The Ijaw Diaspora Council (IDC) says it will showcase its rich and colourful culture and tradition to the global audience at the 2022 convention in the United States.
This is contained in a statement by Prof. Mondy Gold, President of IDC on Saturday in Bayelsa.
Gold said that the convention had been slated to hold from July 1 to 3.
According to him, three revered kings of the Niger Delta will take their culture and ancient tradition to the international scene in the US.
Gold stated that several stakeholders, partners, business moguls, investors, diplomats and political strategists had been invited to brainstorm on development of the Ijaw homeland.
“Part of the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention highlights will be the Ijaw States Cultural and Economic Exhibition and Ijaw Fashion Parade.
“The convention which will hold at New Jersey, US, is in collaboration with the Nigerian Consulate in New York, the Bayelsa State Government and the New York Chamber of Commerce.
“The IDC is recognising the contributions and leadership of Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye, Major Isaac Adaka Boro, and many other leaders, economic freedom fighters, nationalists and minority rights activists from Nigeria’s Ijaw land.
“We have included a display of Ijaw socio-cultural and traditional activities in two US cities: New York City and Newark New Jersey, as part of the activities to mark the shared commitments and aspirations,” IDC stated.
IDC, is a U.S based group of Ijaws dedicated to integrating and achieving the pledges of past and current leaders to equal rights and important legacies.
Prof. Gold said the group aimed at economic emancipation, infrastructure development and industrialisation of Nigeria’s Niger Delta.
According to him, the event will include Ijaw Diaspora lecture and presentation of awards to distinguished royal fathers, sons, and daughters of the Ijaw nation who have impacted several spheres of our local, national and international life.
Gold said the 2022 convention would mark the 60th anniversary of effective Ijaw leaders dedicated to serving Ijaw interests in Nigeria.
He said the theme of the convention is : “The Emergence of the Ijaw Voice in the Diaspora – Hope for the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality!”
He listed the three kings as King (Dr) Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple 111, Amanyanabo and Natural Ruler of Ancient Grand Bonny Kingdom, HRM King (Dr.) Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Amanayabo of Opobo Kingdom, and Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers.
HRM King Bubaraye Dakolo, Agada IV, Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, Chairman, Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers.
“Their majesties would aim to help the Nigerian government in their personal capacity to woo investors and industrialists to Nigeria and particularly to the Ijaw race of the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
“The investment will seek to expand the economy, create jobs and economically industrialise the swamps and effectively harness the marine environment, to prosper the people, prevent sea pirates and encourage the building of bridges to link the sea towns for industrialisation and commercial activities.