Category Archives: History

The Role of Egypt in Early Civilization

BY Ruth Kebede, BSc History opens the window in to the past which enables us to examine key events that defined and shaped the present and even perhaps the future such as the medieval monolithic rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, the … Continue reading

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Menelik II: August 17, 1844 – December 12, 1913

As we mourn the death of Nelson Mandel, Ethiopians, Africans and the rest of the world mourned the death of another black icon 100 years ago, Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia who died in the early morning hours of December … Continue reading

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Queen Taytu Bitul Hayle Mariam (1851-1918)

 Summarized by Surafel K Gebreselassie Princess Taytu was born at about 1851. Her father Prince Betul Hayle Maryam died in battle on June 29, 1853 when Taytu was only 3 years old. Princess Taytu married Menelik II, King of the … Continue reading

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Fikir Eske Mekabir : medical analysis

By Dr Surafel K Gebreselassie Part I : Bezabih’s Illness The late Haddis Alemayehu was arguably Ethiopia’s best novelist. He is primarily known for his classic work, Fikir Eske Mekabir (later translated to English as Love Unto Crypt by Sisay … Continue reading

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Queen Taytu : No Bland Diet For The King of Ethiopia

A conversation with the late Dr Yohannes Workneh, the son of the first Ethiopian physician, Hakim Workneh. Surafel: Who is Hakim Workneh? Dr Yohannes : My father  was  only 3 years old when he was taken prisoner at the battle of … Continue reading

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