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This MEKONNEN EPIC production is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (

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Historical Fantasy Adventure as Never Seen Before!

Jerome Matiyas in Circle

By Jerome Matiyas

Artist, Author, and Visual Designer

Greetings! I would like to introduce MEKONNEN: The Warrior of Light, part 1, the first in the MEKONNEN EPIC  series of upcoming novels, comic books, and short videos.

The story is about a young warrior named Mekonnen from a flourishing empire in the Horn of Africa on a dangerous quest to find the parts o the Armor of God including the Sword of Light. He must learn how to release the power of the Sword and form alliances with various people in the region to stop the creatures from the Armies of Darkness from destroying their kingdoms. 

Mekonnen is an African superhero set in medieval times. 

Also, check out the jigsaw puzzles featuring artwork and characters from the illustrated novel, and the new comic book is available in the online store and Sankofa Bookstore in Washington DC. 


The Story

As the Armies of Light clash with the Mysteries of Darkness, the Kingdoms of Earth are caught in the midst, and the fate of all creation hangs in the balance.

MEKONNEN, a young warrior from a great medieval kingdom in the Horn of Africa, is caught in the midst of this ancient conflict between good and evil. His life is changed forever when his realm is attacked by malevolent agents of Darkness called the QataliyanWaynaba, the Serpent-king.

 The warrior must find the seven parts of the mysterious Armor of Egziabeher including the powerful Sword of Light to defeat these creatures and their terrible master,  Waynaba the Dragon-King. Can Mekonnen find the armor and Sword in time to stop the encroaching Darkness that has fallen upon the kingdom?  

Featured Videos

Take a look at these selected videos of MEKONNEN EPIC travels to the Mother Land, TV spots, ads, and vendor display. These is just a fraction of the many videos available. Come back again for more or browse the rest of this website, there is much more to see and enjoy!. 

Get the Illustrated Novel Now!

Available on in paperback and kindle. 


by HaileMariam Efrem

A tour guide's book in the Amharic language and script, by tour guide Mr. HaileMariam Efrem. 

Deb Anbesa translates to "Black Lion", referring to Emperor Tewodros II, one of Ethiopia's celebrated rulers in the mid-19th century. 

This book details the illustrious history, cultures, heritage, natural resources, people, and spirituality of Ethiopia! 

Now Available for the first time on in paperback and Kindle. 







"Full of drama! I could see it all like a movie, every move of Mekonnen fighting the Devil. Amazing story!!! Quite an adventure!!!"

Barbara Makeda Blake Hannah

Author, Music journalist 

Jamaica Media Productions


"The book is well-conceived, written, and illustrated in a manner that mixes reality and mythology as an integral part of the traditions and customs. In this overarching culture of society emerges a patriotic individual—Mekonnen."

Prof. Theodros Tadasse PhD
Professor of Biology, NOVA


“This book is filled with mystery and adventure. It’s spiritual and colorful with beautiful illustrations or graphic design. Creative and realistic but of epic proportions!”

Yerusalem Work

Author & Poet 


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