Patriarch Marcellin Norberto de Souza
An important figure in the stewardship of the House of de Souza, the Patriarch is the dean of the clan or oldest dignitary of the family; he plays an important role and exercises great influence with the family collective and with the Chacha. He is a symbol of wisdom and continuity and, as such, is the guardian of moral authority. He takes part in the installment of the Chachas, assists them in carrying out their duties, and also presides over the Privy Council, advises the Chachas, drawing on his wisdom and experience, and fulfills the role of protector of the Afro-Brazilian tradition in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo.
Patriarch Marcellin Norberto de Souza, November 2018