Regent to the Empress Zauditu from 1916, Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen succeeded
to the throne of Ethiopia in 1930, proclaiming himself Haile Selassie
("Might of the Trinity").
An autocratic ruler, Haile Selassie, who claimed to be a direct descendant of
King Solomon & the Queen of Sheba. Selassie was also known as "The Lion King of Judah",
"King of Kings".
Selassie modernized Ethiopia but; by the 1970s the region's droughts and famines had
taken their toll.
Selassie was deposed in a military coup in 1974 and died while under arrest.
All references to his reign and name were removed from view & generations since
have no memory of The Lion King of Judah.