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G.A.D.A is a project developed by Ambassador Ras Seenaa Habte Wold Babbo who first visited Ethiopia in 1992, and has since visited over 50 times in the years since.
Ethiopia is the throne room of H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I & the spiritual homeland of the Rastafari movement, and as such is a supreme place of importance.
Since his first visit Ras Seenaa has travelled Ethiopia extensively and has worked closely with the Ethiopian people, the Rastafari community and Africans returning home from the Diaspora.
Alongside working with schools and charities, Ras Seenaa has worked with the Ethiopian Government to support programs including relief and rehabilitation, social programs and local courts & administration offices for displacement.
In December 2016, Ras Seenaa supported the delegation which attended the conference in Addis Ababa when the declaration was made that “UNESCO recognizes Gada System as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
A few days later the Council of Abba Gada appointed Ras Seenaa Habte Wold as the Ethiopian Rastafari Ambassador. The council took the decision of appointing Ras Seenaa, meaning Good Introduction to Ancient History, to take the history of Ethiopia and in particular the ancient Cushite history to the Diaspora and beyond, to promote tourism, cottage industries, agricultural projects & business development.
His role also empowers and promotes the recognition of the Cushitic heritage in black people whose cultural and historical roots are in Ethiopia, and to assist the migration/repatriation of the African & Caribbean people in the Diaspora who wish to return home to Africa.
The Ethiopian Rastafari Embassy will work with the legal government of the day to develop the Rastafari community; we understand that our focus must be on returning and settling peacefully into Ethiopia with all the assistance available.
I have been to Ethiopia on many occasions before my appointment in Dec 2016 as the Ethiopian Rastafari Ambassador, I am truly aware of the fears that enter the mind of everyone thinking to begin the long journey of returning home to live in Africa.
- Settling in Ethiopia in a secure manner
As an Ethiopian Cushite returning home from exile I would much rather, and would appreciate the chance to live in the residential area of the Ambassador community.
- Where the housing is designed by their owners
- Live within an environment managed by a responsible body
- Where farming, health care, education, industry is owned and managed by people like myself who are looking to create a better life for themselves and their family
- A think-tank where likeminded and creative people can work and invest for the future creation on Africa
I have taken note of previous attempts by both individuals & groups to return to Ethiopia/Africa we can use their successes and avoid their failures while drawing on our own living experiences to help us succeed.
Our Ambassador service will assist our members during their transition to attain
- Personal Legal Status
- Acquiring & Registering Land & Property
- Support with Court and Legal Documents & Activities
- Networking with other Members on Investment Opportunities
- Management Agency
In July 2017 the Federal Government of Ethiopia made a public announcement stating that I.D cards will be issued to the Rastafari people who wish to live in Ethiopia, giving them legal status.
In April 2018 the legal immigration status became available to the whole community.
The Rastafari Embassy will be run by Rastafari for Rastafari people and for those who are prepared to live in our community where our principles and livity (lifestyle) of Rastafari is for the greater good of all peoples.
ANCIENT CUSHITES IN THE DIASPORA
In 1947 H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I, issued a land grant for Sheshemane in the Oromo heartlands of Showa. He granted this land to the members of the E.W.F for the resettlement of their members who had played a part in the liberation of Ethiopia during the Italo-Ethiopian War ending in 1939. Having Oromo heritage, the Emperor knew that there was a cultural system in place which allowed for a black person to claim their Cushitic name, identity and right of return after transatlantic slavery. The cultural system in Oromo adopts people from other nationalities who recognise that they are descended from Cush.
When the Emperor visited Jamaica in 1966 he addressed the people from the steps of the aeroplane in the Oromiya language and said “MA MARTHI, MA MARTHI” meaning “MY FAMILY, MY FAMILY”.
During his visit the Emperor also said that Ethiopia and Jamaica were one people, highlighting the fact that during colonialism in the 16th century Christian Jamma people were stolen from Oromo territory in the Wollo region near Roha (Lalibela) and ended up in Jamaica. The “Itu Baboo” people and other predominately Christian clans were also stolen from border regions of Ethiopia. Living on the border of the land, the Itu Babbo clan were Christian dreadlocked warriors who defended the Cushitic and Oromo culture. And here in Jamaica the Emperor was again face to face with the dreadlocked Cushitic Oromo, the Ethiopian family which was lost and now found, hence the words “MA MARTHI, MA MARTHI”.
During his stay in Jamaica the Emperor met a group of Rastafari elders at Kings House in Kingston and is reported to have said –
High Priest and Warriors are the Dreadlock Rastafarians and I Am He. Rastafari Elder Filmore Alvaranga was present at Kings House and was given a medal by the Emperor. Alvaranga had previously met the Emperor as a member of the delegation which visited Africa in 1961 & 1964/5 funded by the Jamaican government and then later funded by the Rastafari community. Later Filmore testified this conversation: “The Emperor asked how long have you been chanting Rastafari?
Since your Coronation in 1930 your Majesty, answered the group.
The Emperor replied “You must continue, Your Work Is Purposeful Continue”.