well as the newly crowned Miss San Pedro, Tatiana Rivero.
After a brief tour of town, the SP delegates "rolled
out the red carpet" for the Ethiopian prince, stopping first at the
renowned Ramon's Village Resort for cocktails at the Purple Parrot Bar.
Following friendly conversation, the group traveled to the south end of
the island, where they enjoyed a delicious lunch at picturesque Victoria
During a conversation, Prince Ermias made special
mention of how impressed he was with Governor General, Sir Colville
Young, who remembered their first meeting. Ever the storyteller, the
Governor General recalled a story told to him by the young prince some
years ago. The tale involved a man of considerable wealth and status who
was invited to a dinner with the "Heads of State" from several countries..
Upon his arrival, the man, dressed in a fine business suit, was scolded
for wearing common clothing to such a formal affair. He was asked to
leave and to please return properly attired. After some time, the man
returned to the party dressed in clothing "fit for a king." Later that
evening, as each course of the dinner was served, the same man, instead
of eating, was observed stuffing pieces of food into every one of his
pockets. Outraged, the same person who had scolded the man earlier
questioned why he would embarrass his host with such odd behavior. The
man turned to him and calmly replied, that it was quite obvious that it
was not he who was invited to eat, but his suit.
Accompanying Prince Ermias to San Pedro
was Ms. Rosalie Staines, the producer and host of "Oapn Paki," a popular
radio talk show in Belize. Ms. Staines arranged Prince Ermias' visit
through her acquaintance with Dr. Richard Stevens, a former professor of
African History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. who is now
the Prince's personal advisor.
Before departing the island, Prince Ermias and his
hosts were treated to a boat tour of North Ambergris Caye and a snorkel
trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, courtesy of Ramon's Village Dive Shop.
The Prince was clearly impressed by the day's activities, as he expressed
a desire "to spend a lot more time in ėLa Isla Bonita' when I return to
Belize." In addition, he stated how pleased he was to see a picture of
his grandfather, Haile Selassie, displayed on the front of a San Pedro
Born in 1960, His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias
Sahle Selassie left Ethiopia to further his education in the United
Kingdom and the United States. At the time of his grandfather's murder,
King Hussein of Jordan assumed financial responsibility for the teen
prince's education. Although he has been exiled from Ethiopia for nearly
30 years, Prince Ermias travels at the invitation of foreign governments
to attend speaking engagements. He promotes spirituality and
international Caribbean-African relations through these activities.
Now, an international marketing consultant, Prince
Ermias is also an owner of WORTH, Bahamas, a company which designs and
produces decorative medals used to honor international dignitaries. After
being informed of this, Lion Eileen Jamison, on behalf of the San Pedro
Lion's Club, presented the Prince with a SP Lions Club award-winning
Prince Ermias is also a Director for the Haile
Selassie Foundation for Ethiopian Children, which supports his
grandfather's beliefs in technological education and self-sustainability.
This charitable organization recently sponsored 22 technical
Ethiopian men and women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds to study in
Prince Ermias' trip to Belize was made possible
through the kind support of the City of Belize, the Belize Tourism Board,
the Princess Hotel and Casino, Mayan Island Air, Belize Offshore Center,
Alliance Bank, A&R Center, Capital Life, the San Pedro Town Council,
the International Free Zone, Novelo's Bus Service, and International
Promotion of Trade and Investment.