This is why Jomo Kenyatta named an avenue after Haile Selassie

By Nairobian Reporter, December 28th 2013

HSelassieThere are only three avenues in Kenya’s capital: Kenyatta, Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues in honour of our first and second Presidents…and Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The reason Nairobi has an avenue named – not after a local freedom fighter – but a foreigner is not accidental. First President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was a very good friend of the Emperor.

According to biographer Jeremy Murray-Brown in his 1972 effort, Kenyatta: A biography, the founding father kept the red, green and gold Ethiopian flag in his room at 75 Castle Road in 1931 England -a year  after Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor having  resisted colonization by Fascist Italy.   Lion of the Tribe of Judah
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