Statue of Emperor Haile Selassie Unveiled at African Union HQ
February 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The statue of Emperor Haile Selassie was unveiled in the premises of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
The unveiling ceremony of the statute was attended by Heads of State and Government attending the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.
The statue is in recognition of Emperor Hale Silassie's contribution to Africa’s liberation and unity, leading up to the founding of the Organization of African Unity OUA) in 1963.
Emperor Haile Silassie of Ethiopia was one of African leaders who, in the early 1960s, when independence was sweeping throughout the continent, spoke about a united Africa that will end colonization in the whole continent.
Along with Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the second president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Tanzania’s first president, Julius Nyerere, and many others, he harticulated the idea of African union in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
Whereas as some of the then leading figures of Africa proposed the immediate formation of a United States of Africa, Emperor Hailesilassie and others advised for the gradual formation of African Union, beginning with the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which was the precursor to the African Union we have today.
Emperor Haile Selassie invited all African leaders to Addis Ababa for a summit where the OAU was formed on May 25, 1963, and headquartered in Addis Ababa, based on his proposal which gained the signatures of all the 32 independent African states.
Emperor Hailesialssie financed the building of an Africa Hall worth $2 million to provide a place for African leaders to meet. He also footed the bill for a luxurious guest house and banquet among others.