King Ezana

King Ezana (also known as Abreha or Aezana) was the first Christian monarch of Ethiopia, from the Kingdom of Aksum (which cuts across present-day countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan and Egypt). King Ezana reigned from about 320 to 360CE.  He is said to have succeeded his father, Ella Amida while still a child.

During his reign, he saw to it that Christianity became the state religion of Axum, making the kingdom the first Christian state in the history of the world. Axum was the first great kingdom in Ethiopia (East Africa) as well as a powerful ancient kingdom in Africa. The kingdom’s capital is now in modern day Ethiopia.