Haile Selassie: The Pillar of Ethiopia and Symbol of Resistance?
Vimbai B Chinembiri on May 5, 2017 — After about five years in exile in Britain, Haile Selassie, Ethiopia's 225th and last emperor returned to Ethiopia to reclaim his throne with the help of the British. Selassie returned to Ethiopia on the 5th of May in 1941. More than four decades later his legacy is strong. You may enjoy this documentary, which validates him as the pillar of Ethiopia.
1961-09-02 18:25:00 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I attends to the conference of State-heads and Government-Chiefs of 24 neutral states of four continents 02 September 1961 in Belgrad. After having led the revolution in 1916 against Lij Yasu he became regent and heir to the throne, westernizing the institution of his country. Settled in England after the Italian conquest of Abyssinia, he was restored in 1941 after the British liberation. In the early 1960s he helped to establish the Organization of African Unity. The disastrous famine of 1973 led to economic chaos, industrial strikes, and mutiny among the armed forces, and he was deposed 12 September 1974 in favour of the Crown Prince. He die in 1975.
On the 5th of May in 1941 after about five years in exile in Britain, Haile Selassie, Ethiopia’s 225th and last emperor returned to Ethiopia to reclaim his throne with the help of the British. Selassie lost his throne in 1936 after he was defeated by Italians and fled to Britain. Haile Selassie became the face of the resistance as he went before the League of Nations in Geneva for assistance. In his absence Ethiopians continued to resist the Italians, waging a guerrilla war to undermine and destabilise the process of colonisation. It is for this reason that the Tigrayans felt he did not deserve to return to the throne.
CGTN Africa reports that though he died almost four decades ago, Haile Selassie’s legacy remains strong and valid.
“Faces of Africa” sought to unearth the events and memories of the man who dared to confront The League of Nations, now UN, pleading for their support in conquering the Italians who were preparing to attack Ethiopia. For your Friday watch, enjoy their documentary posted in 2014 on the Emperor.
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