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The Biography of Ras Mekonnen Wolde Mikael (1852 - 1906). This book offers a portrayal of one of the most celebrated nineteenth century Ethiopian aristocrat.

During the span of fifty four years, this illustrious nobleman served his country in numerous ways. As the first governor of Harer, Ras Mekonnen had made a significant contribution to the development of this newly acquired territory. The Ras made two trips abroad. First as a special envoy to sign the fateful supplemental article to the Wechale Treaty. Second as the special emissary during the coronation of Edward VII. His exposure to the West had had a profound impact on him and he became tireless in his pursuit to develop Western education in his country.

This publication is part of a 30 minute documentary DVD. This is the first title of the Lul Academe historical preservation program. For more information, go to our web site at http://


About the Author

Esther Antohin
eantohin Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Born and raised in Ethiopia. Member of the Ethiopian Royal family. Early education in an English boarding school. Escaped from Ethiopia in 1977 and immigrated to the United States the same year. Undergraduate Studies at New York University. Married to Anatoly Antohin in 1984. Mother of a daughter and a son. Moved to Fairbanks Alaska in 1989. Obtained a master degree in cultural anthropology in 2005. Published first book 'Ethiopians & Rastafari' in 2007. The author frequently travels to Ethiopia for research. In addition to her current book 'Astewatso', her third book which is based on life histories of Ethiopians during the military dictatorship (1974 - 1991) is due out in the fall 2009.

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