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What Does Menen Mean?


Posted on October 12 2019

What Does Menen Mean?

Menen Hair Co. is named in honor of the great Empress Menen Asfew, who was the Empress of the last reigning Ethiopian emperor, Emperor Haile Selassie I* from 1930 - 1974. Empress Menen was also the very first Empress to be crowned alongside her husband to represent the crown and the 5,000-year-old monarchy with the governing authority.

Caption: Queen Elizabeth II, before she was crowned Queen, curtseying to Empress Menen. Accompanying the now Queen Elizabeth II is Prince Phillip bowing to Emperor Haile Selassie.


Queen Elizabeth II curtseying to Haile Selassie after her official crowning.

Most importantly, Empress Menen was a modern woman of her time from her hairstyles to her outlook on the power of educating young girls and women. The Empress built the nation’s first childcare centers and trade schools for working mothers. During this process, she single-handedly started the nation's conversation of equipping women with the necessary tools to lead through education and understanding the complexities of not only motherhood but womanhood and its power.


 Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Menen of Ethiopia

 We strive to spread the message and the story of Empress Menen through the organizations in which we collaborate, our branding, and our community outreach.

*Emperor Haile Selassie was the last reigning Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930- 1974. Haile Selassie’s lineage is traceable back 5,000 years to the son of King Solomon and Queen Sheba, King Menelik, also widely known making him a descendent of King David, and a descend of Jesus himself. Making His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I spiritual and earthly royalty.



Parnell, A. (2011). The Biography of Empress Menen Asfaw: The Mother of a Nation.

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