Heritage (Monrovia)

14 September 2012

Liberia: Traditional Council Confers Chieftaincy Title On Chinese Envoy

The National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) through its Chairman, Chief Zanzar Karwor, has conferred the title of Chief Peter Banyou on the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China, Zhao Jianhua.

The title was conferred on Ambassador Jianhua at ceremonies marking the official signing of the agreement between the Governments of China and Liberia for the construction of Liberia's Ministerial Complex on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

The word "Banyou," which is a Bassa vernacular, is translated in to English as "Rich child". Chief Peter Banyou (deceased) was one of the most power chiefs in Margibi County. According to the Chief Zanzar, the Council bestowed the honor on the Chinese envoy due to his numerous contributions towards Liberia's post war development.

"This country belongs to us, traditional people. As the indigenous owners of this country, we don't have much to give you Mr. Ambassador. All we can do is make you part of us," said Chief Karwor. "So, from today, your name is now Chief Peter Banyou. Chief Peter Banyou was one of our most powerful chiefs in Margibi County," he added.

In acceptance of the title bestowed on him, the Chinese envoy lauded the traditional leaders for attaching such importance to his works he has done over the time. He then promised to continue his contributions towards Liberia's post war recovery process.

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