The African Union (AU) has unveiled a statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I at its in Ethiopia's city Addis Ababa. The served as King of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The statue was created in recognition of the Haile Selassie played in the of the Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1963. He had a vision to free all African countries from colonialism and create and free independent countries on the continent. Speaking at the of the OAU, he said: "May this last 1,000 years." The OAU lasted for 39 years before it changed into the African Union in 2002. The AU continues Haile Selassie's of achieving greater between African nations.
Emperor Haile Selassie I was in 1892 into an Ethiopian family that traced its back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba three thousand years ago. He was a influential figure in Ethiopian history. He was a skilled on the international stage during a time of great . He helped lead Ethiopia to become a charter of the United Nations. Ethiopia remained a country that was colonized. Haile Selassie is revered in the Rastafarian . Around one million Rastafarians around the world consider him as a messiah who came to Earth to spread the word of God. The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to his removal from the throne.