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African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by anambrang: 6:39pm On Nov 27, 2019
A 2016 report from the United States of America Census Bureau placed the number of blacks in the country at 40 million. This number was majorly offsprings of the 10.7 million slaves who survived the dreaded middle passage and were disembarked in North America, the Caribbean and South America.

According to Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database, a total of 12.5 million Africans were shipped out of the continent between 1525 and 1866. While some of these African-Americans have been able to trace their countries of origin and even ancestry, with the help of peculiar ancestral stories that have transcended generations; some others seemingly do not care a hoot about their origin.

There are still those so eager to locate their ancestry but yet to succeed in the quest for identification of their ancestral roots. These people are ready to walk the extra miles, including subjecting the African locals to a DNA test to identify where they truly belong.

Daily Sun learnt that the apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has over the years been involved in their quest for identity. Some prominent Igbo traditional rulers and Ohanaeze chieftains would normally identify with the Igbo Americans during their annual ceremony at the Igbo Village in Staunton, Virginia, United States of America.

President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State Chapter, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said it was at such outings that it was resolved that any of the desirous ones could be assisted to visit Nigeria and possibly trace their root.

In that regard, a contingent of Americans of African descent recently landed in Anambra State in search of its ancestral root. The voyage of discovery tagged “Root to Glory Tour,” took them to Obu-Gad, Aguleri; regarded as the historical origin of the Igbo race, for Eri festival. They were later hosted to African cultural festival at Rojenny Stadium and Tourists Village, Oba, near Onitsha.

A similar contingent had visited during the Eri festival in 2012. Filled with nostalgia, they passionately appealed to Nigerians and African families to assist their quest by conducting DNA test to enable them connect with their relations.

One of them, Ms Denver Beaulieu-Hains, based in Maryland, United States of America, was not only convinced she is of Igbo origin, but was insistent that she hails from Imo State. Her confusion remains how to locate the exact place in Imo and her relations:

“My affinity with Africa is that I definitively have a family in Imo State that I connect to, it is more than knowing that I’m from Africa, I am from Imo State but I have not been able to meet my family in Imo.

“The DNA on the internet connects African-Americans like me to my family because the blood does not lie, I am 60 per cent African and it has been good relating with original African cousins.”

For Shirma Charles, based in Toronto, Canada and from the Granada Island of the Caribbean, it was a homecoming. She said she felt much at home because according to her, the way of life of the people here has similarity with what obtains in their clime.

She said she had never believed the negative impression the Western media created about Africa, adding that the Nollywood movies have helped them appreciate Africans as their cousins. She called on Nigerians and indeed Igbo people to provide their selves; for DNA test to make it easier for them to identify their African roots:

“Africa is home for all humanity, but for us, individuals in the Caribbean of African descent, we are aware as recorded in history that our forefathers were taken from here, the continent of Africa. I had my DNA test to find out where my ancestors belonged to, before they were taken and it brought me to Igbo land; so I am Igbo and I am home tracing the roots of my ancestors.

“I have not been able to find out the state or family where I belong. That is why we are appealing to Igbo people and Africans in general to do DNA test so that when the result matches us, we will know we are cousins.

“The western media will always try to portray Africans in negative light but I never bought into that. Nollywood is very popular among us in the Caribbean and the visuals we get in those movies replicated our environment in the Caribbean.

“Our culture, the way we live, the masquerades and the food (maybe prepared differently) are similar, I am going back with fond memories of the hospitality of my people here.”

Nicholas Quesha from Seattle, Washington in the USA, said insisted his descent was around Anambra, Delta, Imo and Enugu states, adding that he was making great efforts to establish the exact place of his origin:

“I took DNA test about five years ago and was able to identify with 25 Igbo cousins and through phone calls and visits, I was able to know that my ancestors belonged to the Igbo land.

“Houston Texas is the largest Nigerian community outside Africa and I live there, so I don’t have problems of adaptation to Nigerian food because they were already familiar to me. I will continue to visit Nigeria and interact with my DNA cousins.

“What I want to tell people is that they should perceive the world with their own experience and not what they hear in the media dominated by the West, Nigeria is not as bad as they are portrayed. We, the Africans in Diaspora really want to connect with our people back home in Africa.”

