Thanks to our Euro-centric school systems, media outlets and everything in-between, we usually think Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Duchess Kate whenever the word “royalty” comes to play. And due to both the eradication and concealment of Black empires, it is rare that we hear of African “royal families,” let alone ones that outweigh European dynasties in greatness and longevity. Well, here’s a whiff of something you’ll probably never learn in any ordinary school book: the Ethiopian royal family has the longest-standing noble lineage in human history.
According to J.A. Rodgers’ 1oo Amazing Facts About the Negro, the lineage of the Ethiopian royal family is “said to be older than that of King George VI’s by 6130 years. The [former] Emperor Haile Selassi I, ruler of Ethiopia, traces his ancestry back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and beyond that to Cush, 6280 B.C.” #IfYouDontKnowNowYouKnow