He is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and versatile intellectuals of modern Ethiopia — he was a poet, playwright, essayist, translator, historian, novelist, philosopher, journalist, and government officer belonging to the Shewa Amhara nobility and member of the Solomonic dynasty. He is well known as one of the mid-twentieth-century Japanizing Ethiopian intellectuals. In about , when his mother and grandmother moved to Arusi, todays Arsi for work, he went instead to his uncle Lij Seifu Mikael in Addis Ababa where he joined the Catholic Cathedral School as a boarding student. It is said that he grew tired of the punishments by teachers at the school, and thus switched to Lazarist Catholic Mission School for some time. In between, upon his uncles appointment to administer parts of Harer, the 13 year old Kebede Mikael befriended Prince Mekonnen and was tasked with tutoring him. The lessons were given in French , and Kebede Mikael proved to be highly proficient and hard working.
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He wrote a total of 26 books including a wide range of translations from various languages. From to, he wrote Amharic school textbooks in which he provided generations of Ethiopian students with enlightening ideas about a wide range of issues and disciplines. His writings were in both prose and poetry and his poems follow rhyming and writing styles of his own.
The contents of many of his books are on history, education, development, philosophy, religion, science and so on. He was also delegated to many international conferences including at the United Nations in New York. He received the first Prize for Literature from Emperor Haileselassie. And in , he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Addis Ababa University for his unparalleled excellence in literature as well as for inspiring generations of Ethiopian authors and writers.
Kebede Michael died on 12 November at the age of His contributions are enormous to the development of education and literature. And he may be deceased, yet his legacy will live on forever; and Ethiopians are greatly thankful to him.
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However excited Kebede Mikael was about the unique opportunity, he could not make use of it because he fell ill at that time. Kebede Michael was an avid reader. Upon hearing his employment at the occupying fascist government, his incarcerated uncle Lij Seifu wrote: "he is an ailing, frail, weak boy who stood no chance in guerilla warfare; let him make use of his brains to assist the resistance. He reached Addis Ababa four months before the liberation and was ordered to stay under house arrest at his own residence. Even though Kebede could not go to France and pursue his studies because of the Italo-Ethiopian War , Kebede Mikael spent a lot of time reading in the library founded by Mr. LeMoins, one of the French instructors of Prince Makonnen.
Vujin He is no less prolific than he is versatile; he has dozen of works to his name, most of which has been published and reprinted several times during the last five decades. Inhe received an Honorary Doctorate from Addis Ababa University for his unparalleled excellence in literature, and kebede michael poems inspiring pkems of Ethiopian authors and writers. He wrote a total of 26 books including a wide range of translations from various languages. His writings were in both prose and poetry and his poems follow rhyming and writing styles of his own. He called Monkey to account: Hyena sidled mchael to answer the same question. He wrote Berhane Helina The Light of the Mindwhich is largely considered his debut, during these years. Once upon a time, God ordered all the animals to gather in a field: Century old pictures of my grandfather, his brothers and sisters in traditional Ethiopian attire.