In Africa, Ethiopia has some unique histories, particularly in days of Emperor Haile Sellassie. It was during his period Ethiopia produced the tallest Ethiopian soldier, Basha Balahu aka Balihu in 1935.
In a short history of the man called Basha Balahu aka Balihu, according to Carl Lee McGill on Facekook, Balihu was born in Gambella in the 1910s.
There are few documentation about Basha Balahu, but the few we stumbled upon say Balihu came to limelight when he was first brought to an Ethiopian court for unknown crimes he committed.
Balahu’s exceptional height specifically caught the attention of Emperor Haile Sellassie at the time and ordered his release.
Sellassie later appointed Basha Balahu the ‘Imperial Umbrella Carrier of the Lion of Judah’.
“Balahu also held the most envied post of the entire Ethiopian empire, that of a drum major as seen here in this photograph . Standing tall at 7ft 5in, he is considered to be the tallest ever Ethiopian soldier In 1936,” McGill said.
How Basha Balahu was killed
“Ethiopia became the target of renewed Italian imperialist designs in the 1930s. Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime was keen to avenge the military defeats Italy had suffered to Ethiopia in the First Italo-Abyssinian War, and to efface the failed attempt by “liberal” Italy to conquer the country, as epitomised by the defeat at Adwa.”
Ethiopia was invaded again, and we learned Balahu was captured and jailed.
He was later executed by the Italians under charges of anti-Italian activities and espionage.
“Ethiopia is a country in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south,” Wikipedia