Portraits, bios & relics of royal family Members of African Kingdoms
Larger-than-life characters, intrigue part of history behind Battle of Adwa
Empress Taitou (Taytu Betul, ca. 1851 – February 11, 1918) (baptismal name Wälättä Mikael) was an Empress Consort of the Ethiopian Empire (1889–1913) and wife of Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia. She was the third of four children in an aristocratic Ethiopian family that was related to the Solomonic dynasty. Her father, Ras Betul Haile Maryam, was less well known than her uncle Dejazmach Wube Haile Maryam, who was the ruler of much of Northern Ethiopia in 1840s, and a rival of Emperor Tewodros II.
Ras Imiru Haile Selassie
Ras Imiru Haile Selassie His Highness Ras Imiru was a cousin (his mother Woizero Askale Mariam was the neice of Ras Makonnen) and childhood companion of Emperor Haile Selassie, Ras Imiru was among the princes of the blood most closely associated with the Emperor. He was a very progressive figure on the political scene in the early part of the Emperor's reign and was involved in the drafting of Ethiopia's first constitution in 1931.
Negus Mikael, King of Wollo
Negus Mikael, King of Wollo Head of the Mammedoch clan of Wollo, and originally known as Ras Ali of Wollo, he claimed descent from the Prophet Mohammed. He was baptised a Christian following the edict of Emperor Yohannes IV in 1871 ordering all the Muslims of Wollo to convert to the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia or lose their land holdings.
Princess Elizabeth Christobel Edith Bagaaya Akiiki of Toro (born 1936) is the Batebe of the Kingdom of Toro. She is a Ugandan lawyer, politician, diplomat, model and actress. She was the first female East African to be admitted to the English Bar. She is a paternal aunt of the current King of Toro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. She briefly (February 1974 - November 1974) served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Idi Amin.