A century later Ethiopians recall reformist ruler

Seleshi Tessema 20.10.2020 Ruler Lij Ilyasu’s plans to ensure justice, inclusivity angered nobility, church and colonial powers At a time, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a Nobel laureate is trying to…

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THE SECOND ITALO-ABYSSINIAN WAR (1935–1936)

CONTRIBUTED BY: EPHREM YARED The Second Italo-Abyssinian War was Italy’s conquest of Ethiopia, a process it began after the 1885 Partition of Africa. Italy was defeated in its first attempt at conquest at the battle of Adwa in 1896, allowing…

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JOHN CHARLES ROBINSON (1903-1954)

CONTRIBUTED BY: EPHREM YARED John Charles Robinson, nicknamed the Brown Condor, was an African American aviator who fought with the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force against Benito Mussolini and Fascist Italy during the Second Italian-Ethiopian War, 1935–1936. He is also known…

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EMPRESS ZEWDITU (1876-1930)

Empress Zewditu of Ethiopia was born on April 29, 1876 as Askala Maryam in the city of Harrar in Enjersa Goro Province, Ethiopia. Her mother was Abechi, a Shewan noblewoman and her father was Menelik…

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AMHA SELASSIE (1916-1997)

CONTRIBUTED BY: SAHEED ADEJUMOBI Amha Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, was proclaimed ruler of the state three times, first in 1960, then in 1975, and finally while in exile in 1989.  Selassie was born Asfaw…

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EMPEROR MENELIK II (SAHLE MIRIAM) (1844-1913)

CONTRIBUTED BY: EUELL A. NIELSEN Emperor Menelik II was one of Ethiopia’s greatest leaders, ruling as King and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913. He was born Sahle Miriam on August 17,…

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Haile Selassie, the “Last Christian Emperor”

Aleteia Ethiopia was among the first nations to adopt Christianity as its official religion. The “Last Christian Emperor” is an almost forgotten description of Haile Selassie, late Emperor of Ethiopia. More usually…

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Ethiopian Airlines-History

8th April 1946: The first scheduled flight took place to Cairo via Asmara in Douglas C-47 Skytrain. The national airline had been set up a few months earlier as Ethiopian Air Lines…

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