The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Bayelsa State Governor on Tourism, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo, on behalf of the management of Yenagoa Boat Club, has applauded the Board of the African Diaspora Union (AFRIDU) and African Union 6th Region for unanimously approving the appointment of King Alfred Diete Spiff as the Special Royal Envoy to the body.
In a statement in Yenagoa, Mr. Kiyaramo, who also doubles as the Honourary Secretary of the Yenagoa Boat Club, also expressed satisfaction with the inauguration of King Alfred Diete Spiff as Chairman of the African Diaspora Traditional Rulers Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, May 22, 2022 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Adoption of the African Union African Diaspora Declaration.
The governor’s aide said that it was heartwarming that King Diete Spiff was nominated to give the royal traditional address at the Pan African Roots Synergy Roundtable, which commenced on May 24 and will run till May 27 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, noting that King Diete Spiff, by the appointment, is the first Nigerian to become the Special Royal Envoy to AFRIDU.
The appointment of King Diete Spiff is expected to bring a positive and dramatic turn of global events to Bayelsa and Nigeria in the areas of African Diaspora Direct Investment through the Africa Diaspora Development Investment Fund, African Diaspora Public Private Partnership Projects (PPP), academic, cultural exchanges and scholarship to our people.
By this appointment, the Monarch is to liaise with all kings and kingdoms in Africa, including the Caribbean and Latin America.
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The appointment letter dated May 12, 2022, signed by Dr. Barryl A. Biekman on behalf of the African Union-African Diaspora, African Diaspora Union 6th Region Europe and Archbishop, Dr. Chidiebere A. Ogbu of African Diaspora Union, South Africa, reads in parts:
“Sequel to your indomitable and ingenious track record of peace building in Africa, the board of the African Diaspora Union (AFRIDU) do hereby unanimously approve your appointment as the Special Royal Envoy to the African Diaspora Union (AFRIDU) and the African Union 6th Region, to give the royal traditional address at the Pan African Roots Synergy Roundtable, May 24th – May 27th on the 10th anniversary of the Adoption of the African Union African Diaspora Declaration.
“In our search for high level African authorities, officials in governments in the various national African Union states to invite them to speak on our Roundtable, we have stumbled upon your important merits.
“We believe that you are the right high level authority from Africa to deliver the historical statement as member of the African Royal Kingdoms and to encourage the Royal Kings to support the full implementation of the African Union-African Diaspora Declaration that was adopted in 2012.
Recall that this year’s World Africa Day, celebrated every May 25, will mark the 10th year since the Heads of State and Government and Representatives of the African Union, the West Indies, Latin America, South America, and various representatives from the African Diaspora met during the Global African Diaspora Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa and witnessed the historic adoption of the African Union-African Diaspora Declaration concerning the Diaspora Sixth Region of Africa.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri is the Commodore of the Yenagoa Boat Club, King Alfred Diete Spiff, the Amayanabo of Twon-Brass, who is the immediate past chairman of Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, is the Vice Commodore, while Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, is the Rear Commodore.
In attendance at the Addis Ababa event include: Heads of State, Representatives of the African Union, the Caribbean, Latin America, and varied representatives from the African Diaspora all over the world.