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I apologize for disappearing without notice. I have been out of my office for a while. Today, the posting will be about Menelik's appreciation of the working people. Again, it is purely a direct translation.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHIOPIA

"---- Menelik is the one who created modernization in Ethiopia ---"

Encyclopedia Britannica.

The world wide famous Menelik became well known with what he did for his people and his country, not because of his family background. Menelik who came into power at the time when promotion was based on family background did quite the contrary to appoint his officials. Menelik is the one who made the awaj " Appointment is according to one's experience and one's record."

Let me give an example regarding this philosophy. The mother of Negus Wolde Giorgis, Weizero Ayahilush, is the daughter of Negus Sahle Selassie. This makes Menelik and Wolde Giorgis first cousins. When Menelik became King of Shoa, Wolde Giorgis was a servant of Dejazmach Gobena Dachew. Menelik called Gobena, " I give you Wolde Giorgis as your servant so that he learns to work hard and learns how to fight." After serving under Dejazmach Gobena, and after proven heroic deeds, Wolde Giorgis was given a rank of Fitwarari. As a participant in the process of reuniting the country under one King " Hager Makinat " with Gobena, he became a Dejazmach. Later, he became Ras. Wolde Giorgis went thru the process to deserve his appointment just like any other average Ethiopian. When Wolde Giorgis was serving under Gobena, the ones that were trained after their surrender, Fitwarari Habte Giorgis, Dejazmach Balcha, Woheni Azaz Wolde Tsadik were the movers and shakers in the government. At Menelik's time, appointment was according one's resume.

Keakibrot Gar,

Theodros