Dereje Eshetu, 26, is multi-talented youth whose
part-time security job at the Voltage Club of the
new five-star Intercontinental Hotel in Kazanchis
area keeps him busy at night, and the day time
is for his work in a wood workshop. He also studies
IT under the 10+3 programme of the National College.
He was one of the dozens of security guards who
escorted the body of the late legendary musician,
Tilahun Gessesse, at his funeral on April 23, 2009.
Just a few minutes after Tilahun's body was buried
at the Trinity Church, someone from the crowd in the
cathedral saw Dereje and suddenly started to shout,
"Teddy, Teddy!" He had been holding Tilahun's
picture and he thought the crowd was shouting in
tribute to the singer.
The crowd continued to shout, "Teddy, Teddy" and the
police had to take measures to disperse the crowd.
Except for the one moment when he escorted Teddy to
the Addis Abeba stadium for the Millennium eve
concert in 2007, Dereje has never formally met
Teddy, but lots of people, including some who
attended Tilahun's funeral, mistook him for Teddy.
I saw how deep the crowd's love is for Teddy, as it
was for Tilahun, he told Fortune.
One of the youth from the crowd who felt so elated
at seeing "Teddy" when he saw Dereje, jumped on the
mercedeze benz Dereje was in and then kissed him.
Teddy's mother came to Tilahun's house on the next
day, where she saw Dereje and admitted that indeed
Teddy and Dereje looked quite alike.