Marie Antoinette Jean-Pierre Theligene serves about 1,500 needy persons a month through her nonprofit Valley of Love Ministries. (Courtesy Photo)

By AFRO Staff

For many, doing charitable works on Earth comes with the promised reward of a crown in heaven. But, for Marie Antoinette Jean-Pierre Theligene that reward will be more immediate.

Since 2004, Theligene has helped more than 300 persons per week – feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and providing physical and spiritual support to the vulnerable in Palm Beach County, Fla., through her nonprofit Valley of Love Ministries.

On Sept. 9, her good works will be rewarded when she is designated an “African Queen” by the country of Nigeria—the first Haitian-American to be so named.

“I am very excited about this,” said Mrs. Theligene. “Nobody but God. Really and truly.”

Officials of the Karu Kingdom of Nasawara State in Nigieria learned about the philanthropist’s work when a Nigerian man she helped in 2020 returned home and told the leaders of the assistance she had provided.

Now, they will honor her for her kind deeds with the lofty title and will fete her during a 10-day coronation celebration, which her husband, Raymond – who will be named a “King” – and about 40 others, in addition to Haitian leaders, will attend.

Learn more about Valley of Love Ministries by visiting their website, here.

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