Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Four personalities from Africa and the Diaspora were conferred distinctions of the National Order of Benin on the sidelines of the third edition of the Gospel and Roots Festival, which opened here Monday.
Christiane Taubira Delanon, Guyanese parliamentarian in the French National Assembly, initiator of the bill equating slavery to a crime against humanity adopted in 2001; Manu Dibango, Cameroonian artist-musician, who took African music to the four corners of the globe, and American diplomat, Andrew Young, patron of the event, were awarded medals of Commander of the National Order of Benin.
Beninese Noureini Tidjani Serpos, university professor, writer and literary critique, current assistant director general of UNESCO for Africa, was made Commander of the Order of Merit.
"An Africa which recognises its children no matter where they come from is an Africa with the tendency to win," said Manu Dibango, who spoke on behalf of the honourees.
The four personalities are guests of honour at the festival organised to foster exchanges and reconcile Africans and their kin of the Diaspora.