February 15, 2012

Ethiopians sign petition for emperor’s statue at the AU

Filed under: Africa,Ethiopia — ethiopiantimes @ 11:52 am
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Ghana President John Atta Mills (black suit), former President Jerry Rawlings (in yellow) and Kwame Nkrumah’s children Prof Francis Nkrumah and Madam Samia among others pose with the independence leader’s newly-unveiled statue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. PHOTO | PRESIDENCY.GOV.GH |

Ethiopians are signing a petition demanding the erection of a statue of former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie at the African Union’s Addis Ababa headquarters.

The campaign comes two weeks after the AU unveiled a statue of former Ghanaian leader and renowned pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah at its new compound.

Prime minister Meles Zenawi while answering a question in parliament called Haile Selassie a “feudal dictator” and termed the campaign “disrespectful”.

A team of self-organised Ethiopian politicians, scholars, elders and other individuals have also written a letter to the AU Commission expressing their disappointment with the “ignoring” of Haile Selassie.

The letter also called for the 54-member bloc to consider putting up a statue of the emperor.

The Nkrumah statue was inaugurated together with the AU’s new $200 million Chinese-built headquarters.

Nkrumah is largely credited with being the brains behind the creation of the Organisation of African Unity, the AU’s predecessor.

But Ethiopians have highlighted the role and contribution of Haile Selassie during the OAU’s establishment as well as supporting the liberation struggles of many African countries.



  1. Hello,

    I hope this message finds you well & happy. I am just asking you humbly if you believe in the truth/facts please sign the petition is about the Statue of Emperor Haile Selassie (HIM) on the AU building. I’m not monarchist or supporter but I believe in our factual history that we inherit as Ethiopians. I know there were others that contributed to League of Nations & African Union Organization but among them was HIM. Thanks for your cooperation in advance 🙂

    Best Regards,

    Comment by Almaz Mequanint — March 4, 2012 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  2. “Nice Statue” Yes, but incomplete, Kwame Nkrumah’ and Emperor Haile Selassie (HIM) King of Kings and God Elect the Lion of Judah should be standing together side by side.

    Comment by Remi E Badejo — March 13, 2012 @ 8:19 am | Reply

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