On Monday, Rufftone will be given a letter of appointment from Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea to renew his stint as a Goodwill Envoy for Public Diplomacy.
The gospel singer whose real name is Roy Smith Mwatia will be taking on the role for the second year.
Last year, Rufftone took on the role saying, “Personally, I feel there is more these two great countries can do together. We need to have Korean music artistes perform in our concerts, more Korean sporting activities being taught and integrated into our own.”
Adding, “I want to take it away from the internet and actualise it. I will work hard to see that Kenyan people, especially the youth, understand what Korea has to offer. I thank my fans because if I did not have a fan-base, I would not have been accorded such an honour.”
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."