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The Lion of Judah has prevailed
Haile Selassie I, Elect of God
King of Kings of Ethiopia

This speech may not actually be a speech from Haile Selassie I. It is not found in any of his books of speeches. The earliest mention of it I can find is a booklet circulated in Jamaica in the 1980s, and it was made popular by a poem Mutabaruka made that featured the speech.

That being said, just because it is not in the book of speeches doesn't mean that it is not a speech from Selassie I, because the book of speeches contains only a portion of all the speeches Haile Selassie I made.

Just keep in mind that the speech may not be from Selassie I.

The temple of the most high begins with the human body, which houses our life, essence of our existence. Africans are in bondage today because they approach spirituality through Religion provided by foreign invaders and conquerors. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans which were supposed to help people grow spiritually.

Due to human imperfection religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as was given by the Most High. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe and each other. As the essence of our existence it embodies our culture, true identity, nationhood and destiny. A people without a nation they can really call their own is a people without a soul. Africa is our nation and is in spiritual and physical bondage because her leaders are turning to outside forces for solutions to African problems when everything Africa needs is within her. When African righteous people come together, the world will come together. This is our divine destiny.

Words of Ras TafarI

Haile Selassie I