PRINCE Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, arrived in the island yesterday to much fanfare among the local Rastafarian community.

Prince Ermias, who was accompanied by his wife Princess Saba Kebede, is here on a three-day visit to participate in activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s visit.

Hundreds of Rastafarian men, women and children flocked Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, where the ‘prince’ arrived on a flight from the United States at minutes before noon.

But the Rastafarians, who were beating drums, chanting verses, and smoking marijuana, said the gathering was nothing compared to what was seen half-a-century ago.

Following a press conference, Prince Ermias — who lives in Washington, DC — emerged from the airport building and walked to the car park accompanied by Minister of Culture Olivia Grange, Transport Minister Mike Henry, and representatives of the Commemoration Committee and the Republic of Ethiopia. He greeted the crowd of Rastafarians and thanked the people of Jamaica for hosting him.
He then journeyed to the National Heroes Park where he was greeted by Mayor of Kingston Dr Angella Brown Burke, before placing a wreath at the shrine of national hero Marcus Garvey.

“…We are focusing on making sure that we represent our custom; practise lifestyle, as Rastafarians, to be involved and, I pray that everything works out. I give thanks to the brethren and the sistren dem who have been focusing on the tradition of Rastafarians over the period,” Bunny Wailer, the only living member of the Wailers singing group, told the

Jamaica Observer.

Prince Ermias and his entourage also made stops at the University of Technology, University of the West Indies, The Mico University, and Jamaica College, where he was greeted by former prime minister Bruce Golding, who attended the school.

Golding, who said he remembered vividly Emperor Selassie’s visit in 1966, said the spiritual leader visited at a time of great significance when Rastafarians were oppressed and ostracised by society. He said Emperor Selassie’s visit created a platform on which Rastafarians were able to command the respect that they deserved.

Prince Ermias, in his response, thanked the Jamaica College family for the warm reception.

“You are the future …very bright people who would become future prime ministers, future scientists; but the important part of education is that you also have morality that goes with it that distinguishes what is right from what is wrong; what is just and what is unjust. Too many times today …we turn against what may seem a challenge because it doesn’t seem to resolve anything. What makes the difference and what makes leaders [are] principled commitments and if you work hard there is nothing you can’t achieve,” Prince Ermias told a group of Jamaica College boys.

Earlier at The Mico University, trainee teachers who shook Prince Ermias’ hands declared that there would not be any hand-washing for rest of the day as they wanted to cherish the moment.

“I am very elated to share in such a historical moment. I feel as if I am reliving a moment when Selassie I was here. So, to be a part of the festivity today, I am very proud,” declared history major, Rachel Dale.


    1. if! :ngakak :ngakak :ngakak that’s the nonproductive sector of Jamaica. The nonrass, American living, Prince by default due to poisoning of true royal occupant is just looking spot light.

      All that ganja smoking, drum beating, nondrodorant wearing a airport and a mussy only a handful ever pay tax or buy a patty fi tax pay fi palisados look good :siul :siul booom a ride and say peace out natty :sup2:

  1. Hi Met & All

    Fargo: Sellassie never Ras neither. Also, he declared he’s not God & you must worship the Christ ‘but that’s for another day.

  2. I hope these Rasta teach the youths the truth. That Salaisse was an Orthodox Christian, and ah “Jesus and no other name…” him sey. Other than that. Can someone please tell me what this Ethiopian Prince and New York transplant brought with him (besides his wife) to Jamaica to commemorate his grandfather visit? You know what let me take away myself.

  3. Being a Rastafarian has nothing to do with one’s hair. I honestly thought that individuals would have known that by now. Most who are on here commenting, don’t know a scintilla about Rastafarianism.

    Rastafarians are well aware of the fact that Haile Selassie I was an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. Why do you think the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is in Jamaica? The one’s just don’t understand what the Emperor mean to Rastafarians.

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