For All Points-Of-The-View.
Yohannes Woldemariam trawls through the history books to expose the truths of Haile Selassie’s 44-year reign over Ethiopia.
Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, died in 1975, but he lives on through the romantic lyrics of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and Ethiopian pop star, Tewedros Kassahun, better known as Teddy Afro.
Yet there is a wide range of views of the man whose full official title was: “His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings and Elect of God.” Some remember him as a benevolent ruler who resisted Italian colonisation. For others, he is a god, yet others view him as a tyrant.
Marley’s portrayal of Selassie is strongly influenced by the Rastafarian belief that he is God incarnate, as allegedly “prophesied” by Marcus Garvey. On the other hand, Teddy Afro, an Ethiopian, is promoting his version of Ethiopianism (Ethiopiawinet).
The Kebra Nagast (also known as the Glory of Kings) is the ancient text from which Selassie’s mythology stems. It narrates the relationship between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and their son Menelik I, who allegedly hid the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. Like Menelik II (1889-1913), Haile Selassie, a distant relation, claimed descent from the Solomonic dynasty. Inspired by this ideology, Ethiopian kings and emperors have conquered lands and enslaved ethnic groups. In this sense, the Kebra Nagast can fairly be compared to the 19th century expansionist white American ideology of the Manifest Destiny.
CONTINUE READING AT: The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop
Who was Emperor Haile Selassie - a benevolent ruler who resisted Italian colonisation, a god or a tyrant? [ #TheBlackListPub] https://t.co/Xyop8UbxKP … #YohannesWoldemariam #Ethiopia #Rastafari #BlackHistoryMonth— Kwasi Akyeampong (TheBlackList) (@theblacklist) February 15, 2019
Emperor Haile Selassie’s AU statue joins a growing list of Africa’s troubled memorialshttps://t.co/Vm8OqULqsZ— Kwasi Akyeampong (TheBlackList) (@theblacklist) February 28, 2019
GREETINGS: MY BROTHER
A dictator does not inherit power because of succession. Rather he usurps power through a coup and stays in power by altering the constitution of the country. A dictator is very powerful and stays in power through sheer force.
Dictatorship is a form of governance that takes shape when a commander stage a coup to depose an elected government. He declares himself as the President or the CEO of the country and passes laws to this effect. He suppresses all opposition by crushing them violently or putting all opposition behind bars. Dictatorship believes in the superiority of the state and that people exist for the state and not the state for the people. Dictatorship is considered as antipathy to democracy. IN THE CASE OF DICTATORSHIP AND MONARCHY: office of the head of the government is INHERITED in monarchy, while it is TAKEN by force in dictatorship.
Look around you the world there are 2 (two) forms of governance, Democratic and Communist. Ethiopia have never been a Communist Country. Therefore we African home and abroad must learn to respect our ancestors, Kings and Queens who have made it possible for us to enjoyed the privileges we shared today.
HONOR AND GLORY TO: His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings and Elect of God.”
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NOTE; WE CANNOT FORGET FATHER AND MOTHER OF CREATIOM.
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