by: Bro. Paliani.
are deeply conscious of the signal honour you have bestowed upon us
by your presence here in this oldest municipality in Central Africa.
Your Majesty’s continued devotion to public duty is a source of
profound admiration and inspiration not only to the people of this
municipality, but to all the peoples of Malawi.” (Mr.
Allan, B.T-Limbe Town Clerk, 3rd Aug. 1965).
- “This is a
great and historic occasion which will be remembered with joy and
pride by us and the generations to come because today, we are
welcoming a great son of Africa, a greatest soldier in the cause of
human liberty… Today The Negus Negaste is the symbol of African
Unity…It is said that Ethiopia has a recorded history of almost
3000years.We believe that when the history of another 3000 years
comes to be written, the era of Haile Selassie 1 will be written,
rightly written in letters of gold. And men will say that when
Rastafari Makonnen Haile Selassie 1 served Ethiopia, he served
Africa.” (Sattar Sacranie,
BT-Limbe Mayor, 3rd Aug. 1965).
is no exaggeration for me to say that this week, these three days
that His Imperior Majesty Haile Selassie 1 Of Ethiopia has honoured
us with His presence in our country, in our city, marks the greatest
day of my life, of my country, and of my people…His Imperior
Majesty represents one of the oldest ruling houses not only in our
own continent but all over this world… here is the direct
descendant of Queen Of Sheba and King Solomon…We have had the
privilege of welcoming and entertaining in our midst the one leader
in all Africa who has been responsible more than anyone else for the
birth of true spirit amongst Africans of African Unity and for the
coming into being of the Organization Of African Unity. His Imperior
Majesty’s long and distinguished career began a very long time
ago, 59 years ago to be exact, when at the age of only 14; he was
first appointed Governor of a place called Garar Mullerta in the
Harar province of Ethiopia. So far as I know, so far as I have read
or heard anywhere, I have never heard of anyone being appointed a
Governor at the age of 14.” (Dr. H.K. Banda; Malawi Prime
Minister, 3rd Aug. 1965).
the cross of Jesus on his breast, Tafari Mekonnen already King of
kings, conquering Lion of Judah and Elect of God, proceeded last
week to his second coronation, this time as Haile Selassie 1
“Power of Trinity”, Emperor of Ethiopia. (Time Europe; 3rd
- “The story
of his plea before the League of Nations to save his country and the
people is well known. He fought on the international rostrum not
only for the safety and integrity of Ethiopia but for the defense of
all small nations.” (Malawi’s
Times Newspaper, Friday 30th July 1965).
had an opportunity to be present during Your address to the League
of Nations in 1936 when the Fascists invaded Your country. I had the
opportunity then to witness Your courage and determination, in the
face of adversity, in the cause of Your people and the freedom of
mankind in general as well as collective security. I am very pleased
to see today the same determination and vitality in the cause of
world peace and collective security. (Dr. F.E. Aschinger, Senior
Financial Editor of Switzerland’s Neue Zurcher Zeitung; 4th Feb.
apparent that the sin which was committed in 1935 (on Ethiopia) was
not merely Mussolini’s or Fascino’s or Italy’s. This guilt was
shared by Britain and France. In some measure by the whole living
generation of the western society.” (Arnold Toynbee, Professor of
International History, University of London since 1925).
- Once it
(war) was on, he (Haile Selassie) not only directed his unprepared
troops to face the unequal struggle, but he also was on the battle
Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965)
one agreed that it (Haile Selassie’s Address to the League of
Nations in July 1936 on Italy’s aggression) was a great speech,
one of the noblest, most factual, irrefutable and moving ever made
before the League of Nations (Time
Europe; 13th July, 1936).
Majesty stands in the perspective of the history of our time as a
symbolic landmark, a prophetic figure on the path of man’s
struggle to achieve international peace and security through
concerted international action.” (Dag Hammarskjöld, U.N.
Secretary General, June 1954).
Imperial Majesty himself a rich and unfailing fountain of wisdom,
has been foremost in promoting the cause of Unity, Independence and
Progress in Africa, as was amply demonstrated in the address he
graciously delivered in opening this assembly.” (Nelson
Mandela; February 1962, Addis Ababa).
physically small, he had many qualities of a great leader: a
capacity for work, an excellent memory, a mastery of detail, a quick
and an inquiring mind, a broad outlook and a fine judgment of men
and issues.” (Dr. S.A. Ankitoye; 1976, 218).
lover of nature and patron of arts, the Emperor in his busy round
and under the heavy responsibility of high office, finds time to
acquaint himself with present day currents of thought and social and
cultural activities. (Malawi’s Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965).
- At 76 years
of age, His Imperial Majesty continues to work a 24 hour day, with
three hours of rest and one devoted to prayers. (Dr. Hoffman; Canadian Journalist, 1968).
Emperor’s daily routine is fairly traditional. Arising at 6am, he
attends prayers, takes constitutional walk or indulges in mild
exercises before breakfast. His working hours are usually long but
he finds dissipation in his pets. He is a lover of horses, lions,
dogs, birds, and others of animal kingdom. (Malawi’s Times
Newspaper; July 30, 1965).
Emperor personally lived a very frugal life, of course it is a fact,
he lived in a palace, and he was a head of state, the Emperor of
ancient realm. But personally, he was unselfish, modest and frugal
man. (Edward Ullendorff, Professor of Ethiopian Studies, University
of London, 1993).
there has never before visited Lambeth anyone whose church stands
interms of antiquity, in first place among the Christians of the
world. Your Highness, Your church has an ancient history of about
1600 years. Its beginnings approach the earlier period of the
Apostle of Our Lord.” (Arch
Bishop of Canterbury, Rev. Randall Davidson, 11th July
does not know that the Queen of Sheba having heard of Solomon’s
fame came by camel bearing spices, gold and gems to try the king
with riddles? Who does not know that she returned to her country to
be the mother of all kings? Who does not remember, as centuries
unfolded, their descent from King David? Who does not know of their
being of the family of Queen of Candace? All this proves the
establishment of their Christianity over the whole of Ethiopia and
their possession of an ancient faith over a long history…We
therefore make known to all of you, here is Ethiopia’s great Crown
Prince and Regent H.H. Tafari Mekonnen, the hope of Ethiopia who is
descended from ancient kings.” (Vice Chancellor of Cambridge
University, Dr. E.C. Pearce, 18th July 1924).
is a fact that Ethiopia accepted Christianity a long time prior to
us. It was only after the steadfast Christians who lived upon those
heights of Africa that we the Swedes, having accepted Christianity,
became families and communities of Christ.” (Arch Bishop of
Uppsala, Nathan Soderblom, 8th June 1924).
- “As far as
the Emperor himself was concerned, his conduct during offensive was
irreproachable. He was always in the zone of artillery fire and
continually exposed himself to danger. In the end, he went down into
the plain and machine-gunned the enemy himself with terrific
effect.” (Steer; 1942,
have admired the Emperor Haile Selassie for forty years, from a
distance as well as close quarters, and I may thus be forgiven if am
emotionally incapable of joining the rats which are now forsaking
the proud ship as it threatens to founder.” (Edward Ullendorff,
Professor of Ethiopian Studies, University of London, 1975).
his visits to countries (worldwide) His Imperial Majesty was
invested with several degrees of Doctors of Law from world’s
outstanding institutions of higher learning. These include the
Universities of Montreal (1954); Oxford (1954); Columbia (1959);
Calorina (1954); Greece (1954); Banares (1956); Cambridge (1958);
Howard (1959); Moscow (1959); Prague (1959); Portugal (1959); and
Liberia (1960). (Malawi’s Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965).