CONTRIBUTED BY: EUELL A. NIELSEN Emperor Menelik II was one among Ethiopia’s best leaders, ruling as King and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913. He was born Sahle Miriam on August 17, 1884, in Ankober, Shewa, Ethiopia. His mom, Woizero Ejigayehu Lemma Adyamo, was a palace servant, and his father was Prince Haile-Melekot, Son of King Sahle Sillasse. Throughout an 1855 invasion by Emperor Tewodros II, Melekot was killed and Miriam was taken prisoner, and held captive for ten years within the emperor’s mountain stronghold of Amba Magdela. He was raised alongside the Emperor’s kids and handled as a prince.


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