Yakume wrote:There was no country called Ethiopia before Emperor Menelik, the Negus of Shewa Oromo. Ethiopia was established by Negus Menelik, but without Ogaden and Eritrea. Until Menelik became King of Shewa, he was more commonly referred to by his baptismal name, which was Sahle Mariam. People began saying that the Emperor Menelik’s love was the gentle love of a mother rather than the stern love of a father, so he was referred to most often as “Imiye Menelik” (dearest mother Menelik), a nick-name that stuck and by which he is often referred to up to this day.
Yohannes continued the Tewodros but Menelik of Shewa (who was imprisoned by Tewodros for refusing to submit to him) and the British undermined his ambitions. The British let the Egyptians control the source of Nile, Lake Tana, and they occupied Gundet, Gura and Bogos regions. They betrayed Yohannes who was an ally of the British during the campaign against Tewodros at the Battle of Metema, in 1869. Even though Yohannes allowed Menelik back to rule Shewa after 10 years imprisonment, Menelik continued to play internal politics by seizing Wollo and putting Mohammed Ali as Governor while Yohannes fought Foreign powers.
However, Tigray and Amhara leaders believe they are not AFRICAN, but Hamito-Semitic and Arab people. When Haile Selasie was interviewed by the Nigerian Daily times about Ethiopian racial identity in the 1930s, he said, "That Ethiopians were not, and did not regard themselves as negros [sic], as they were a Hamito-Semitic people". Meles Zenawi, the leader and founder of of the current revolution in Ethiopia, said "I am Yemeni. I know myself to be a Yemeni. We are Yemenis. Apart from the royal family, the Ethiopians are Arabs".
Semira wrote:dejazmach of Tigray
Enough of twisting history and facts. The problem with you is that you exaggerate matters too much to look very important. yes, atse yohannes was a great leader and we all love him. But he was also treasonous and you have to acknowledge that. He brought the British all the way to the gates of megdalla and we lost one of the greatest hero Ethiopia produced I.e Theodrows. If that is not treason, you better go to hospital and get yourself checked. Teodros lived sleepless life unifying the fragmented country that was living a lawless mesafint and war lord life. He did not deserve such betrayal. An eye for an eye being the law, don't lament if minilik refused to go to metemma to assist yohannes. After all, you should know that yohannes was hated for the death of teodros.
You also need to know that yohannes was the most hated leader amongst the Muslims of Ethiopia particularly wollo muslims. He massacred them and yohannes was actually gunned down by this wollo Muslims from the back on the verge of victory according to those who were there at the time. Yohannes also committed genocide in gojjam and the trauma still exists there through poems and songs. And the main reason the mehadists of Sudan and the dervishes were so upset that triggered them to invade Gondar was because yohannes enlisted himself as a mercenary to the British colonialists who put their eyes on the Sudan. The dervish lived in the lowland and have no interest in highland Ethiopia until yohannes collaborated with the British as he did to Theodrows. In light of that, minilik was not foolish to sit like a duck till yohannes and the British get him. He communicated with Italy, France, Russia and anyone out ther who can assist him on modern weapons. As simple as that.
Don't twist history for your purpose.
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