King of Kings - The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethi...

King of Kings - The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethi...

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Khalili Lecture Theatre

SOAS, University of London



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Book launch:

King of Kings - The Triumph and Tragedy
of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

by Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate

in conversation with:

- Anthony Mockler, author of Haile Selassie's War

- Dr Angela Raven-Roberts, Unviersity of Oxford

He was a descendent of King Solomon and a forerunner of African unity and independence. He fought with the Allies against the fascist Axis powers during the Second World War and was the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarians. He was a reformer and an autocrat, who was assassinated in a communist coup. Haile Selassie, ‘King of Kings’, was an equally formidable and iridescent figure, who is brilliantly portrayed by his great-nephew Asfa-Wossen Asserate.

The book features an introduction by Thomas Pakenham, author of the critically acclaimed The Scramble for Africa.

Asfa-Wossen Asserate was born in 1948 in Addis Ababa as a member of the Imperial House of Ethiopia. He read history and law at Cambridge and at the University of Tübingen, and received his PhD at the University of Frankfurt. He now lives in Frankfurt where he works as a consultant on African and Middle-Eastern Affairs, and as a political analyst. He is a bestselling author in Germany and has been awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and the Jacob Grimm Prize, two of the country's most prestigious literary prizes.

Come join us for a stimulating evening focusing on one of African history's most important figures.

The event will include a standing reception and book signing. Copies of the book will be on sale.

This event is generously supported by the Royal African Society, the Anglo-Ethiopian Society and the Global Heritage Fund UK.

Please be aware that if you are waitlisted, you are very likely to receive a ticket as we are confirming the attendance of current ticket holders.

We are also planning another major event with Asfa-Wossen Asserate on the subject of his book. By joining the waitlist, you will be the first to find out about the event.

Furthermore, Asfa-Wossen Asserate will speak on his book at Fairfield House on the evening of 3 November. Details on the event can be found here.