Cape Verdean ambassador to Brazil named honorary citizen of Brasília 11 September 2012
Daniel Pereira, who has been serving as Cape Verde’s ambassador to Brazil for the past six years, has been declared an honorary citizen of the country’s capital city, Brasília. The session in which the honor will be bestowed is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, during a plenary session of the city’s legislative assembly.
The honor comes following a proposal by Brasília legislator Luzia de Paula and distinguishes the intensity of Daniel Pereira’s interventions in Brazilian society, which has surpassed those of Cape Verdean ambassador to Brazil and have attained the local “cultural-administrative and even religious realm.”
For Daniel Pereira, who has been a diplomat for some 20 years, having served his first diplomatic mission in the Netherlands between 1993 and 1997, being made an honorary citizen of Brasília is a distinction he will receive with great honor.
This is because Brasília, “a city dreamed up as a dimension of the grandeur of a people and built with great efforts and courage, has welcomed me as one of its sons, and has stirred in me a feeling of belonging and communion,” says Daniel Pereira, who headed Cape Verde’s diplomatic mission in Portuguese capital Lisbon before being transferred to Brasília.
In addition, affirms the 61-year-old diplomat, who holds a bachelor’s degree from the Classical University of Lisbon, receiving the accolade on September 12, the “day on which Amílcar Cabral, the founding father of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, was born, moves me even more.”
Daniel Pereira is also a historian and the author of various books on Cape Verdean history and some of its main personages.