Newaya Maryam

Newaya Maryam (Amharic: ንዋየ ማርያም) (property of Mary; throne name Wedem Asfare or Gemma Asfare) was Emperor (nəgusä nägäst) (1372–1382) of Ethiopia, and a member of the Solomonic dynasty. He was the eldest son of Newaya Krestos.

Newaya Maryam
Emperor of Ethiopia
PredecessorNewaya Krestos
SuccessorDawit I
DynastySolomonic dynasty
FatherNewaya Krestos


During his reign, Haqq ad-Din II of the Walasma dynasty gained control of the kingdom of Ifat on the southeastern frontier of Ethiopia in 1376, and began raids against the Empire.[1] According to E. A. Wallis Budge, the Royal Chronicles state that "little was known about" Newaya Maryam, and he died without issue.[2] He was buried at Asar, but his descendant Emperor Baeda Maryam I had his body re-interred at the church of Atronsa Maryam.[3]


  1. ^ J. Spencer Trimingham, Islam in Ethiopia (Oxford: Geoffrey Cumberlege for the University Press, 1952), p. 74.
  2. ^ E.A. Wallis Budge, A History of Ethiopia: Nubia and Abyssinia, 1928 (Oosterhout, the Netherlands: Anthropological Publications, 1970), p. 300.
  3. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia" Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 28 January 2008)
Preceded by
Newaya Krestos
Emperor of Ethiopia
Succeeded by
Dawit I