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Jamaica to host Selassie’s grandson

Regional 06 Oct, 2022 Follow News

Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie is popular in JA

Jamaica’s Rastafarians will be treated to a visit from Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Minister of Culture Olivia Grange has announced that His Imperial Highness Prince Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, will be Jamaica’s special guest for Heritage Week. Rastafarians regard Haile Selassie I as divine because Marcus Garvey’s prophesied: “Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned, he shall be the Redeemer.” That was swiftly followed by the ascension of Haile Selassie as Emperor of Ethiopia. Haile Selassie I is regarded by Rastafarians as the living God to the black race.

The Prince will arrive in Jamaica on October 13 for a week of official engagements. These include the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House and the National Heritage Week Interfaith Service.

The prince will also meet with the nation’s leaders including the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition as well as members of the Ethiopian and Rastafari communities and the National Council on Reparations.

Grange said she was “very happy that the Prince’s visit will take place during Heritage Week when the nation pays tribute to the work and sacrifice of the National Heroes as well as the everyday heroes who make such a difference in our communities.”

Prince Selassie previously visited Jamaica in 2016.

Heritage Week, which culminates with National Heroes’ Day on Monday, October 17, will be celebrated under the theme ‘Reigniting Greatness through our Heritage’.


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