2nd Annual Rasta Nation March – Commemorating Battle of Adwa 1896

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This is the Second year of this initiative Celebrating the Ethiopian Heritage: The Victory over Italy at Adwa Battle in 1896 and also a rallying call to put pressure on the Government to stop Marginalizing and Victimizing RASTAFARI people for their consciousness and beliefs. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) has done a research on Rastafari Religion and culture advocate the report recommendations done in 2011-2012 by the name of “Challenges faced by Rastafari communities in South AfricaOn the 8th of December 2016 Rastafari United Front marched to South African constitutional court to submit the memorandum of Grievances and CRL report on Challenges Faced by the Rastafari Community in South Africa recommendations implementation.
The 2nd Adwa Day March marks the 121st Anniversary of Ethiopia’s Victory at Battle of Adwa on March 1st, 1896. We invite All People to celebrate this Victory and Great Moment in African History: The legacy of Resistance to European Colonialism.

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The Purpose of the March is to Put pressure on Government to Recognize RasTafari, to bring about Visibility Of RasTafari Nation and Movement so that our Youths and Elders are no longer undermined in their places of Study (Schools) and Work (Corporate), to bring about the understanding to the Courts and the Enforcers of Law (Police and Prosecutors) that Rasta is not easy targets and criminals in our communities.

The issues Rastas Face as a community and as individuals on the streets are too much to mention, Rastas are too often victims of unnecessary heavy handed police brutality because Police officers are not taught by their Superiors and Government employer to Know RasTafari to Decriminalize Ganja.

We are also reminding Government of the CRL recommendations.
The March is to Promote and preserve Ancient Ethiopian History and to inspire the Youth to appreciLove their Gloriful Roots and Culture as RasTafari people.

We are certain of RasTafari people coming from all over SouthAfrica to Cape Town for this Annual Event.
This is second year of the March, and it will never stop but only Grow in Size and Festivities.

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Adwa Victory Day March scheduled for 1st March 2017 in Cape Town City Bowl; Assembly point is Keizergracht Parking lot at 9:00am from which the March will proceed towards Parliament to hand over Memorandum of Grievances to Government officials.

Collectives, Activists, Associations and Organisation of the Rastafari movement can get it touch with

Ras Hein – Organising Committee of The Rasta Nation March on +27 847878033 or

Get in touch on FACEBOOK: Rasta Nation March – CapeTown, South Africa

Source: http://www.mzansireggae.co.za


  1. I am glad to know that you share my pride. That ‘impossible, unimaginable’ feat is not the pride only to just two of us but it should be to every colored and every human being that demand and expect respect. That day proved once and for all that intelligence in everything including during an all out war fare is not the sole property of only one or two races. It had crossed the color line long before it is recognized. That day at Adwa was not just another Zulu uprising or Mahdist War and it was not a variety of the Boxer Rebellion. It might have been the inspiration for these fights for freedom and numerous others. It was rather a day when those ‘bunch of niggas’ locked horn with a much more powerful army and beat the tar out of the enemy until everyone thought he robbed a bank. It was an earth quake with 9.9 on the Richter Scale!!! Didn’t all other European powers rushed to recognize our people as a sovereign nation in just days and weeks following the victory at Adwa? Can anyone tell me where else such a recognition happened before or after March 1, 1896? I can boldly say that the liberation of Africa had begun on March 1, 1896. You can stand me up at the gates of hell but nothing can be done to me to recant my bold claim. Full Stop!!! You tell me one European power, one, who signed on a dotted line saying ‘I am beaten in a fair fight and will never plan another war’ on the colored. Only one, right? Abyssinia, right? That ain’t Puerto Rico! That was not Minnesota! That was not Formosa either. That was the country of the Oromos, Amharas, Tigrayans, Afars, Issas and many other people of the colored. After all this intoxicating pride that has afflicted you and I, it makes you wonder how ashamed those Askaris felt when they found themselves prisoners of war along with those who were bossing them around just a day before. Their situation then was understandable but what they did on that fateful day was historically inexcusable. Being swayed for a piece of bread crumbs is in any living thing nature but planning a war with a demeaning European aggressor and shoot down a peaceful/generous neighbor is the most shameful act. It was written well in the history book that the most damage inflicted upon my great uncles and cousins on that historic day was not from the muzzles of the Italians but from the Askaris themselves. Very disgusting behavior indeed!!! May be Askarism was a viral infection like HIV and it is still a ravaging sickness. You know what I mean?!!!!!

    And there is one extremely important matter anyone who claims to be the descendant of those gallant men and women. In that battle, Amharas died. On that indisputably glorious day, Oromos had died. On that field of Adwa Tigrayans and others had died. You see, after they were cut down by the bullets of the aggressor Italian soldiers and faceless Askaris, the human blood that flowed, the Abyssinian blood that reddened the rivers of Tigray did not flow segregated on ethnic lines but rather flowed rolled into one. That and that alone drove me into a rash of goose bumps throughout my Almighty created human body. It just sends me into a trance!!! A pride that Shall not, Can not, be taken away from you and I!!!!

  2. This is the pride of the colored and will remain so to eternity. Baratieri thought he was the only one who knows about the single and double enveloping battle formations. Boy way he deadly wrong!!! We can only say that he met his real master at the battlefield of Adwa on that glorious day. Dabormida thought he will have an open season scandalizing those drop dead beauty ladies from Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and many other origins. But he died squealing like a pig in a rut. He was properly told that he was in the wrong house and at the wrong time when every Oromo, Amhara, Tigray man was fit in a really foul mood. You just don’t barge in and start poking an aggravated African lion. You just don’t. He was excited by what he thought he would be doing with the women captives the next day that he did not see that he was marching North thinking he was heading South. Boy, boy, boy!!! He ended up smack into the awaiting pincers of my Barentu cavaliers. Ooh wee!!!! Say it again!!! Ooh wee!!!! I am in a good mood now!!!!

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