By: Fridah Wanjiku | Fri 22 Apr 2016, 12:00
Emperor Haile Selassie I is synonymous to the African freedom movement! His names command power and great respect. Haile was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He worked to modernise Ethiopia for several decades before famine and political opposition forced him out of office in 1974.
Here are six facts about Haile Selassie you might not know:
1. He was born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael. In 1928, he appointed himself king and two years later he was made emperor and assumed the name Haile Selassie, which means "Might of the Trinity".
2. He was born in a mud hut in Ejersa Gora on 23 July 1892.
3. In 1923, he led Ethiopia into the League of Nations. The following year, he traveled to Europe, becoming the first Ethiopian ruler to go abroad.
4. He was voted Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1936
5. The Rastafarians consider him their Messiah.
6. In 1992, Haile Selassie's remains were discovered, buried under a toilet in the Imperial Palace. In November 2000, the late emperor received a proper burial when his body was laid to rest in Addis Ababa's Trinity Cathedral.
For more on Africa’s greatest Emperor, tune in to Great Africans: Haile Selassie on Friday 22 April at 22:00 CAT on Maisha Magic East.