Historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores the history of the old African kingdom of Ethiopia.
You’ll need a couple of weeks to even begin to do justice to this sprawling country — bordered on the north by Sudan, on the south by Kenya and Somalia and on the east by Djibouti and Eritrea, which gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year guerrilla war.
In a high valley, with striated mountains stretching upward around it, Lalibela is Ethiopia’s main attraction. As the legend goes, King Lalibela’s mother discovered her infant son covered by a swarm of bees that wouldn’t sting. She took it as a sign he would one day rule and gave him the name Lalibela, meaning “the bees recognize his sovereignty.”