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Empress Menen Asfaw (Baptismal name Walatta Giyorgis) 25 March 1883 Ethiopian Calendar, 3 April 1891 Gregorian Calendar was the wife and consort of Emperor Haile Sellassie 1st of Ethiopia.
Empress Menen was the daughter of Asfaw, Jantirar of Ambassel. She was a direct descendant of Emperor Lebna Dengel, through Emperor Gelawdewos and his daughter Princess Enkulal Gelawdewos and this genealogy was deleted from the official history of Etege Menen.
The title of Jantirar has traditionally belonged to the head of the family holding the mountain fortress of Ambassel, and Jantirar Asfaw was one of them. Her mother was Woizero Sehin Mikael, half-sister of Lij Iyasu (Iyasu V), and daughter of Negus Mikael of Wollo. Woizero Sehin's mother, Woizero Fantaye Gebru, was a direct descendant of Emperor Susenyos I in the "Seyfe Melekot" line.
Empress Menen and Emperor Haile Selassie were the parents of six children: Princess Tenagnework, Prince Asfaw Wossen (Emperor-in-Exile Amha Selassie I), Princess Tsehai, Princess Zenebework, Prince Makonnen, Duke of Harar, and Prince Sahle Selassie.