Wolde Selassie born on 2 October 1953 in Dominica, Caribbean to Maria Macilles and Conrad Wenham. Wolde attended St. Johns School Portsmouth in Dominica and emigrated to England in 1963. Then went on to Charnwood junior school and later Moat Boys Secondary School. Upon leaving school ‘he joined the army but he found army life was just not for him and then worked as a welder for a short while’. He became a father to Veronica. He married Marjorie Frank in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tradition and was the first Rastafari couple in the country to be married within this tradition and they had 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
He held many active roles within the community and below lists his employment, contributions, achievements and accolades:
- Founder member of Raddle Book shop (which was started up in his home).
- Led Leicester’s uprising in the 80s that led to the drafting of a list of demands that won the workshop (now the African Caribbean Centre).
- Founding member of Youth Foundation Housing.
- Head of Carnival Committee (At one point).
- Journalist at BBC Radio Leicester.
- Founder member of Leicester Black History Season.
- Founder Member of Leicester Expressive Arts.
- Initiated and led the first Kwanzaa in Leicester and Bristol.
- He worked at LACAF Leicester African Caribbean Arts Forum (later Mainstream).
- He sold arts and crafts on Leicester Market.
- He organised a trip to Rothley regarding William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery.
- He wrote a book of poetry and performed his work along with drumming at many community events such as the Prestigious Black Film and T.V. awards at the Grovesnor Hotel in Hyde Park, London.
- Lecturer on African History and Culture nationally and internationally (from University of WI Mona, Jamaica to University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, South Africa). The British Arts Council commissioned Wolde to make the trip to UWI Mona Jamaica.
- Instrumental in the securing of LUCA and Spectrum.
- He ran very successful prison enrichment programmes.
- Crystal therapist.
- Sound therapist.
He was honoured and awarded with the Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Africa Leadership Graduate Programme at The National University of Science and Technology of Zimbabwe. He had already accepted and we were making arrangements for him to travel to Zimbabwe next year. This was recommended by the listen to Africa Programme of the S.M.Nyahwah Foundation. This is for his immense contribution to the knowledge of Africa’s heritage. As well as human dignity.
In 1992 he found himself in Ethiopia for the sixty second Coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and shortly after in South African for the release of Madiba Nelson Mandela. He spent 18 months there and he spent a lot of time on the continent as a whole and was very much in love with Africa.
Wolde travelled to countries such as:
- South Africa
His eulogy showed he leaves behind:
- His Father Conrad, His uncles Lance and Philson, his sisters Jackie and Rachel and his niece Dionne.
- His wife Marjorie. His children: Veronica, Nzinga, Yohannes, Makeda, Ashanti and Ife, and
- His grandchildren: Justice, Imani, Jabari, Jayden, Koro, Akinyele, Aaliyah, Uwitonze, Macy, Amara and Libby.
Courtesy of Nzinga Wenham.