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Historical Figures of Ethiopia - Negus, Princes, Heroes






negus tekle haymanot tessema

Negus (King) Tekle Haymanot Tessemma

In 1896, Negus Tekle Haymanot fought at the Battle of Adwa on the side of Menelik and was a hero of that action...

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dejazmach balcha safo, aba nefso

Dejazmach Balcha Safo or Aba Nefso

A white man came to him and asked, are you Dejazmatch Balcha? When he said yes I am, the white man said, surrender your arms, and untie your pistol [belt]. Dejazmatch Balcha said, 'I am not here to surrender my arms', and he killed...

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Empress Taitu Betul

Not only was she the first lady of Ethiopia behind the mighty Emperor as a proud African history was made at Adwa, she was also alongside the Ethiopian army at the...

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Fitawrari Habte Giorgis Dinagde

Fitawrari Habte-Giorgis was known for being a wise statesman who played a vital role in Ethiopian politics. It is true to say that it was because of his influence that Lij Iyasu was replaced by...

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Emperor Yohannes IV

Like his predecessor Yohannes IV was a strong, progressive ruler, but he had to spend most of his time repelling military threats from Egypt , Italy , and the Mahdists of...

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Prince Alemayehu

Emperor Tewodros II's wife, Empress Tiruwork, and his young son and heir, Prince Alemayehu, were captured and order was given to take them to England. Empress Tiruwork died on the journey to the coast and was...

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Empress Candace

This formidable black Queen Candace, was world famous as a military tactician and field commander. Legend has it that Alexander could not ...

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