For his latest video, Protoje chose the palace of Ras Menelik II in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the backdrop to his visual. Ras Menelik II was King of Shewa from 1866 to 1889 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to his death in 1913. At the height of his internal power and external prestige, the process of territorial expansion and creation of the modern empire-state was completed by 1898.
The Ethiopian Empire was transformed under Emperor Menelik: the major signposts of modernization were put in place, with the assistance of key ministerial advisors. Externally, Menelik led Ethiopian troops against Italian invaders in the First Italo-Ethiopian War.