A Black Empress’s Legacy (Taytu Betul )

I . Taytu Betul as a leader

“ Ethiopia is famed for being
A peaceful,hospitable
And warrior nation
How come  then it failed
To come to your attention,
As bees whose hive is threatened,
Citizens are ever alert to
To foil provoked aggression!

The 1889 treacherous
Wuchale treaty
I will tear apart
A messenger,with a tail
Between your legs,
Before you depart.
The Italian version
That tries to put Ethiopia,
A sovereign state, a pawn
Under Italy’s protectorate
Is completely opposed to
What Ethiopia’s
Versions indicate.

Till we meet
Your colonizing troops
At a showdown,
As a punitive measure to
A cheater or a clown
I will be tempted to smack
Your face
To ram home,valorous,
For fear we have no place.

II  Taytu Betul a strategist

To deny the invading
Italian troops, advancing
from Eriteria,
Advantages of logistic
We could do
The following trick
Indeed, we could shift
The battlefield
From Adigrat to Adwa
Also we could cut them
From a key water point
Till for truce they plead.
To this end,
A battalion
I will personally lead.
What is more,
I will inspire
To fire!
Parallel to that
Our injured soldiers
To nurse back
Wounded in the attack
Also dry foods
To prepare and pack.

III Taytu Betul  as a wife

Though independent,
With lots of love to
Emperor Menelik II,
My king and beloved husband
I will lend a cooperative hand.

IV. A beacon of independence & standard bearer

True to my name  Taytu
— A sunshine—
I will flicker
A ray of light
The oppressed for
Freedom to fight!

For a military prowess,
Leadership and intelligence
Have acumen! ////

Battle of Adwa took place1-2 March 1896.Black and women’s supremacy. See
Taytu Betul: the Great Ethiopian Empress who Said ‘NO’ to Colonization


ome to Ethiopia

If nostalgia beset your mind
Come to Ethiopia
A cradle of mankind!

Come to Ethiopia
With no hesitation
Ancient civilization
Will engross your attention!

Before identity quest
You smother
Come to Ethiopia ’cause
Lucy, your  great,
Great grandmother
You could watch closer!
A melting pot of
Over 80 ethnic groups,who
With cordial hospitality,
Will embrace you
Without standing to ceremony
Or formality.

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A mosaic of culture
A true place for adventure!

If you need
An original taste of
Coffee Arabica
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A beacon light to Africa
To freedom fighters
Up to Latin America.

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You will meet there
People who have to borrow
Valour from no where!

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Triggering off no
Feelings of discomfort
Mosques churches abut.

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In a way description that defy
A church by Muslims names go by!

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An exemplary country
To deter common enemy
To spur development
In a spectacular bent
Muslims and Christians unite!

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Whose name on the bible
Times beyond number
Is mentioned.

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For his persecuted
Followers, the Prophet
Mohammed a high-heaven marked!

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Now on the path of renaissance
Mutual regional growth and
A sustainable  peace
Are whose unwavering stance!

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A country with its own
Alphabet and calendar!
Of course you will wonder
when you get
Yourself eight years younger!

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To feast your eyes
On breathtaking water falls
Scenery and greenery
God-hand-made caves
Endemic animals and birds
Live volcanoes
Obelisks and
Rock-hewn churches.

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Aside from adventure,
You could collect
Invincible athletes
And successful Olympians’
Your souvenir picture
With them you may capture!
Of course
You can board ‘Ethiopian’
That was there when
The horizon of history
We scan.

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The celebration of
The finding of the true cross
The pilgrimage
To Sheik Hussein Mosque
And epiphany
Have no parallels by any!

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To enjoy
A Teff-made
Flat bread organic
Found not carcinogenic!
You will gather
Like coffee
Teff and its bread chemistry
Age-old, with it, that were there,
Are blessings
To the rest of the world
Ethiopia Proffer!

Come to Ethiopia
If you want to understand
As to what is meant
By black pride!

By Alem Hailu G/Kristos