CULTIVATE A CONFIDENT CARRIAGE
Act Like A King, And You Will Be Treated As One.
By Dr. Yomi Garnett
“………Is it not written in your Laws, I have said you are gods?”
John 10:34 (NIV)
It was the tradition in Ethiopia that young princes from different noble families in the realm be brought to live in the palace for a few years for instruction in royal etiquette and protocol. This seemingly constrained scope of training was in fact a thoughtfully contrived façade that concealed a more articulately-designed curriculum in the art of strategic leadership and warfare, and one in which the young princes were subtly pitted against each other for the dual purpose of honing their leadership skills and grooming potential successors to the throne. In many respects, the entire exercise was an Imperial talent hunt of sorts.
Very early in the last century, a young boy, a son of Ras Makonnen, Governor of Harar Province in South-East Ethiopia, was a member of this elite class of princes. His name was Lij Tafari Makonnen, and he was brought to live at the Imperial Court in 1906, at the age of fourteen. Right from the outset, it was patently clear that this particular prince was a cut above the rest. He carried himself with uncommon dignity, exuding a supreme confidence that was not only a rare attribute for that tender age, but which far surpassed that exhibited by the older princes. His speech was impeccable and he had (continue reading…)