations
of Arada Sub-city and Dejach
The establishment of Dejach
Wube Sefer is primarily
associated with a
nobleman serving under
Ethiopia’s Emperor Menelik II
•Dejach Wube, an old inner city neighbourhood.
•Our findings show that Addis Ababa’s inner-city is characterized
by a high degree of socioeconomic interdependence among its
inhabitants which is facilitated by
•affordable shared spaces at the levels of household, compound
•collection and analysis address spatial and activity patterns of
individuals and households in their homes and surrounding
4. •The physical environment of Dejach Wube Sefer and the
activities taking place within it were important sources of
•The city government and other public offices such as the Addis
Ababa Ababa Land Development
•Housing Development Project Office, Addis Ababa Urban
Information Institute, the Arada Sub-city Administration, the
•Ethiopian Mapping Agency, the Central Statistics Agency of
Ethiopia, and the Authority for Research and Conservation of
5. •Dejach Wube Sefer met the selection
•criteria described above. It is located in the core
area of Addis Ababa and was earmarked for
• It was one of the oldest settlements of Addis
Ababa, and its founding can be linked to the early
development of the city.
6. •Dejach Wube Sefer, commonly known as 'Wube
Bereha', is a renowned and historically significant
early neighbourhood (sefer) of Addis Ababa.
•The oldest and historic settlements of the city
• Serategna Sefer
• Dejach Wube is also located in what is today
the sub-city Arada
7. •Dejazmach Wube Atenafseged, who settled in the area
surrounded by his advisors and servants.
•Ras Mekonnen and Bitwoded Haile-Giorghis were other
noblemen who also settled in the vicinity and contributed to
Arada's social and spatial patterns.
•In addition to the settlements which sprung up around the
noblemen's residences, other elements such as the
•Arada Giorghis Church,
•Dejach Wube's Prison and
•Construction of the Ras Mekonnen Bridge also influenced the
early ,Formation of Arada, especially Dejach Wube Sefer and its
8. • Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile-Selassie I (1892-1975) the road that
connected Arada Giorghis Church, Ras Mekonnen Bridge and the
National Palace was paved with asphalt
• which further increased the importance of the area in subsequent
decades of Addis Ababa’s history
The residence originally
belonging to Dejach Wube
Addis Ababa Restaurant.
9. 1. Dejach Wube Residence
2. Arada Gioghis Church
3. Arada Market
4. Ras Mekonnen Bridge
5.Dejach Wube Prison
Primary elements that influenced
the formation ofDejach Wube
10. • map of Dejach Wube Sefer to important
urban service nodes.
• During the five-year Italian occupation
from 1936 to 1941
• Dejach Wube Sefer was frequented by
Italian officials. Some of its houses,
including the residence of Dejach Wube.
• During the occupation and following the
return of Korean War veterans
• Dejach Wube Sefer became known for its
nightlife with several bars and nightclubs.
• The focal point for these businesses was
the street that runs from Arada Giorghis
to Afincho Ber and its immediate
• During that time the location gained its
widely known name in the city Wube
11. contribution of Dejach Wube
•Dejach Wube Sefer to Addis Ababa's history is
•the socioeconomic and physical features of the
place and its environs, which are worth preserving
and reviving as part of the current and future
development of the area.
•The current tenure and administrative features of
Addis Ababa’s inner-city are shaped by the fact that
12. • Significant proportion of the inner-
city negourhoods .such a Dejach
Wube Sefer is thus characterised by
the condtions associated with kebele
• Kebele administrations were
mandated to maintain existing rental
houses under their management
and construct new ones, they were
not able to adequately carry out
these tasks due to the minimal
amount rent collected.
13. Everyday activities such as food
preparation, eating ineals.
laundry washing and drying,
children’s play, hair braiding and
sunbathing, gardening, poultry
raising, religious gatherings,
mourning, weddings and
15. Dejach Wube to be a potentially
profitable location for
the type of business she believes
she could manage under the
circumstances. If she had
enough money and better
health, she would like
to open a kiosk, a cafeteria.