Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Lion of Judah and Emperor of Abyssinia was a frequent visitor to St Paul’s Church during his exile in England after the Italian occupation of his country. HIM Haile Selassie claimed descent from the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Read More »
There is a plaque in the church to commemorate the five years he and his family spent in England and his generous gift towards the repair to the tower of the church. It reads:-
“This plaque commemorates a generous gift towards the repair to the tower of this church in 1947 by H.I.M Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia as a mark of appreciation for the five years spent in England. By his Granddaughter Princess Aida Desta.”
During his exile in Britain Tafari spent much time in Brighton and Hove. He stayed in a house in Woodingdean in the former house of Max Miller the Brighton music hall performer. The site of the main house is now Ovingdean Close, Ovingdean, the converted farm buildings remain in Ovingdean Road.
Haile Selassie never regarded himself as a prophet, nor did he hold the view of a Rastafari.
Rastafarians regard Haile Selassie I as a prophet because Marcus Garvey proclaimed “Look to Africa where a Black king shall be crowned, he shall be the savior”. Within three years Haile Selassie was crowned as Emperor of Ethiopia. Haile Selassie I is regarded by Rastafarians as the prophet of the Black race. Rastafarians regard ‘Ethiopia’ as their homeland and believe they will eventually return.