An Ethiopian reporter, Mohammed Ademo, claims to have discovered the world’s oldest living man, right in his native country of Ethiopia. If correct, retired farmer Dhaqabo Ebba is at least 160 years of age—46 years older than the oldest ever recorded man. Ebba claims to have clear memories of Italy’s 1895 invasion of the country and provided many details on Oromiya TV, a regional station, about the changes of power in his area during that time.
“When Italy invaded Ethiopia I had two wives, and my son was old enough to herd cattle,” Ebba said at home near Dodola. He went on to recall his childhood eight-day horseback ride to Addis Ababa – a journey that takes a few hours today.
While Mr Dhaqabo’s age cannot be verified, Mohammed Ademo notes that in an oral society like the Oromo, “every time an elder dies, a library is lost. Ebba is one such library from whom so much can still be preserved.”