Give thanks to the
Theocracy Reign Order of the Nyahbinghi for forwarding the following
"An Emperor Tries To Unite
THE EMPEROR HAS TACKLED THIS SELF APPOINTED
ASSIGNMENT OF WORKING FOR AFRICAN UNIFICATION WITH VIGOR AND NO LITTLE
SKILL. HE IS A GOOD ORGANIZER... HE BEGAN organizing African unity,
not by writing a book expounding African philosophy or ideology, but
by building Africa Hall- contributing $2,000,000 from His own pocket-
to provide a suitable place for His fellow African rulers to meet.
Last May He invited- and in some cases
implored and cajoled- 32 heads of State to come to Addis Ababa at His
expense. Revolutionists like Nasser, Ben Bella and Sekou Toure, who
denounce "imperialists" and "colonial exploiters"
at every opportunity, found themselves enjoying the Emperor's
hospitality in luxury suites in a guest house especially built for the
occasion. Arriving for a massive banquet, Nasser entered Menelik II
Hall at the head of the procession with the Emperor, who led him by
To this day the Organization of African Unity,
founded at that May meeting, has no treasury except the Emperor's. He
has footed the bill, not only for meetings but also for temporary
staff of some 30 persons. He will continue to do so, at least until
next May, when a permanent secretariat is to be set up and a permanent
site chosen. No one thinks the site can be any other than Addis Ababa.
The Emperor's "philosophy" of
African Unity is purely pragmatic. No scheme, however noble and
far-seeing, is good if it won't work. For that reason, He differs with
Dr. Nkrumah's thesis that "Africa must unite now."
Selassie believes that the heads of state must
move only step by-step toward union
because "tradition cannot be abandoned at
once." They would not, He feels, agree to "union now"
and, disagreeing, would delay and possibly frustrate progress toward
co-operation and development.
... The O.A.U. like the Organization of
American States, is at best a confederation of wholly independent and
sovereign states. Real unity may be a long way off. But Africa Hall at
least has been established as a laboratory for testing it and the
Emperor has got the experiment started...
" When Nkrumah says Africans must
unite," said one delegate, "or Nasser urges Africans to band
together to throw out evil imperialists, people call them ambitious,
would-be dictators, and maybe draw away. But when the Emperor says the
same thing, people listen as if THE VOICE OF Doom had spoken."
... The Emperor is imperturbable and He is a good negotiator. As a
conciliator, He works on each disputant separately, winning his
confidence, and explaining to each what he has to gain from a proposed
compromise. He speaks carefully and never suggests radical change.
With these attributes the Emperor combines an
aura of righteousness that comes naturally to HIM. When they are
together, the "hotheads" of African revolution never
outshine the one and only African Head of State that the others still
consent to refer to as "His Imperial Majesty."
"We see HIM fulfilling an extremely
important role as an African Patriarch," says a Tunisian
official. Others describe HIM as the "KEY MAN" bridging
differences and idiosyncrasies of our many African leaders... a man
above politics and self-interest."
EXCERPT FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 8, 1964
Taken from Jahug
on the formation of the OAU