Emperor Haile Selassie I is one of the most prominent African personalities in history. His selfless leadership and great contribution to the development of Africa is phenomenal and beyond measure. He stood firm for the development and freedom of his people and country (Ethiopia).
Haile Selassie believed in the unity of the African people and was one of the forerunners in the formation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU). Lovers of Rastafarianism holds him in high esteem and believe strongly in his teachings. Some Rastafaris revered him as the biblical returned messiah and God incarnate.
Below is a brief excerpt on the history of Emeror Haile Selassie I from a book titled ‘OUR AFRICAN IDENTITY‘ by Imam Husain Rashid:
Emperor Haile Selassie I was the last and the most effective and powerful emperor of Ethiopia. Born near Harer on July 23, 1892, and originally named Tafari Makonnen, Selassie was a grandnephew of Emperor Menelik II. When Zauditu, the daughter of Emperor Menelik II died in 1930, Selassie succeeded her, taking the name Haile Selassie I. His titles included Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, and King of Kings.
In 1935 the Italian invade Ethiopia, and Selassie appealed to the League of Nations for military support to resist them but in vain. Haile Selassie went into exile in England in May 1936. There he helped the British plan the campaign that led to the liberation of Ethiopia and his return to power in 1941. The emperor then began rebuilding his war-torn country.
On 28 August 1975, Haile Selassie passed on to eternity. This has left many in the African continent and in the diaspora in a state of mourning for many years. However, some Rastafari refused to accept that Haile Selassie truly died. Till date, the death of Haile Selassie is a contested issue which is debated within the Rastafari movement. Because, some believed he did not actually died in 1975.
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