The Addis Ababa University Management and Staff are deeply saddened and shocked by the news of the death of Nigussie Tebeje (Emeritus Professor), the former staff member of the University serving in the Technology Faculty for about two decades.

Emeritus Professor Nigussie Tebeje was kind and courageous person with strong desire and appreciation for knowledge and self-development. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

On behalf of the Addis Ababa University Management, Staff and that of my own, I would like to pass on my sincere condolence and sympathy to his families, colleagues and friends.

May his soul rest in peace!

Addis Ababa University

President Office


Funeral Ceremony is to be held at St. Josef Cemetery on 22nd of Jan. 2021 at (6:00-7:00 O’clock) local time.


Biographical Profile of Emeritus Professor Nigussie Tebeje:

Emeritus Professor Nigusie  Tebeje was born from his father Paster Tebeje Gudaye and his mother Mrs. Debre Bogale in Begemidir, now Gondar (Deber-Tabor, Feres-Meda) in October 1944. He attended in Kebena, Akaki and Kuyera Adventist Mission Schools and Medhanealem Secondary School for his primary and secondary level education.

He joined the Hailesilassie I University, (now Addis Ababa University) and pursued in civil engineering. He was the only gold medallist when earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the university in 1965. After a few years working at the Hailesilassie I University, he took advantage of the higher education he received to move to the United States. He went on to study and received his master’s as well as doctorate degrees in 1969 and 1972 respectively from the University of Lehigh in Pennsylvania.

Emeritus Professor Nigusie Tebeje served in multi sectored activities both locally and internationally. Working as lecturer, director and Technology Faculty Dean from 1965-1967 and 1975-1991 in Addis Ababa University, is one of his long-ranged services he contributed locally. He moved to the United States, France, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan in relation to university teaching and postgraduate program examiner.

In his research work, he produced and published more than twenty-two scientific research articles in internationally known journals; published eight different books both locally and abroad useful for textbooks to Addis Ababa University. In addition, he amended and prepared six modules focusing on our country’s building codes and building standards.

Besides to education, research and publication activities, Emeritus Professor Nigusie Tebeje was also devoted to consultancy and designing activities of high-ranking buildings, bridges, roads and other constructions. He conducted design and consulting services for more than forty buildings which range from five to thirty-three floored buildings. Of these, Awash Bank and Insurance, Nyala Insurance, Nib Bank, Amhara Financial and Credit Institution, Ramada Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Getu Commercial, Mekelle Stadium, Woldiya Stadium and Adama Stadium are some among many.

Emeritus Professor Nigusie Tebeje participated in founding and leading professional associations both locally and internationally, such as Ethiopian Civil Engineers Association, American Civil Engineers Association, United States High Buildings Council, International Bridge and Structural Engineers Association, African Network Scientific Technology Institute and Zede Journal for the Association of Ethiopian Engineers and Architects are the basic ones.

The structural engineer, Emeritus Professor Nigusie, received awards and recognitions for his great works he accomplished at home and abroad. The most important of which are:  full professorship from AAU in 1989, as science faculty winner from Scientific Society of Ethiopian in 2002, by American Concrete Institute Ethiopian Chapter recognized for his outstanding and lifelong contributions in Design and Concrete Construction in 2013, AAU Golden Jubilee Award in 2017 and the yearly Good Man Award for his contribution in science in 2017 are a case in point.

Emeritus Professor Nigusie Tebeje was married to Mrs. Aynabeba Amenu for the last 30 years and a father of four children (two daughters and two sons). After being treated at home and abroad for his illness, he died at the age of 76 on 20th of January 2021 and laid to rest at the cemetery of St. Josef on 22nd of January 2021.

“We thank you for your close condolences and for comforting us in so many different ways.”

His family