Haile Selassie by Lucien Aigner - Haile Selassie was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and then emperor until 1974. He was born Tafari Makonnen in 1892, the son of Ras Makonnen, a cousin and close friend of Emperor Menilek II. Selassie was believed to be a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Rastafarians regard Haile Selassie as God on account of a Marcus Garvey prophecy.
Haile Selassie I (1892 – 1975), born Tafari Makonnen, was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and Queen Makeda, Empress of Axum, known in the Abrahamic tradition as the Queen of Sheba. Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.
AFRICA'S LAST Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I with his Lions. The lion is considered as Ethiopia‘s national animal and can be seen on various national artifacts such as the Ethiopian Lion of Judah flag and Ethiopian Airline.