empress-menenImportant Dates: The Earth Day of Empress Menen, Queen of Queens Woizero Menen was born on 3rd April 1891 (25th Megabit 1883), in the Egua village, Wollo Province. Woizero Menen was baptised Wolete Giorgis in St Delba Girogis Church. A skilful writer, Woizero Menen was known to be kind, compassionate and devoutly God fearing. In 1902 Woizero Menen married Ras Lul Sagud and had two daughters and two sons before divorcing him. She later married Haile Selassie I in 1911. For the first time in Ethiopian history, during the Coronation of H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Kings on 2nd November 1930, Empress Menen was crowned Queen of Queens. The Coronation was held at the St Giorgis Church in Addis Ababa and was witness by dignitaries from across the world. The sacred and happy union between Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen lasted for forty seven years, during which time they had three sons and three daughters and was blessed with numerous grandchildren.

Empress Menen made a huge contribution to the development of schools and hospitals as well as the social science institutions.