Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia flew in to Lagos on Wednesday (19 Jan) to a welcome from the Nigerian Federal leader General Yakubu Gowon at the beginning of the Emperor's five-day State visit to Nigeria.
GV Traditional dancers
SV Airport building
SV Aircraft taxiing
SV Gowon waiting
SV Haile Selassie welcomed by Gowon and presented with flowers
SV Emperor and Gowon inspect guard of honour (3 shots)
SV Emperor and Gowon shake hands
SV Emperor walks over to meet VIPs and officers (4 shots)
SV Traditional dancers
SV Haile Selassie waves to musicians and dancers (2 shots)
SV Official car moves off
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Background: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia flew in to Lagos on Wednesday (19 Jan) to a welcome from the Nigerian Federal leader General Yakubu Gowon at the beginning of the Emperor's five-day State visit to Nigeria.
During his stay Emperor Haile Selassie was to visit Kaduna, capital of the north-central state, and Enugu in the east-central state. He was also due to have two rounds of official talks with General Gowon, before going on to Monrovia to preside over a peace meeting of the O.A.U., which is mediating in disputes between Guinea and Senegal.
SYNOPSIS: A warm welcome with traditional dancing, and the full ceremonial due to an honoured Head of State was laid on at Lagos airport on Wednesday for the arrival of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie on a five-day State visit. There to greet Africa's elder statesman was the Nigerian Federal leader, General Yakubu Gowon. The 70 year-old Emperor is to have two rounds of official talks with Nigerian leaders before leaving Lagos on Sunday for Monrovia to preside over an O.A.U. peace meeting between Senegal and Guinea.
The two African leaders inspected a Guard of Honour together as part of the ceremony of welcome, and later General Gowon introduced military leaders and Government officials, before driving into town.
Next day the Emperor was to visit Kaduna, capital of the north-central state, for a tour of defence industries, and for a colourful Durbar at which horsemen gave acrobatic displays. On Friday Emperor Selassie was scheduled to fly to Enugu to see for himself the progress of post-war rehabilitation and reconciliation in the east-central state. He was due to return to Lagos to receive an honorary Doctorate in Law the same evening, and on Saturday was to have a major session of talks with General Gowon. Emperor Selassie has a high standing among Nigerians, not least for his efforts during the Nigerian civil war to reach a settlement using the good offices of the O.A.U. He will end his Nigerian tour on Sunday following a Church service at the Anglican Cathedral in Lagos, and after further talks with General Gown.