[The Editor: I am personally grateful to Ato Tweodros Abebe for going through his collection and making such jewel of information available to readers at this hour of our country’s need. His article would add to the light of truth, at a time when, in his unabashed quest to carve a place without a competitor for himself in history, the country’s prime minister has found it fit to nullify even the historic achievements of the emperor Africa and the international community unabashedly acknowledge pertaining the monarch’s role in the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963!].
By Tewodros Abebe
The publication that I pulled from the bookshelf is almost fifty years old. On its pristine, glossy cover is a color group photograph of African heads of states and governments who founded the Organization of African Unity (OAU), known today as the African Union (AU). The leaders are shown gathered on the steps of Africa Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during their historic summit in May of 1963. At the very center of the photo, standing between presidents Ahidjo Ahmadou of Cameroon and Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, is Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie, who was given the honor to serve as the first chairman of OAU.