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Solomonic Dynasty

Who is RasTafari?

RasTafari in an inborn manifest destiny based on the Divinity and Character of the one and only Indomitable and Invulnerable Quidamani Haile Sellassie ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ, aka Janhoy, Talaqu Meri, and Abba Tekel.



H.I.M. Haile Sellassie1st (Ge’ez:, “Power of the Trinity”) was born Lij Tafari Makonnen  (Amharic pronunciation lij teferī mekōnnin) 23 July, 1892 in Harah, Ethiopia. “Lij” translates literally to “child”, and serves to indicate that a youth is of noble blood. He was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He is the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to Kings from Ori, of 4478 B.C. His coronation was the 334th from the Solomonic Dynastic (Queen of Sheba and King Solomon’s union) line of Kings, and the 134th of the Christian Kings. Queen Makeda, was the Empress of Axum, known in the Abrahamic tradition as the Queen of Sheba. Emperor Haile Sellassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.

He would later become Ras Tafari Makonnen; “Ras” translates literally to “head” and is the equivalent of “duke”, though it is often rendered in translation as “prince”. Tafari, his given name, in Amharic means “one who is respected”, while Haile literally means in Ge’ez “Power of” and Sellassie means trinity (i.e. Haile Sellassie “Power of the Trinity”) his coronation name in 1930 (Haile Sellassie was also his Christian baptismal name as an infant). names, including Janhoy, Talaqu Meri, Arko and Abba Tekel.

H.I.M. Haile Sellassie 1st  royal line (through his father’s mother) originated from the Amhara people, but he also had Oromo, and Gurage roots. He was born on 23 July 1892, in the village of Ejersa Goro, in the Harar province of Ethiopia. His mother was Woizero (“Lady”) Yeshimebet Ali Abajifar, daughter of the renowned Oromo ruler of Wollo province Dejazmach Ali Abajifar. His maternal grandmother was of Gurage heritage. Haile Sellassie father was Ras Makonnen Woldemikael Gudessa, the governor of Harar. Ras Makonnen served as a general in the First Italy–Ethiopian War, playing a key role at the Battle of Adwa; he too was paternally Oromo but maternally Amhara. Haile Selassie was thus able to ascend to the imperial throne through his paternal grandmother, Woizero Tenagnework Sahle Selassie, who was an aunt of Emperor Menelik II and daughter of Negus Sahle Selassie of Shewa. As such, Haile Sellassie claimed direct descent from Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and King Solomon of ancient Israel.

Ras Tafari Makonnen married Woizero Menen in 1911.  Menen was an Oromo from Welo province and a deeply religious Coptic Christian.  The marriage between Ras Tafari and Menen was arranged by Lij Iyasu, Menen’s uncle and the grandson of Menelik II, in an unsuccessful effort to diffuse Ras Tafari’s opposition to his succession to the throne.  The politically induced marriage lasted until Menen’s death in 1962 and produced three sons and three daughters (Schwab, Haile Selassie I: pp. 34, 39; see also Haile Selassie’s eulogy to Menen in Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie 1, 1918-1967 [Addis Ababa: Ministry of Information, 1967], p. 650).

H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I


The Great Coronation

On this Date November 2nd in 1930 H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rapvK1imORY The ceremony also broke with tradition in a few ways: 1) By being delayed for some time after the death of the previous ruler,...

Mercy Proclamation

Mercy Proclamation

June, 1940 "By the Proclamation released on Hamle 17th, 1932, I announced to you that I advised the Italians in Ethiopia and who were completely encircled to submit to our Chiefs in order to avoid being killed. Consequently I recommend to you to receive in a suitable...

Declaration on “V.E. Day”

Declaration on “V.E. Day”

8 May, 1945 "Almost six years ago, on September the 1st in 1939, Hitler's Germany attacked Poland. For many people in the world — perhaps for most — this fearful day was held as marking the beginning of the Second Great World War. Later, with the wider perspective...

Council of the League of Nations

Council of the League of Nations

May 9, 1938 "The British Foreign Minster, Lord Halifax, after admitting the existence of resistance fighters in Ethiopia and expressing the British government's commitment to hold inviolate the Charter of the League of Nations with regard to the Ethiopian affair,...

Africa´s Independence Day

Africa´s Independence Day

April, 1963 "It has been five years since every year this day of April 15, was decreed to be celebrated as Africa's Independence Day. This day is celebrated throughout Africa. It reminds Us of the struggles for independence during the last twelve months and of our...

Honours Bestowed on H.I.M.

Honours Bestowed on H.I.M.

H.I.M. Haile Sellassie 1st presented Africa/Ethiopia with its first constitution. He also was an original draftee for the United Nations as well as the father of African Unity being a founding father of the OAU and its first President.

H.I.M. Speeches on Finance

H.I.M. Speeches on Finance

H.I.M. Divine Words of Wisdom   “Nobody can be unaware that in any part of the world whatsoever the vital principle of a government consists in money. As it is the soul that keeps the body alive, so it is money that keeps a government alive through all its...

Mandela on Haile Selassie

Mandela on Haile Selassie

  What do Haile Selassie and Mandela have in common? Among other things, both are Africa’s most prominent politicians who have come to be considered as inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Though one was a symbol of regal and feudal power and the other a...

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