Adafersaw Yenadu

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Adafersaw Yenadu, also known as Adafrisau YeNado, (1873 - 1950)[1][2][nb 1] was an army commander, a member of the nobility of the Ethiopian Empire, and a patriot.

Biography[edit]

Adafersaw Yenadu was the son of Ras[nb 2] Nadu. He was a young favorite of Emperor Menelik II. In 1896, during the First Italo-Ethiopian War, Adafersaw Yenadu fought bravely at the Battle of Adwa.[3]

In 1930, Dejazmach[nb 3] Adafersaw Yenadu was appointed head of the Imperial Guard (Kebur Zabangna) by Emperor Haile Selassie I. On 31 March, during Gugsa Welle's Rebellion, he was at the Battle of Anchem as part of the Imperial Army. His forces were part of the reserves.

In 1935, at the beginning the Second Italo-Ethiopian War, Adafersaw Yenadu was with Emperor Haile Selassie. In March 1936, at the Battle of Maychew he commanded the palace guard and reported directly to the Emperor.[4] He remained with Haile Selassie to the end of the conflict and, in May, joined the him in exile. Adefersaw Yenadu stayed in Jerusalem in the British Mandate of Palestine.

In 1940, during World War II, Adafersaw Yenadu was in the Sudan at the beginning of the East African Campaign. He was entrusted with the task of negotiating political arrangements with the Arbegnoch[nb 4] and continued to do so throughout the campaign. In early 1941, when Haile Selassie crossed into Ethiopia, Adefersaw Yenadu was with him.[5]

In 1942, having successfully served his Emperor, Adafersaw Yenadu was made Shum[nb 5] of Sidamo Province and elevated to Ras. In 1948, he appointed as a crown councillor and a senator.[6]

See also[edit]

Footnotes and citations[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Different parts of Haile Selassie's autobiography indicate that Adafersaw Yenadu died in either 1950 or 1960.
  2. ^ Roughly equivalent to Duke.
  3. ^ Equivalent to Commander of the Gate.
  4. ^ Equivalent to Ethiopian Patriots.
  5. ^ Roughly equivalent to Governor.
Citations
  1. ^ Haile Selassie I, Volume I, p. 251
  2. ^ Haile Selassie I, Volume II, p. 104
  3. ^ Haile Selassie I, Volume II, p. 104
  4. ^ Haile Selassie I, Volume I, p. 277
  5. ^ Mockler, p. 316
  6. ^ Haile Selassie I, Volume II, p. 104

References[edit]

  • Haile Selassie I, Translated and Annotated by Edward Ullendorff (1999). My Life and Ethiopia's Progress: The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Volume I: 1892-1937. Chicago: Research Associates School Times Publications. p. 338. ISBN 0-948390-40-9. 
  • Haile Selassie I, Edited by Harold Marcus with others and Translated by Ezekiel Gebions with others (1999). My Life and Ethiopia's Progress: The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Volume II. Chicago: Research Associates School Times Publications. p. 190. ISBN 0-948390-40-9. 
  • Mockler, Anthony (2002). Haile Sellassie's War. New York: Olive Branch Press. ISBN 978-1-56656-473-1.