Emperor Haile Selassie presented the prizes at the award giving ceremony of the 1970 Haile Selassie prize trust awards on Monday (2 November) in Addis Ababa.
Emperor Haile Selassie presented the prizes at the award giving ceremony of the 1970 Haile Selassie prize trust awards on Monday (2 November) in Addis Ababa. The occasion coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Emperor's coronation.
Among the prize-winners this year were three foreigners, two British and one Nigerian.
Dr. Richard Pankhurst, son of the leading British suffragette, Dr. Sylvia Pankhurst, who campaigned for Emperor Haile Selassie during his exile in Bath, accepted a prize on behalf of the Journal of Ethiopian Studies.
British author Basil Davidson and Doctor T. Adeoye Lambo from Nigeria, the Vice-Chancellor of Abidjan University, shared the award for research into African affairs. Each received 40,000 Ethiopian dollars, a gold medal and a diploma.
The Prize Trust was established to "ensure the promotion and encouragement of activities and proficiencies of the Ethiopian people" in the arts, industrial and humanitarian activities.
Among the many Ethiopian dignitaries present at the ceremony was Crowd Prince Asfa Wossen. The ceremony was held in Africa Hall, often referred to as the finest modern building in Africa and headquarters of the Organisation of African Unity.