Monday, December 27, 2010

Menelik II: Solomon's Regal Heir and King of Ethiopia

African history is fascinating. There are so many peoples, tribes, former colonies, cultures, conflicts, nations.  One of the most interesting nations in Africa is Ethiopia.  According to Ethiopian history and tradition, Menelik, a son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, ruled Ethiopia c. 950 B.C.E.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. Shoot forward hundreds of centuries to 1844 and a baby boy--Named Menelik II--is born.  Above is an image of Menelik II on an Ethiopian coin from 1889 E.E.(photo: Heritage Auction Galleries); below are two photos from different times during his reign.

It was at the Battle of Adwa that King Menelik II of Ethiopia defeated the Italian army.  It was the first time an African army defeated one from Europe.

Here is a brief documentary on the Battle of Adwa, when the Ethiopian army defeated Italy in 1896.  It is in Amharic with no subtitles.

Born on August 19, 1844, Menelik II was born Sahle Mariam in Ankober, a capital in the autonomous Ethiopian province of Shoa. His paternal grandfather, Sahle Sellaisie, was the first Shoan leader to become a negus (king); it was he who gave his grandson the name Menelik. It is said that Sahle Sellasie predicted that his grandson would grow to be a great man, a king who would restore Ethiopia’s empire...

CLICK HERE TO READ "Menelik II:  Solomon's Regal Heir and King of Ethiopia" by Eric Brothers

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