Ras Mekonnen would've easily found himself higher up the influence list had he not died too early. Emperor Menelik strongly favored him for the succession but he died even before Menelik. He was born into a well connected family. His father was a Shewa Oromo aristocrat with a rank of Dejazmach who changed his name to Wolde-Mikael after he was baptized. ...more--->http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46194=264695
Ras Wolde Giorgis Aboye Ras Wolde Giorgis Aboye (later Nigus Wolde Giorgis, King of Gondar) was a grandson of King Sahle Selassie of Shewa and first cousin to Emperor Menelik II, and a first cousin once removed to both Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie. He was one of Menelik's leading generals, who led several campaigns in the south and helped re-incorporate various regions back into the Ethiopian Empire.
H.I.M Haile Selassie was born in 1892 at the city of Harar; Ras Tafari Makonnen, as he was then known became regent in 1916. He ascended the throne in 1930 as Haile selassie 1. He was a member of the dynastic line which had occupied the throne of Ethiopia since the legendary union of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.His father was a cousin and the leading general of Emperor Menelik 11 who ruled at the turn of the century.