Entertainers lead the way in Selassie celebration

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haile-selassie.jpgRastafarians across the globe on Thursday celebrated the 123rd birthday or "earthstrong' of his His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopa who is revered by the Rastafari movement as the returned messiah of the Bible.

Jamaican recording artiste Queen Ifrica was among the many Rastafarian celebrities to recognise the milestone on social media.

"Today we as Rastafarians Celebrate The Earth Day of HIM ,all hail the king of creation," Queen Ifrica said.

Another reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley added: "Highest Salute To King Rastafari on 123Earthstrong Haile Selassie 1 Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah Power of the Trinity Prince of Peace Defender of the Faith Never b4 has the world seen a King like HIM."

Businessman Rohan Marley, known for his early "Jah Rastafari Morning" posts on Selassie each day, on Thursday said: "123rd EARTHSTRONG OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY HAILE SELASSIE I ' It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two. #LIONORDER"

Marley's legendary father, Bob Marley, is credited with making Rastafaian culture and Selassie much better known across the world.

Haile Selassie, who ruled for 45 years and was Ethiopia's last imperial leader, died in 1975 at the age of 83 while held in solitary confinement in his Grand Palace for about a year by Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.

To his supporters, Haile Selassie's rule was a time of peace and stability, a period when modern education was introduced and Ethiopia, the oldest independent state in Africa, became the headquarters of the Organization of African Unity.

But his detractors say he failed to introduce much needed reforms, and this failure to dismantle the feudal system led to his downfall.

Rastafarianism's many sects worship Haile Selassie even though he paid little heed to his adulation.