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The African Union (AU) has [unveiled / veiled] a statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I at [its / that] headquarters in Ethiopia's capital city Addis Ababa. The emperor [service / served] as King of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The statue was created in [recognition / recognized] of the role Haile Selassie played in the creation [for / of] the Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1963. He had a [version / vision] to free all African countries from colonialism and create strong and free independent countries on the [incontinent / continent] . Speaking at the inauguration of the OAU, he said: "May this [union / unison] last 1,000 years." The OAU lasted for 39 years before it [challenged / changed] into the African Union in 2002. The AU continues Haile Selassie's vision of [achieving / achievement] greater unity between African nations.

Emperor Haile Selassie I was [born / birthed] in 1892 into an Ethiopian family that traced its [roots / root] back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba three thousand years ago. He was a highly [influence / influential] figure in contemporary Ethiopian history. He was a [skilled / skill] politician on the international stage [among / during] a time of great turmoil. He helped lead Ethiopia to become a [chatter / charter] member of the United Nations. Ethiopia remained a country that was never [colonized / colony] . Haile Selassie is [revered / revved] in the Rastafarian religion. Around one million Rastafarians around the world consider him as messiah who came to Earth to [spread / fan out] the word of God. The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to his eventual [removal / remover] from the throne.

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