In most black churches today we see the traditional pictures that are painted of Christ through western eyes; thus a black child would find it very difficult,
if not impossible, to identify himself with such an image. This is also against the philosophy of Marcus Garvey who rejected the concept of God as white and recognized that "God has no colour". Garvey teaches the black man to see beauty in himself, "...It is natural to see God through one's own spectacles. White people has seen God as white; it is proper therefore for blacks to believe in the God of Ethiopia."
As is done with the establishment of the branch churches in Europe and in the countries of the Western Hemisphere, the church in Kenya was established in response to the request made by thousands of faithful residing in that country during the office of His Holiness Patriarch Theophilus. In 1974 Neburaidd Ermias Kebede was sent by the mother church in Ethiopia to Nairobi where he met with Kenyan Government Officials with whom he discussed the establishment of a Branch Church in Kenya. The Government of Kenya graciously donated land for the church to be built upon.
Unfortunately circumstances in Ethiopia did not permit the erection of a Church building until a new effort was made by His Holiness Patriarch Tekle Haimanot and the Holy Synod.
In 1985 a delegation was sent from the Ethiopian Patriarchcate to study the matter, after an extensive study and the obtaining of the required permission of the Sudanese government, the church was established in 1986 and was headed by Archbishop Elias. It is worthy to note that the Ethiopian Church, being under the leadership of the Alexandrian See almost throughout it's history until the Reign of Emperor Haile Selassie First, who negotiated successfully the independence of the Church, was unable to propagate the gospel outside Ethiopia, now is able to stretch out her hands to East and West.
Before the church was established in the Sudan volunteer Ethiopian clergymen, such as Kes Tsegaye and Mamher Laike Mariam Beru, administered sacraments to the ethiopian community there. There was an increasing number of ethiopians immigrating to the Sudan, therefore the Mother Church decided to set up a Branch church there.
The church was founded in 1940 and is located at Nebretelata, Khartoum on land which was given by the government of Sudan. Half of the Finance for the construction of the church building was donated by Emperor Haile Selassie I and the other half by the ethiopian community itself.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church Diocese in Djibouti was established in 1981. It had at that time a membership of 7,000 people. It was headed at it's establishment by an archbishop named Abuna Elias.