Bahá'í Faith in Ethiopia

The Bahá'í Faith in Ethiopia begins after `Abdu'l-Bahá wrote letters encouraging taking the religion to Africa in 1916. Mr. Sabri Elais,then a 27 year old Bahá'í from Alexandria, Egypt, introduced the Bahá'í Faith to Ethiopia in 1933.A year later, in November 1934, the first Bahá'í Local Spiritual Assembly of the country was formed in Addis Ababa.

In 1962 Ethiopia Bahá'ís had elected a National Spiritual Assembly.[16] By 1963 there were seven localities with smaller groups of Bahá'ís in the country. The Association of Religion Data Archives estimated some 27,000 Bahá'ís in 2005.The Ethiopian community celebrated its diamond jubile in January 2009. At present the largest Bahá'í community is in Addis Ababa. There are also a number of towns (such as Awassa, Nazareth, Mekele, Zway, Shashemenie, etc.) and rural areas in Oromia and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR) where active and growing Bahá'í communities exis

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