Published On: Mon, Oct 31st, 2016

Let Us Walk You Through The Ethiopian History Before And Now With The current Politics Part 2-3 !

Haile Selassie I


Last Emperor of Ethiopia
Born in Ethiopia in 1892  in a mud hut in Ejersa Gora
on July 23, 1892. Originally named Lij Tafari Makonnen,
he was the only surviving and legitimate son of
Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harar.
His start came from being governor of a province in
Ethiopia at age 13
In 1913, however, after the passing of Menelik II, it was
the emperor’s grandson, Lij Yasu, not Tafari, who was
appointed as emperor. But Yasu, who maintained a close association with Islam,
never gained favor with Ethiopia’s majority Christian population. As a result Tafari
became the face of the opposition, and in 1916 he took power from Lij Yasu and
imprisoned him for life. The following year Menelik II’s daughter, Zauditu,
became empress, and Tafari was named regent and heir apparent to the throne.
For a country trying to gain its foothold in the young century and curry favor with
the West, the progressive Tafari came to symbolize the hopes and dreams of
Ethiopia’s younger population. In 1923 he led Ethiopia into the League of Nations.
The following year, he traveled to Europe, becoming the first Ethiopian ruler to go
abroad .
In 1928 he appointed himself king, and two years later,
in 1930 after Zauditu’s death he took throne, he was made emperor and assumed
the name Haile Selassie (“Might of the Trinity”).
1931 He introduced the first constitution
1936 fled to exile in Great Britain when the Italians came
1941 restored to the throne

By the early 1970s famine, ever-worsening unemployment and increasing frustration
with the government’s inability to respond to the country’s problems began to
undermine Haile Selassie’s rule.

In February 1974 His reign ended with high unemployment, poverty, famine
(that took over 200,000 lives) – led to a military coup where he was put under house
arrest and died shortly after this (some think murder was the cause but it is still unknown)

Haile Selassie I is considered the “jah” of Rastafarianism
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Celebrations of Rastafarians (this is a list of a few of the Rastafarian celebrations)
Coronation Day –Celebration of the day of Haile Selassie I’s coronation
Grounation Day – Celebration of Haile Selassie I’s visit to Jamaica in 1966

Haile Selassie I,  during his reign as Emperor of Ethiopia, gave an influential speech to the United Nations on October 6, 1963. His previous encounter at the United Nations was during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1936. It was at that time he would ask for assistance with the Italian occupation but would receive none. His next address to the UN would occur in 1963.







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Let Us Walk You Through The Ethiopian History Before And Now With The current Politics Part 2-3 !