Grandson of Haile Selassie Visits Jamaica

The grandson of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I is making a visit to Jamaica. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie is accompanied by his wife, Princess Saba Kebede, on a three-day visit during which they will participate in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the visit made by his grandfather to the island in 1966. The Prince was enthusiastically welcomed at Norman Manley International Airport by hundreds of Rastafarians upon his arrival on a flight from the United States. The Rasta crowd included men, women, and children, along with people beating drums, chanting verses, and partaking of marijuana in his honor. After holding a press conference at the airport, Prince Ermias, accompanied by Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, and Mike Henry, Minister of Transport, along with representatives of the Commemoration Committee and the Republic of Ethiopia, greeted the Rastafarians who came to meet him and thanked them for their support. He make a visit to National Heroes Park and was greeted there by Angella Brown Burke, the mayor of Kingston, and placed wreath at the shrine of Marcus Garvey there. Other stops made by Prince Ermias and those in his entourage included the University of Technology, University of the West Indies, Mico University, and Jamaica College. At Jamaica College the Prince was welcomed by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who remembered Emperor Selassie’s visit in 1966, which encouraged the Rastafarian community to continue its efforts to obtain the respect it deserved. In remarks made at the college, Prince Ermias told the crowd “You are the future …very bright people who would become future prime ministers, future scientists; but the important part of education is that you also have morality that goes with it that distinguishes what is right from what is wrong; what is just and what is unjust. Too many times today …we turn against what may seem a challenge because it doesn’t seem to resolve anything. What makes the difference and what makes leaders [are] principled commitments and if you work hard there is nothing you can’t achieve.”