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BLACK HISTORY MONTH-KINGDOM OF AXUM

MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2015

To celebrate black history month, OH TV is paying homage to historic African Kingdoms and icons in black history throughout the month.

This week we have a fact file dedicated to ‘The Kingdom Of Axum’...

 

The Kingdom of Axum is now located today as: Ethiopia

Established: 100 AD

Distablished: 950 AD

The Kingdom of Aksum or Axum, also known as the Aksumite Empire, was a trading nation in the area of northern Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Aksumite rulers erected a number of large stelae(a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected as a monument, very often for funeraryor commemorativepurposes), whichserved a religious purpose in pre-Christiantimes.

Under King Ezana’s reign Aksum adopted Christianity. In the 7th century, early Muslimsfrom Meccaalso sought refuge from the Qurayshtribe persecution by travelling to the kingdom, a journey known in Islamic historyas the First Hijra.

Its ancient capital, also called Aksum, was in northern Ethiopia. As early as the 4th Century the Kingdom of Axum used the name “Ethiopia”.

The Kingdom used the name "Ethiopia" as early as the 4th century.

 

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