Bodji Evangelical Singers

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History and ministry

The former Bodji district [aka Boji, Bojji] is now divided between Bodji Choqorsa and Bodji Dirmaji.

Bodji ist the craddle of Mekane Yesus Church:

  • A former Orthodox priest, Gebre-Ewostateos, knew Oromo Christian songs (from Onesimos Nesib) and became the secretary of governor Dibaba in Bodji in 1898. After the divine service in the Orthodox Maryam church, he invited everybody to his home and he preached and sang evangelical hymns in Oromo.

Singers connected to the Mekane Yesus congregation (or at least Bodji Parish):

  • Fantaye (one of the well-known singers of the revival in the 1990s)

Singer connected to the Mulu Wongel congregation:

Unpublished songs

» Read manuscript of Mekane Yesus choir with 13 songs



Further study

Arén, Gustav (1978). Evangelical Pioneers in Ethiopia […] [p. 395-396; 403-406 on Gebre-Ewostateos in Bodji].

Arén, Gustav (1999). Envoys of the Gospel in Ethiopia […] [p. 59-103 on Bodji, 1905-1925].

Daniel Tesso Nedjo (2001). The growth and impact of Evangelical Christianity in Bodji District, 1941-2000. BA thesis. Addis Ababa: Mekane Yesus Seminary.

Nilsson, Marianne (forthcoming). “Spreading the Gospel in Vernacular: Hymn Translation, Composition and Circulation in Eritrea and Ethiopia”, in forthcoming book on Ethiopian Gospel Music.

Tegegne Nemera (2007). Persecution and its impact on church growth with reference to EECMY-WS Bodji District. BA thesis. Addis Ababa: Mekane Yesus Seminary.

Tesfa Djiren (1995). A brief survey of the origin and development of the Bodji district in the Western Synod, 1898-1974. BA thesis. Addis Ababa: Mekane Yesus Seminary.

Online resource on local history

Boji,” in: Local History of Ethiopia, compiled by Bernhard Lindahl, 2005 (published on the website of The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala).