Ras Mekonnen Gudessa, the father of Emperor Haileselassie

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Mäkonnen Wäldä-Mika'él Guddisa, also Makonnen Wolde Mikael Gudessa (May 8, 1852 – March 21, 1906) or simply as Ras Makonnen, was a general and the governor of Harar province in Ethiopia, and the father of Tafari Mäkonnen (later known as Emperor Haile Selassie I). His father was Fitawrari[nb 2] Woldemikael Guddessa of a noble family of Oromo origin. Makonnen was a grandson of Negus[nb 3] Sahle Selassie of Shewa through his mother, Leult[nb 4] Tenagnework Sahle Selassie. As such, he was a first cousin of Emperor Menelik II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makonnen_Wolde_Mikael
Mäkonnen Wäldä-Mika’él Guddisa, also Makonnen Wolde Mikael Gudessa (May 8, 1852 – March 21, 1906) or simply as Ras Makonnen, was a general and the governor of Harar province in Ethiopia, and the father of Tafari Mäkonnen (later known as Emperor Haile Selassie I). His father was Fitawrari[nb 2] Woldemikael Guddessa of a noble family of Oromo origin. Makonnen was a grandson of Negus[nb 3] Sahle Selassie of Shewa through his mother, Leult[nb 4] Tenagnework Sahle Selassie. As such, he was a first cousin of Emperor Menelik II.
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A man of dignity Ras Mekonnen Gudessa of Shewa was the first dark skin official to ever enter the highest office and speak before the parliament members of Italy in Roma around the year 1899 just three years after the battle of Adwa.The barefooted royal figure has led a number of highly recognized Ethiopian delegates over several Europe nations for brief state visit in the said year above and if you recall that I have brought the story of this well polished royal officer to your attention a number of times because he is worth to recall time and again.Ras Mekonnen the biological father of Emperor Haile/Selassie was fit to be a king himself, he was intelligent with a natural diplomatic personality but he suddenly past away in a brief illness in the year 1906 relatively as a young age of 53 the stunning Ras Mekonnen was the first Ethiopian ever to obtain a driver license from a french driving school in Paris around the same year of his European visit. He was also the first bankbook holder a long with Emperor Menelik and the second Ethiopian to drive a motorcar.
Eduardo Byrono

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