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AFRICANGLOBE - On 27 August 1975 a French reporter phoned the Ethiopian imperial palace, which had been overrun by Marxist army officers the previous year. Haile Selassie I came to the phone. On a poor line, speaking good French, the "king of kings" sounded calm and composed, not suspecting he had only a few more hours to live.
AFRICANGLOBE - These were once the high and mighty of Ethiopia - princes, imperial courtiers, provincial nobility, aristocratic landlords, blue-blooded ministers, and much decorated generals. They ruled entire provinces, owned enormous estates, and commanded private armies and could boast of belonging to royal families tracing their ancestry 2,000 years to the founding of the Ethiopian monarchy.
AFRICANGLOBE- 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.
AFRICANGLOBE - One aspect of Emperor Haile Selassie I’s dream has been realised. Africa has attained its political independence. But until there is economic independence, until the people of Africa can enjoy the benefits of having diamonds and oil, until Africa’s leaders are responsive to the needs of their citizens more than they are to the needs of Europe, Asia and America, until we can work in solidarity to boot out the divisive elements causing strife in the DRC, Mozambique, Somalia and others; until then there can only be one thing as we pursue our dream. WAR!
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia - the proud, deeply religious, fast-changing former realm of Haile Selassie is something like the Tibet of Africa. Ethiopia is also, like Tibet, a place that many Western tourists are disappointed to see in the flesh, because it’s a thriving and full-bloodedly commercial country, rather than a poor, austere charity appeal film where proud but famished people scratch at subsistence crops in the shadow of rock-hewn churches.