Artist Tariku Birhanu ‘Baba’ Passes Away

ADDIS ABABA – Artist Tariku Birhanu, who starred in more than 40 Ethiopian movies, passed away at the age of 38.

The artist, known by many of his fans as Baba, died on Sunday morning after a long illness.



Born in 1977E.C. and raised in Addis Ababa, Artist Tariku joined the art world at a young age. His career spanned many various acting roles in movies to directing.

The artist participated in more than 40 movies including Laundry Boy, Love and Facebook, The Engineers, Kebad Mizan, Abat Hager, Martreza, Wondime Yakob, and Ye’Arada Lij.

Tariku was also an advocator of the work of the Eye bank of Ethiopia – an institution that works to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas.

The bank said it was saddened to hear of the death of the prominent actor Tariku in a tribute on Facebook.

“We forward our heartfelt condolences to his family. He was one of our Ambassadors & pledged to donate his cornea upon his death,” the Eye Bank said.

A farewell program has been arranged at the Ethiopian National Theater for Monday morning before his funeral service at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

Artist Tariku is survived by his son.

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