Queen of Sheba
Definitely the most prominent lady of all times and for sure one of the most influential people the world has witnessed whose reign cut across most major religions in the world. The queen of Sheba has her name in most of the world’s books of life. This includes the Holy Bible, the Holy Quran and lots more.
Her rise to power was expected as she was of deep rooted lineage. Though mysterious, she is referenced to be from the line of Raamah, the son of Cush, the son of Ham, who was son of Noah. Other literatures have her to be related to Havilah, a descendant of Shem. Shem was another son of Noah. All accounts thus trace her back to Noah. It must be understood that Sheba was not her name but the name of the vast empire she reigned over. History could link both lineage accounts as there is a link in Havilah, as Havilah was also a descendant of Cush. The Origin of Havilah is believed to be in modern day Ethiopia. Accounts thus trace Abraham to be of Ethiopian origin as the bible clearly states the Jews migrated in search of the Promised Land and hence are not originally from present day Israel. This indicates Abraham’s skin colour and hence could indicate that the first Jews may have been blacks like their Egyptian counterparts. There is a verse of the Douay Bible (the most authentic version of the English Bible) which many believe was relating to the love between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. This indicated skin colour of either her or Solomon: “I am black but beautiful, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Cedar, as the curtains of Solomon.”(songs of Solomon 1:5).
To further buttress this, the ancient Roman historian, Tacitus, wrote that “many, again, say that they [the Israelites] were a race of Ethiopian origin” (Histories (Tacitus), Book 5, Paragraphs 2 and 3). Questions about her life have been left to controversy. Though some books depict the visit of the Queen of Sheba to Israel as a mare state visit, it is recorded that this lead to an intimate relationship between her and the then King of Israel Solomon, as the Solomonic dynasty of Ethiopia came into existence as a result of her intercourse which lead to the birth of her only recorded son, Minilik I, who ruled Ethiopia, leading to the beginning of the Solomonic dynasty, a long chain of rulers of Ethiopia, which concluded in the reign of Ras Tafari, otherwise known as Haile Selassie or to give him his reggae name Jah. Hence the attribution of Ras Tafari to be of the lineage of David and hence a blood relative of Christ the Messiah otherwise known in the Holy Quran as Isa.