- The Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie arriving in Geneva to ask help
from the League of Nations against Mussolini’s Fascist invasion of Ethiopia, 1935
He was the scion of a dynasty that was reputed to descend from King Solomon, a pioneer of African unity and independence, a staunch confederate of the Allies in their fight against the fascist Axis powers and the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian movement. He was a reformer and an autocrat, whose rule was brought to a brutal and ignominious end when he was toppled and murdered by communist rebels. The impressive, dazzling and complex personality of Haile Selassie, King of Kings, is brilliantly conveyed in a new biographical portrait by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, his great-nephew, and was hailed as ‘magnificent’ by The Guardian.
Below is a list of wonderful London events with Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the author of King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, taking place in the first week of March.
Tuesday 8 March, 7pm – Huddersfield Literary Festival
Lemn Sissay OBE, one of Britain’s best-loved poets, and Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the great-nephew of Haile Selassie, discuss their shared heritage of Ethiopia and the man who was its most famous emperor, Haile Selassie.
Location: Huddersfield Literary Festival, Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH
Wednesday 9 March, 2pm – Africa Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Oxford’s Horn of Africa Seminar series welcomes Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate for a lecture on Haile Selassie, the African emperor who led Ethiopia’s struggle against colonial fascism
Location: Fellows Dining Room, St Antony’s College, 62 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6JF
Thursday 10 March, 7pm – Waterstones Piccadilly, London
Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate talks to historian and commentator Victoria Schofield about his colourful new biography of the life of his great-uncle Emperor Haile Selassie.
Location: Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
Saturday 12 March, 3pm – Black Cultural Archives
A reading by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the author of the ground-breaking biography of Haile Selassie, the impressive, dazzling and complex personality who was the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian movement
Location: Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1EF, London
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