After His Royal Highness King Nyaho Tamakloe, VI, crowned Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., King of the African Diaspora during an historic coronation last Saturday, July 16, he apologized several times for the role Africans played in the surge of slavery in America and promised to give land to Africans Americans if they come back home.
The lengthy and colorful coronation of Jackson culminated with King Tamakloe crowning the civil rights leader as King Torgbui Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., making the civil rights icon the first king of the African Diaspora.
The coronation ceremony took place at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St., during a lengthy program that included several African leaders who gave him gifts, including a staff of authority, which he waved vigorously with a firm grip.
Jackson was dressed in African garb with the colors red, yellow, blue and green, and a black and gold cap. He wore gold slippers.
Dr. Bishop Jessica Mbangeni from South Africa, who during Saturday’s ceremony declared Jackson the King, later told the Chicago Crusader during a WVON interview that the civil rights leader’s name in Africa is Zonke Zizwe which means “all nations.”
In describing the coronation of Jackson, Mbangeni said, “It was a great, remarkable moment of our lives, of the people of the nations of the world, Black, white, pink, yellow, because we are one nation, one spirit, one soul as we coronate the great revolutionary.” She said Jackson represents peace and unity.
“Reverend Jackson is the King of the African Diaspora, and his name is Zonke Zizwe, meaning “all nations” because he has stood the cost of the times, reclaiming a sense of humanity because all of us are the embodiment of humanity,” Mbangeni stated.
“Each nation has got its own way of saluting the King,” she said. “With one name that reflects to his time and the honor that has been bestowed upon him because all the leaders are one. Zonke Zizwe is the salutation that represents all nations of the world because he has brought a sense of consciousness across all nations,” Mbangeni said.
Reflecting on last Saturday’s coronation, Mbangeni said, “As I stood declaring him as the King of all nations of the world, he requested when I bowed down to him, my stick.”
She explained that a King is supposed to give another King his stick. Jackson held on to that stick.
“I felt the comfort in his heart and soul, and he began to glow,” Mbangeni said, referring to Jackson.
Saturday, and again Tuesday, July 19, when King Tamakloe visited Jackson at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, he apologized for Africans willingly participating in selling their own to white slave masters.
In an interview with the Chicago Crusader, King Tamakloe said, “It is always important to realize that you have made a mistake in life and to be able to remove that burden from yourself.
“I am sorry. I love you, are words that should be said more often because that is what keeps going,” King Tamakloe said.
Asked by the Chicago Crusader if there is a need for healing between Africans and African Americans for the more than 400 years of slavery African Americans have endured because of slavery in the U.S., King Tamakloe said, “There is so much healing to be done. We are siblings. We need to understand each other. We need to keep that proposition.
“We need to bring our brothers and sisters back home,” the King said. “There is no need for them to stay anywhere else.”
Nathaniel Sena Amenyo, host of the Progressive Minds, who produced the 11-hour coronation, said, “King Tamakloe has told me that he has land that he wants to give some of the African Americans who are willing to come home especially folks from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He will give the free land.
“He said that is your original land, and by misfortune things happened and our sisters (Africans) make mistakes, and as a result, African Americans, or Diaspora has been what it is now, and for him he wants to restore you back to our original land. He wants to make rights for every wrong.
“As the King of his kingdom, he can open up his land to receive you back and to give you what is rightfully yours. That is your land,” Amenyo told the Chicago Crusader. “He feels this is the most important thing to do at this moment.
“He is determined to make sure he will open up his land, his kingdom so that you can come home, be part of the land, partake of what this land has and also invest in this land as much as you want to,” Amenyo stated.
“There is a ton of business opportunities there,” he said. “The Chinese, Koreans, everybody else are taking part but not African Americans. Why not you because this is our land, because you are the rightful owners who are African Americans? He feels this is the right thing to do because his ancestors never came for you; so now he is coming for you,” Amenyo stated.
When asked the name of Reverend Jackson since he crowned him King of the African Diaspora, King Tamakloe said, “His name is Torgbui Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., and the first African King of the African Diaspora.”
When reminded that Dr. Mbangeni, who is the custodian of African heritage and a daughter of the Xhosa nation who upholds her culture and traditions, is calling Jackson King Zonke Zizwe, King Tamakloe calmly said, “That’s fine. He’s an African King,” causing an eruption of laughter from Jackson and his staff and supporters.
“There are several tribes and so everybody likes” to name him, the King explained.