A statue of Ethiopia's last emperor, Haile Selassie, has been unveiled outside the African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in recognition for his role in establishing its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

Ethiopia - which has never been colonised although it was subjected to a five-year military occupation by Mussolini's Italy - had served as a symbol of African independence throughout the colonial period.

Marcus Garvey told his followers in 1920 that they should "look to Africa, when a Black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand". When a man called Ras Tafari was crowned in Ethiopia, in 1930, many saw that as a sign Garvey’s prophecy had come true.

His appeal to the League of Nations after his country was invaded by Mussolini's Italy is still remembered today.

The statue reminds people that he was a great advocate for pan-African cooperation, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to have an effect on millions of people across the continent today.