Why did the TPLF build a statue of Bob Marley in Addis Ababa?



Why did the TPLF build a statue of Bob Marley in Addis Ababa?

Recently, TPLF erected a statue of the legendary reggae musician, Bob Marley, in Addis Ababa. The statue depicts Bob doing what he has always enjoyed doing during his lifetime – performing on a stage. While Ethiopians enjoy his timeless music and message of love and harmony, they are baffled as to why he would receive a statue over other more qualified Ethiopians. Of course the reggae star was an admiror and worshiper of the late Ras Teferi Mekonnen Woldemichael Gudessa(the late Emperor Haile Selassie I). But if this was the main criteria to be immortalized and be honoured with a statue on one of the main intersections of Addis Ababa, then why didn't the TPLF first honour the late Emperor before honouring his admiror?

The truth is, the statue was built to entice some of the millions of reggae fans worldwide to visit and support Ethiopia, and by virtue, support the dictatorial regime in power. In short, the statue wasn't built to show respect to Bob Marley; it was built purely for economic and political gains for a regime that despises the very man Bob worshiped (Haile Selassie).




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