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Sahag Boghossian dies

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A prominent member of the Armenian community Sahag Boghossian has died at the age of 98 last Monday. He was buried at the St. Kevork Armenian church near Seba Deredga area yesterday afternoon.
A lawyer, businessman and patriot, Boghossian has been one of the most recognized and well-liked figures in Addis Ababa.
Born in Addis Ababa in Arat kilo on July 22, 1911, Sahag was the 8th child of ten children.His father Krikorios Boghossian settled in Ethiopia during Emperor Menelik’s time and was important in the affairs of the state.
Sahag begun education at Teferi Mekonen School and did his secondary at the Alliance Francaise from 1918 until 1920.There, he was a classmate of Kebede Michael, who later became a celebrated writer and poet.
After graduating from high school Sahag left to France and studied law in Marseille.
When he came back home, he first went into private law practice and later joined a tannery business. In this task, he was energetic, gracious, and highly successful.
Boghossian has been close to Emperor Haile Selassie and had had his factories visited by the Emperor on number of times. His love for the country was highly remarkable and during the Italian invasion, he stood against the enemy and was imprisoned for while and later fled to Djibouti.
The military regime Derg has nationalized the tannery and other of his business. Despite all the difficulties, Boghossian decided to remain in this country, the only country he called home.
His longevity meant he had a first-hand, eye-witness knowledge on issues that affected this country. Many have turned up to him to tell them his recollections of events.
Sahag is survived by three sons and seven grandchildren and the late great abstract painter Skunder Bogohssian was his nephew.

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  1. Ayele
    August 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    My condolences to the family members of Ato Sahag Boghossian. It is indeed inspiring to note how the Boghossians affirmed their Ethiopian identity by immersing themselves in our history and culture. They will always remembered for their insistence and desire to be on the inside and get involved in the building of addistu Ethiopia. I hope the concerned parties will take the initiative to name a street in Addis Ababa after Ato Sahag Boghossian. He was a true son of Addis Ababa.

  2. ETENU
    August 28, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I agree with you Ayele. My condolences to the family members of Ato Boghossian. May he rest in peace.

  3. Elsie
    August 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    RIP Boghossian. Condolence to the family.

  4. chistaw
    August 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Great man. Put to shame many “ethno-nationalists. RIP.

  5. ABEL
    August 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Arefe,
    How is Ato Sahag related to Skunder the painter?

  6. Tamru Hampo Boghossian
    August 30, 2009 at 1:45 am

    I would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and kind thoughts. My uncle Sahag was a great man.

    Abel, In response to your question Skunder (my cousin) was Sahag’s nephew. Sahag Boghossian was the younger brother of Skunder’s father, the late Colonel Kosrof Boghossian.

  7. ABEL
    August 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Dear Tamru,
    Please accept my heartfelt sorrow over the passing of your uncle. My prayers are with you and the rest of the family. God bless.

    Arefe,
    I second Ayele’s suggestion that this is a family of patriots. I only wish authorities and civil society groups could get together to commemmorate their service to Ethiopia and to the world.

  8. August 31, 2009 at 9:42 am

    On my last trip to AA I have lived in Armenian Sefer. And I wonder where are the Armenian people?. Do not live in this area? “There are a significant Armenian community in AA?
    Thanks

  9. Abraham Assegahegn
    February 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I met Mr. Sahag Bogossian in 1994 after 25 yrs. at a shell station not far from St. Georgis in piassa. We maneaged to about the old days for little while and what amazed me the most was when he mentioned that he rememberd me when i was working for Gellatley Hankey Co. in Addis. He was as strong as i new him back then with a very sharp mind. It is with great sadness to learn that He passed away. God Bless His Soul and my condolances to his beloved families. A Assegahegn

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