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    Posted: 02 Jun 2011 at 00:22

Haile Selassie I was an emperor of Ethiopia whose influence as an African leader far surpassed the confines of his country.

Haile Selassie was born Tafari Makonnen on July 23, 1892, the son of Ras Makonnen, a cousin and confidant of Emperor Menilek II. Baptized Lij Tafari, Haile Selassie spent his youth at the imperial court of Addis Ababa, where, surrounded by constant intrigues, he learned much about the exercise of power. Menilek no doubt recognized Tafari's capacity for hard work, his excellent memory, and his mastery of detail when he rewarded the youth's intellectual and personal capabilities by appointing him, at the age of 20, dejazmatch (commander) of the extensive province of Sidamo.

Upon the death of Menilek in 1913, his grandson, Lij Yasu, succeeded to the throne. Yasu's apparent conversion to Islam alienated the national, Christian church and gave impetus to the opposition movement led by Ras Tafari (as Haile Selassie was now designated), which joined noble-men and high church officials in deposing Yasu in 1916. Zawditu, the daughter of Menilek, then became empress, with Ras Tafari appointed regent and heir to the throne.


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Haile Selassie became a very important figure in Jamaica as well. Is it true that he visited Jamaica that was having a long drought and when he stepped his foot on the Island it started to rain?


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I believe that Halie Selassie's fame owed much more to the inter-war European scene than it did to Haile Selassie the person. Anyone who had been at the helm of Ethiopia would have received similar accolades. provided that they stood up to Italy. Religion too, played a part. A few years earlier, the Rif war pitting the Spanish and French against North African tribal or proto-Nationalist leaders failed to generate much sympathy from Europeans. By 1936, however, the world stage had changed. The plucky dark African descendant of the Queen of Sheba versus some Italian buffoon with a shaved head and funny uniforms. Who could possibly have rooted for the Italians? (And, yes, Mussolini was no buffoon, but...) 

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My colleague used to go on holiday each year to the same hotel as him. It was in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
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Originally posted by nakrul nakrul wrote:

<big>Haile Selassie I</big> was an emperor of Ethiopia whose influence as an African leader far surpassed the confines of his country.

<big>Haile Selassie</big> was born Tafari Makonnen
on July 23, 1892, the son of Ras Makonnen, a cousin and confidant of
Emperor Menilek II. Baptized Lij Tafari, Haile Selassie spent his youth
at the imperial court of Addis Ababa, where, surrounded by constant
intrigues, he learned much about the exercise of power. Menilek no doubt
recognized Tafari's capacity for hard work, his excellent memory, and
his mastery of detail when he rewarded the youth's intellectual and
personal capabilities by appointing him, at the age of 20, dejazmatch
(commander) of the extensive province of Sidamo.

Upon the death of
Menilek in 1913, his grandson, Lij Yasu, succeeded to the throne.
Yasu's apparent conversion to Islam alienated the national, Christian
church and gave impetus to the opposition movement led by Ras Tafari (as
Haile Selassie was now designated), which joined noble-men and high
church officials in deposing Yasu in 1916. Zawditu, the daughter of
Menilek, then became empress, with Ras Tafari appointed regent and heir
to the throne.


Read more about him here :

http://www.browsebiography.com/bio-haile_selassie_i.html





Until he was overthrown by the communist inspired Dirge, who imprisoned him in 1974 and he was never seen alive again.

Haile Selassie was of the Amhara tribes, from which, traditionally, the emperors came. His lineage can be traced back to Menelik I, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Originally posted by nakrul nakrul wrote:



Haile Selassie was of the Amhara tribes, from which, traditionally, the emperors came. His lineage can be traced back to Menelik I, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.


According to the Kebra Nagast Menyelek was also known as David. This is correct since we have overwhelming evidence proving that Solomon was the Pharaoh Ymn Htp III (Salim Amen - since Htp was the Egyptian word for Peace or Rest and Salim was the Hebrew equivalent.)
Syllables in Egyptian Cartouches were often reversed when spoken so 'Meny' would have been 'Ymen'   El was another Semite name for the moon God 'Twt' (Refer Ralph Ellis). Twt is Dwd in Hebrew which means 'David' (Refer Ahmed Osman) and this has to be since his grandfather was called Dayhwt - Egyptian for David.
Thus the name of Solomon's (Ymn Htp III) son was Ymen Twt Ankh which name became known in Ethiopia as Meny El Ek.    The bible uses a number of variations for the Egyptian word 'Ankh' - e.g. Onq, and Ak.
But we have more evidence for in the introduction to the Kebra Nagast by Sir Wallis Budge he quotes this legend:
"   A curious and interesting legend of the way in which King SOLOMON became the father of MENYELEK is found in a number of slightly varying versions among many of the tribes of Northern ABYSSINIA.   According to this the mother of MENYELEK was a Tigrê girl called ĔTĔYÊ AZÊB (i.e. Queen of the South),"
   The favourite Queen and wife of Ymn Htp III (Salim Amen) was indeed called 'Etiye'.   Egyptologists' own convention is to add the letter 'E' when no vowel is indicated in the hieroglyphs, yet they forget that some names begin with the letter 'E', so she has gone down in history as simply 'Tiye'.     We know that she came from the south - Ymn Htp III erected memorials at Soleb in what is now northern Sudan.
    Unfortunately I only discovered this after I had decided on the Arab version of Sheba when writing my novel - but have added an end note to that effect.
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Haile Selassie stated: "Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life."
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