Awassa (also spelled Awasa or Hawassa) is a city on the shores of Lake Awasa in the Great Rift Valley. Located in the Sidama Zone 270 km south of Addis Ababa, find Awasa is the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) Region. It has a population of over 260,000 people, comprising over 45 indigenous ethnic groups..
Awasa is home to Hawassa University (which includes a Main Campus, an Agricultural College and a Health Sciences College), attractive Resorts, Industrial Park, an airport, and more.
The Southern Region is very fertile, and is well know for its coffee plantations. Fishing is also a major local industry, and soccer and basketball are popular sports.