The Most Photographed Man In The World

The new medias of the day are potent ways of sharing, and the uncountable, previously uncirculated pictures of Qedamawi Haile Selassie that are now spreading all over, show that he surely is the most photographed man in the world. From his early childhood as Lidj Tafari, son of Ras Makonnen, the Governor of Harar, through youthful days up to manhood as Ras Tafari, and from an age of 38, as King of Kings of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie 1st, it seems like the Conquering Lion of Judah has been photographed in every imaginable righteous situation. I take that again; in every imaginable righteous situation.

Combining the functions of a spiritual, religious and political world-leader, the Emperor was never caught in any act unworthy of His High Office. H.I.M. travelled the world like no other Statesman, and where ever H.I.M. trod, the Negus was the centre of attraction. Crowds gathered around H.I.M. to get a picture, or even a glimpse, of His Royal and Divine Person; even to get to touch the hem of his garment.

Cameras had been developing, and then, just like it was meant to be, colour-film was developed just in time for the Grand Coronation of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie 1st and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Menen Asfaw, which took place in Addis Ababa the 2nd of November, 1930.

This most significant occasion of the Coronation, that had been foretold in the biblical prophecies of Isaiah, was attended by local dignitaries and far away guests from all four corners of the world, representing seventy-two nations in total, and many with their cameras. The world-press was also there, and so it happened that one of the first times where colour-film was ever used, was at the Grand Coronation. Those pictures were later published in 1931, in National Geographic Magazine.

A World-Wide Dynasty and Righteous Reign had just begun, and it was witnessed by those who were blessed to be invited and present; those who gathered, saw it and hastened away, forward to their respective countries to share the films, photographs and great tidings. 

It is now eighty-nine years since the Coronation took place, and those photographs, together with thousands upon thousands of others, are still circulating the globe. Therefore, continue to share, and to care, and Live Up in the fullness of a greater Iverstanding.

Heart of Love.

Ras Ibi

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