Rapper Wyclef Jean to be Haiti's roving ambassador

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Frantz
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Rapper Wyclef Jean to be Haiti's roving ambassador

Post by Frantz » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:42 am

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=61557

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitian President Rene Preval has appointed Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean as a roving ambassador to promote the troubled country's image abroad, government officials said on Wednesday.

"We wish we could have several Wyclefs as roving ambassadors because the country could have gained so much," Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme told Reuters in an interview.

Jean moved to New York when he was nine, but has been active in his support of his native country, regularly wearing the Haitian flag on his clothing at public events and creating a foundation to provide aid and assistance there.

Government officials praised the Grammy award-winning Jean as a model for youth, the pride of all Haitians and "our best asset to promote the country's image around the world and to help attract foreign investors."

The presidential palace announced that Preval, who left Port-au-Prince on Wednesday for a three-day visit to Jamaica, would be joined there by Jean.

Jean, 34, gained fame as a member of the hip-hop trio The Fugees, who won Grammys in 1996 for their album "The Score" and the single "Killing Me Softly With His Song." He was also nominated last month for a best pop collaboration Grammy for his performance with Shakira on the smash hit "Hips Don't Lie."

Haiti's government credits Jean with successfully lobbying the US Congress for passage of a trade bill expected to help create textile manufacturing jobs in Haiti. Reuters

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Post by Michel Nau » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:02 am

Wyclefs Jean did pro bono (without pay) for his country Haiti what the entire Haitian foreign affairs staff couldn't have done despite of their budget of over millions of dollars.
Being at the right place at the right time and take advantage of his 15 minutes fame is Mr. Jean success and no one can take this away from him. [quote]"We wish we could have several Wyclefs as roving ambassadors because the country could have gained so much," [/quote]Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme told Reuters in an interview.
What Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme intended to say is: Haiti Foreign Affairs Department is a fiasco, and a failure?
Instead of using thefts and politicians with suit and ties, track records have shown that sometimes if not much of the times, Haiti is better off by using its gifted children.
Pitit kay ki gen talan, se richess peyi d'Ayiti. An nou pouse e sipote yo pou yo sa avanse pou pi douvan.
Mete politik dekote, e rayi chien, min di dan li blan.
Gen anpil atist Ayisyen kap evolye depi 30 a 40 tan e yo pa jamb rive nan nivo ke Wycleef rive a.
Kredi ke mwen bay misye se ke, malgre ke li ap evolye nan yon bizniss hip hop ki gen anpil konpetisyon, anpil drug e anpil move zak mafya, Wycleef pa jamb pedi rasinn li, ni kompa li.
Li toujou sonje ki kote ke li soti.
Byen ke Ayiti se yon peyi ki shaje ak mize, maladi, move zak kidnaping e politikal mayhem, mesye pa jamb lague ni renye peyi li.
Li kenbe la e avek fyete.
Bon travay Wycleef Jean!!
Kenbe la, e pa koute medizan mal palan, fe travay w!!

Michel

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