It is a special information page about Emperor Haile Sellasie I's life and reign.
Most RasTafari pages today on social media take a Christian and Biblical perpective, listing the Holy Scriptures that can be linked to the Ivine rule and person of the Emperor. So I choose instead to promote knowledge about His real life.
There are countless facts that all RasTafari can and should know about HIM. He was a real man who endured many hardships and successes like we do in our own lives today.
This blog can be used as a teaching or learning resource for the youth of RasTafari as well.
I shall update the blog with new facts every Wednesday.
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The Early Days of Exile: Granted Asylum
The Emperor Haile Sellassie I, forced into exile because of the assassination attempts on His life by Benito Mussolini’s armies, disembarked the passenger liner SS Orford at Southhampton, Britain on the 3rd of June 1936. Sir Elly Kadoorie is the man who gave Emperor Haile Sellassie I refuge when the Emperor first entered Britain. Sir Kadoorie’s house was located in Princes Gate Kensington, very near to the Ethiopian Legation. It was here that the Emperor prepared His speech for the General Assembly of the League of Nations scheduled for June 30th.
Eleazer Elly Kadoorie was born in 1867 in Bombay India to an Iraqi Jew from Baghdad. His family migrated to Bombay in the mid-eighteenth century. He went to Shanghai from Bombay in 1880 under the employment of the Sephardi Jewish firm David Sassoon and Sons. When he became wealthy he went into business for himself opening companies in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. He and his brothers became quite wealthy holding many businesses such as banks, plantations, real estate and electrical companies to name a few. He was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1926. In 1942 Kadoorie was captured and taken from his home in Shanghai to a foreign civilians prison where he died in 1944. He had a wife Laura and two sons. His grave along with his wife’s are in Shanghai to this day and are open to visitors.
View more information on Wikipedia about the Kadoorie family.
Sources: Elly Kadoorie Wikipedia, King of Kings by Asfa-Wossen Asserate