A symbolic reconnection between Africa and the Caribbean diaspora occurred on Friday 29 at the CARICOM Secretariat when Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Armstrong Alexis, welcomed a Royal Delegation from South Africa, Uganda and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The delegation included the Founding President of AIDO, His Highness Paul Jones Eganda; His Royal Highness King Pape Sande; Her Royal Majesty Queen Cynthia Khamulo Mzilikazi III; Her Royal Highness Queen Ameenata Asaleh II; Her Royal Highness Princess Precious Lindiwe Nthibogelang; Her Royal Highness Princess Tshepi Motloung, AiDO representative in the Caribbean, Mr Samson Esudu, and Lady Mpho Dindi.

The visit was the result of collaboration between the CARICOM Reparations Commission and (AIDO) Network International of African Kings, Queens, and Chiefs in observance of Emancipation Day 2022 in Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda.

Deputy Secretary-General Armstrong who was deputizing for the CARICOM Secretary-General, told the delegation that the CARICOM Secretariat was privileged to participate in a “tremendous symbolic moment of reconnection between Africa and the Caribbean diaspora,” noting that was fitting its visit coincided with Emancipation celebrations in CARICOM Member States.