Shashamane needs your support NOW!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Shashamane (or Shashemene, ሻሸመኔ) is a town and a separate woreda in central Ethiopia. It is located in the Mirab Arsi Zoneof the Oromia Region. The city lies on the Trans-African Highway 4 Cairo-Cape Town, about 150 miles (240 km) from the capital of Addis Ababa. It has a latitude of 7° 12′ north and a longitude of 38° 36′ east.

In 1948 Emperor Haile Selassie I donated 500 acres (2.0 km2) of his private land to allow members of the Rastafari movementEthiopian World Federation (EWF) officers and members and other settlers from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean to go to Africa. The return would be under the auspices of the EWF, founded in 1937 by the Emperor’s special emissary to Black America, Melaku E. Bayen[2]. The official letter confirming the “land grant” of 1948 was submitted to the members and executives of the Ethiopian World Federation in 1955 [3]. Following up on this, the first West Indian family and Federation members from Montserrat were Mr. James Piper and his wife Helen who arrived that same year as the first land grant administrators, returning to make a permanent settlement in 1955 on behalf of the Federation.[4]

When Haile Selassie I was deposed in 1974 the new government of Mengistu Haile Mariam confiscated all but 11 hectares.

In January 2005 there were reports in the media that Bob Marley‘s remains were to be exhumed and then reburied at Shashamane. His wife Rita Marley described Ethiopia as his spiritual home, provoking controversy in Jamaica, where his remains lie.

At the beginning of the following month, thousands of fans gathered in Shashamane for a month of celebrations for what would have been Marley’s 60th birthday. Until 2005 his birthday celebrations were always held in Jamaica. These recent events brought Shashamane to wider prominence throughout the world.

The Rastafarian settlement in Shashamane was recently reported to exceed two hundred individuals.[14] In January 2007 it organized an exhibition and a bazaar in the city. It was also reported recently prior to the Ethiopian Millennium that various pro-Ethiopian World Federation groups, consisting of indigenous Ethiopians and Rastafarians, have given support to one of many five year plans proposed for sustainable development of Shashamene, Ethiopia.[15]




  1. ^ 2007 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, Tables 2.1, 2.5, 3.4 (accessed 13 January 2012)
  2. ^ by Ayele Bekerie, Tadias Magazine
  3. ^ by Ras Nathaniel
  4. ^ “Dr. Melaku E. Bayen: Ethiopian Emissary to Black America”. Ethiopian World Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2011-09-13.

     14. ^ Jamaican Rastafarian Development Community website
     15 .^ – Ethiopian World Federation Ethiopian Millennium website


2 comments on “Shashamane needs your support NOW!

  1. Ras Aosuka Xusudra says:

    Hi, im Aosuka, and im an artist.I specialize in fine art and sculptures, and i also am a stop motion animtor. i currently work as a tattoo artist. My wife is a sales rep. and together we have seven children. 5 Girls and 2boys.
    Many years ago i was visited by somthing that showed me the future…i saw many things that were horrific. All these things i saw at the age fourteen and the rest of my life has been a journey with occasional suppernatural experiences such as fighter demons that appeared to me in flesh, witnessing people falling to wicked forces and visions of the future as well as knowing the cycles of life before people are born into the world. I didnt ask for any of this and it has made my life ruff ….but as i become older i have a clear vision of things and i believe i am called to shashamane as a humble member of the communuty! I truelly believe my destiny is in the future of Shashamani!

    It would be a pleasure if someone could contact me and instruct me on how to repatriate there and the steps i must tske. I thank you for your time and hope to here from you soon. Peace and blessings to you and your family.

    Ras Aosuka Amen-Attn Xusudra

    May Jah be praised!

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