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Rohan Marley’s Homecoming

It was Bob Marley who first popularized the idea of ‘repatriation’ for the Jah people in the Caribbean and the North America. The 1997 hit ‘Exodus’ has stirred the imagination of the black people as powerfully as any call to arms. Some responded years ago, though they never found the rosy “Zion’ they came looking for. But not his own children, save to their occasional visit to Ethiopia.

But now four decades later, Rohan Marley made an exception by choosing to settle here for good.

In a live interview with FM 98 Ethiopica Link’s ‘Wisit Awaki’ (The insider) last night, Rohan said he has made Ethiopia his ‘home’ since the past three months, where he says could be ‘free’ and live ‘from the origin of life.’

The smooth–talking Rohan who has only picked up some Amharic words requested officials to grant him his citizenship, speaking in English. Saying that he has a plan to  export Ethiopian products with the Marley brand , Rohan stated: “I want to represent Ethiopia to the fullest, not by word or dead. I need Ethiopian passport, citizenship.’ And he inquiringly asked what more could he ask.Even though he said that he has a one year residence permit, Rohan doesn’t feel it is good enough. Being here, he told interviewers, is a joy. “Every day I wake up in life, I give thanks, about my time here in Ethiopia and the opportunity to fulfill my father’s prophecy, which is to live in Ethiopia, physically.” Said Rohan who didn’t take up his father’s profession.

His father visited Ethiopia in 1979 in quest of of a genuine Ethiopia experience and a year later was baptized to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as Berhane-Selassie (Light of the World).

Rohan said he considers Ethiopia to be ‘light of the world”. With a simplistic message, he told Ethiopians to ‘set the example. Keep teaching them the righteous way’ referring to the people of the West.

It is common for Rastas to speak of Ethiopia in superlatives but there are critics who say their loyalty is to King Haile selassie, not to the country and simply want citizenship to acquire property.

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  1. Selam
    December 13, 2007 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for the nice read, keep up the interesting posts

  2. Ted
    December 13, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Rohan
    Welcome to Ethiopia. Let God be with you to transform your dream into reality!

  3. brukti
    December 29, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Welcome to ethiopia rohan.

  4. brukti
    December 29, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    welcome to ethiopia rohan. i am ethiopian and i love rasta ppl ur the best. and ur dad bob marley is ma hero. men ur so lucky to be his son i wish i was his daughter or some how relatited to ur family.

    love african queen

  5. Dee
    March 2, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Whats he doing living in Ethiopia? His baby momma x 4.5 is in Miami. He seems to be running right when he should be there for her. I have no doubt he will start new life in Ethiopia… but not the way you think. Poor Ethiopian women. Rohan if you read this …. Have you treated Ms Hill as you hope some man will treat your little daughter some day?

  6. October 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    AS HIS FATHER ONCE SAID DONT WORRY EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT. HE AND LAUREN WILL BE FINE AND THERE CHILDREN BECAUSE THE LIGHT SHINES DOWN ON HER AND HER CHILDREN. GOD BLESS YOU LAUREN I AM SURE YOU TRULY LOVE THIS MAN. AND APPARENTLY YOU HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING. ALSO GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE IF YOU DECIDE TO COME BACK IN THE MUSIC FIELD.

  7. geva
    December 10, 2008 at 8:53 am

    happy to learn how serious rohan is regarding the ethiopian linage. i am from seychelles and i also beleive that ethiopia is blessed. but i am concern wether rohan would’ nt want to plant his seed in an ethiopian womb, knowing his father’s history !!!! regarding the unamed baby with Ms hill, can call her “GLORY OF THE ARK” in ethiopian language. Great respect for Ms hill i truly believe she is a great great grand daughter of the Queen of sheba, the last ethiopian queen who ruled ethiopia (1000 years before christ ethiopia was ruled by only queens) who had a son with king solomon menelik 1 from whom hail selassie decended. so rohan follow the example of christ and selassie, they are men of the holy spirit not men of flesh.
    blessed up

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