The need to promote, protect, and preserve the people’s cultural heritage is key to retaining deep-rooted traditions.
The founder of Kaleidoscope Business Project, Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, Chief (Dcns) Linda Middleton, said preservation of culture is central to protecting the sense of self-awareness among people, as a meaningful reference in a culturally diverse world.
Chief Middleton said this during her visit to the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council in Port Harcourt, where she presented honourary awards to two first-class monarchs in the state.
She said the award to the two ranking traditional rulers for their contribution to promoting and preserving their cultural heritage.
The investment expert explained that the award to the Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, Jaja of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja and Eze Felix Otuwarikpo, Eze of Upata Kingdom, is to encourage monarchs that have contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria and their community, irrespective of cultural diversity.
“Cultural heritage is central to protecting the sense of self-awareness among the people and serves as connection to the past and certain social values that bind the people together.
“In this light, the Rivers Residents in Diaspora are devoted to contributing to the cultural development of the state and Nigeria at large,” she said.
The CEO and founder of the Kaleidoscope Business Project LLC, Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, Chief (Dcns) Linda Middleton, added that it is time for the people to support the development of the state in their area of specialisation.
In his reaction, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jaja of Opobo, commended Chief Middleton for recognising the role of traditional rulers in Rivers state.
He said, “It is important for the world to understand our role as traditional rulers. We contribute to governance by making it easy for those in government to rule.
” For instance, see what our Governor Nyesom Wike is doing in terms of infrastructure, promoting peace and especially fighting to stop this black soot. We have offered our support and have decided to complement what he is doing by organising a summit.
“The summit aims to discuss and educate ourselves and our people on the dangers of this soot thing.
“This award is a tonic for more achievements.”
On his part, Eze Felix Otuwarikpo, Eze of Upata Kingdom, said, “when you take a man’s culture away from him, you have taken away his identity.
” Our culture is very important, and I thank Chief Linda Middleton for recognising this fact.”