Ethiopian greatest Emperor, Haile Selassie originally called Tafari Makonnen, has been honoured in Ethiopia with a majestic statue by African Union(AU).
In recognition of his role in the evolution of Africa’s development agenda, the African Union (AU), on Sunday, unveiled a commemorative statue of Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Chairperson of AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, alongside other leaders at the opening of the 32nd AU summit in Addis Ababa.
Scores of African leaders including Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, as well as, relatives of the late emperor and foreign diplomats attended the ceremony.
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The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God was the last emperor of the Solomonic Dynasty that ruled Ethiopia until September 12, 1974, when he was deposed at the age of 82.
The reign of one of the most popular leaders of the 19th century was cut short by the Soviet-backed Derg military regime, formally known as the Provisional Military Government of Socialist Ethiopia, which ruled till 1991.
The Emperor’s astute voice successfully gained the signatures of all the 32 independent African states on the charter that established the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963.