Ethiopians & Rastafari
Esther Firke-Sellassie Antohin, born
in Addis Ababa on April 30, 1960
(Ethiopian Calendar 1953).
She was the fourth of six children
born to HIH Princess Edjigaheu Asfa
- Wossen and Dejazmach Fikre-
Sellassie Hapte-Mariam. Her Mother
Princess Edjigaheu was the eldest
daughter of Crown Prince Asfa-
Wossen later known as Amaha
Sellassie, born to him by his first
wife Princess Wolte-Israel Seum.
In 1971 at the age of 11 Esther, along
with her two elder sisters and
Brother went to the United Kingdom
to attend Boarding school. They
continued their education at
Clarendon School in Abergale North
Wales until June 1974. They went
home to Ethiopia for the summer holidays, but were unable to
leave; due to the Marxist revolution that had exploded that
summer, All the members of the Royal family were black listed,
and were prevented from leaving Ethiopia. Having survived the
terrible events of both her parents detentions as political
prisoners, and later having witnessed her mother's cruel and
untimely death Esther, left Ethiopia in 1977 during the Red
Terror that had gripped her country.
The following year Esther entered Emma Willard preparatory
school in up-state New York where she completed her high
school diploma in June 1980. In the fall she went on to New York
University and received her BA in Russian history and language.
During her senior year there, she met and fell in love with her
husband to be Anatoly Antohin. They were married in the
Russian Orthodox Church in Old Jerusalem, Israel on March 2,
In 1989 Esther, her husband and two children began to live in
Fairbanks Alaska where they continue to reside till the present.
The book 'Ethiopians & Rastafari is based on studies conducted
for a Master's thesis.
* Photo by Cal White, Fairbanks, AK, 1997, Black History Month.
Esther Sellassie Antohin