It was an afternoon of great celebration on Thursday, April 21, 2016 when Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I visited the Papine campus of the University of Technology, Jamaica. Before his arrival, the mood on the campus was set by the sounds of the UTech Drumming Ensemble coming from the Caribbean Sculpture Park. This preceded the arrival of copious quantities of Rastafarians that arrived on the campus to make welcome the grandson of the man that they perceive as a God.
Prince Ermias was then greeted on arrival by Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President of the University of Technology Jamaica and was then led by Steven Golding (also known as Gabre Selassie) to meet other distinguished guests. The Prince then interacted with the students musicians in the Sculpture Park before being entertained by students at the UTech Centre for the Arts. Here he was presented with a token from the university from Acting President Gyles. He was then whisked away to view an exhibition hosted by the African Cultural Renaissance Movement (ACRM) after which he departed the campus.
Photos by photojournalist, Andrew Smith.