For Mr Rabbi Robinson, he is a full American, but decided to be part of the team because his wife is an African-American whose root was traced to Nigeria. He said humanity is one, adding that there was no need for racism because his visit to Nigeria was one of his finest experiences: “When we get back, we will do more DNA tests to get to the roots of this ancestral relationship, the experience is awesome.”

Proprietor of Rojenny Tourist and Games Village, Rojenny Ezeonwuka, said the “Roots to Glory Tour” team now has first-hand experience of Africa and could now go back to their Diaspora homes to tell them that they had another home which was willing to accept them. He called on African leaders to assist the willing Africans in diaspora in their quest to identify with their brothers and sisters at home.

After the Anambra expedition, tears of joy flowed freely at the Government House, Enugu, when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi played host to the contingent. They were amazed by the warm hospitality and reception accorded them with President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, in attendance.

Ogbonnia noted: “There are tears of joy on their faces that they have discovered their origin and overcome their identity crisis.” He disclosed how he gave one of such African-Americans the Igbo name of “Chisom”, three years ago, at the Igbo Village in US, after listening to her story.

Leader of the group, Ada Brown, thanked those who made their visit back home possible and accorded them warm hospitality: “This is so important and remarkable for those who are looking for their home.”

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/african-americans-trace-roots-to-igbo-land/

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Abdul05: 6:53pm On Nov 27, 2019
Correct,in short All the African Americans are Igbos

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by makdcash(m): 6:54pm On Nov 27, 2019
Good move.
Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by nabiz(m): 7:08pm On Nov 27, 2019
I really need a degree in history and genealogy. This course is untapped in africa

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Whiteangel1234: 7:18pm On Nov 27, 2019
grin grin Igbo Amaka we will definitely rule and control America Soon cheesy grin

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by sweetonugbu: 7:19pm On Nov 27, 2019
nabiz:
I really need a degree in history and genealogy. This course is untapped in africa
I am telling you, I am going back to school.

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by sweetonugbu: 7:20pm On Nov 27, 2019
Picture would've added color to the write up.

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by ursullalinda(f): 9:09pm On Nov 27, 2019
Nigerians are rushing out and don't mind leaving their identity behind......and this one's are tracing there Identify down here.....lol irony of life

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by vincentjk(m): 9:09pm On Nov 27, 2019
African-american igbos amaka

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Cosmatikka: 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
I hope sey they carry money come o grin

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by realstars: 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
I thank God my grand pa know road take come back, now I for no posses the land I inherit after my dad . that makes me a land lord.
Is there any place better than home?

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by chibu4u2(m): 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
nwa nwoke oma, onye anyi.

No matter where you go,.......remember the road that leads you home.

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by MrWTF(m): 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
Does it mean am an American?

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by funmike83(f): 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
Igbo amaka

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Aboguede(m): 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
Abeg me I dey run go occupy my position for my father's land

The speed people dey take claim African origin these dayz, I dey fear oh

Abeg who wan buy American visa?
Price=1k

I no wan go America again oh

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by hisexcellency34: 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
Mad pipu

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by samuel19222(m): 9:10pm On Nov 27, 2019
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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Mr100Dollars: 9:11pm On Nov 27, 2019
Hhh
Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by FactBoyz: 9:11pm On Nov 27, 2019
grin
Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by LZAA: 9:12pm On Nov 27, 2019
Please where is metaphysical
Cc immhotep GMBuharii Afamed helinues greenback iammo sarrki

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Nobody: 9:12pm On Nov 27, 2019
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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Arrewa: 9:12pm On Nov 27, 2019
See the flat head nyamiris...African Americans aren't any Igbos... But collective slaves from different African countries...
That's how they claim to have migrated from Israel... Until Israelis archeologist shut them up... Now it's African Americans... Who we all know come from different countries... Ndi ochi

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by justscorchone(m): 9:12pm On Nov 27, 2019
Sometimes I wish some rich mofucka will just pop out from nowhere and claim he’s my long lost brother same way I wish to see a Ghana must go bag filled with money..being dead broke makes one hallucinate

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by LZAA: 9:12pm On Nov 27, 2019

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by abjisperson(m): 9:13pm On Nov 27, 2019
Abdul05:
Correct,in short All the African Americans are Igbos
This isnt even an achievement, yet u re still pained...U guys are jus pathetic

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Re: African-americans Trace Roots To Igbo Land by Igbokqwe: 9:13pm On Nov 27, 2019
Idi Igbo nu nuno Kwenu

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