During the earlier years of European occupation of Africa, Nyahbinghi was a revolutionary order devoted to banishing the Europeans from Africa and preserving the spiritual and cultural integrity of the ancient African way of life. Although very little was publicly known about the order, Nyahbinghi brothers and sisters were noted for their royal appearance, proud demeanour and uncompromising stance against white supremacy in any form.

It is important to note that from its inception Nyahbinghi has been Pan-African in scope, with known branches having existed in Uganda, Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, Kenya, etc. In 1928 British colonial forces banned Nyahbinghi, charging the order with treason against the English crown Many Nyahbinghi brothers and sisters were imprisoned and/or executed in captivity At that time Emperor HAILE SELLASSIE I, then known as RAS TAFARI, Regent of the Ethiopian Empire, gave Nyahbinghi a permanent home in Ethiopia while in the rest of colonial Africa the order was driven underground. In 1930 a little before His Imperial coronation, RAS TAFARI became the Supreme Commander of the Nyahbinghi and gave the order the slogan, DEATH TO THE ENEMIES OF THE AFRICAN RACE!

From that time under the continual guidance of His Majesty, Nyahbinghi has evolved to become a modern militant incarnation of the ancient Ethiopian brotherhood of the Bahtawi (Nazarene), known in the Bible as the Order of Melchizedek (Malik Zadek), in which the functions of priest, prophet and king are united in one person. It is a testimony to the wise mind of His Iverliving Majesty HAILE SELLASSIE I that He has placed upon Nyahbinghi the power and the responsibility for the full and final liberation of Africa and mankind.

Nyahbinghi was brought to Jamaica by our beloved elder Bro Leonard P Howell, [a.k.a.Gong Guru Maragh] who had travelled to America, Europe and Africa, and invoked Nyahbinghi to rally Rasta brethren against racism and police brutality The fire of the Nyahbinghi groundation now bums world-wide with the slogan, ‘Death to black and white downpressors’.

The Nyahbinghi fire is open to all Ethiopians (Black people) but membership follows a strict “baptism of fire” which not all can survive. The Nyahbinghi congregation of faithfuls is the cornerstone of the Rastafari faith, upholding the Bahtawi/Nazarene covenant and the integrity of everliving life. Nyahbinghi continues to vigorously defend and pursue the original intents of Black Supremacy, Repatriation, African Re-unification, Ital culture and One Black Love.

Nyahbinghi is currently preparing the theocracic groundation for the perfect government of the everliving Christ HAILE SELLASSIE L (see 2JOHN: vs.7; REVELATION: Ch.21,vs.6) All praises and glory due to HIM! NYAHBINGHI! ONE AFRICA NOW! RAS TAFARI!

(This excerpt was first published by the Nyahbinghi Order for press/media release in relation to the Rastafari National Reasoning of 1994 hosted in New York.)