Category: Ancestry

Akon |Rapper tells Black Americans to let go of the past and come back to Africa

By Biba Adams | The Grio

Akon, the Senegalese-American musician, business mogul and humanitarian says that African Americans blame slavery for every ‘mishap’ and should just come back to Africa where they are not the minority. In an interview VladTV, rapper Akon said that Black Americans would benefit from “letting go” of the past trauma of slavery. 

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How some Black Americans are finding solace in African spirituality

BBy Nylah Burton  | Vox

Porsche Little, a Brooklyn-based artist, diviner, and aborisha — or someone who serves the Orisha, a group of spirits central to the Yoruba and other African Diaspora religions — says that she has received a huge increase in requests for divinations and readings throughout the pandemic.

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High percentage of Nigerian ancestry found in Black Americans in the U.S. as study reflect the hardships and realities of slavery

By Isoke Samuel | NBC

The genes of 50,000 descendants of slaves reveal the effects of the global slave trade generations later, according to a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Researchers analyzed data provided by thousands of 23andMe customers who agreed to share their genetic information to better understand the impact of forced migration on the genealogy of the descendants of enslaved Africans in the Americas.

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If George Floyd had done his DNA, he was probably from Nigeria

by  Joseph Omotayo | Legit

A senior government official in Nigeria has said if George Floyd had taken an ancestry DNA test before he was killed, he probably would have found out he was a Nigerian. This was said when two Nigerian agencies joined forces to hold a memorial in remembrance of the slain African-American in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Ghana Minister Invites African-Americans to Re-settle in Africa If They Feel Unwanted in the U.S.

BY BRENDAN COLE | Newsweek

The debate about race following the killing of George Floyd has reverberated across the Atlantic Ocean, spurring the tourism minister of Ghana to appeal to its diaspora, including in the U.S., to “leave where you are not wanted,” and return home.

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After my mother died, I reconnected with her Nigerian heritage through food at Rio Carnival

By Rosie Bell

AS PART OF MY voyage of the heart to heal from the sudden loss of my mother, Grace, I headed far afield to Brazil, a country she loved wholeheartedly yet never visited. During my mission to forget her passing, I encountered many a reminder of her aliveness, the dishes she cooked, and the tales she told of the place she was born: Nigeria.

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I am more Nigerian than American – Lil Wayne

African-American rapper, Lil Wayne, has said that he is 53 per cent Nigerian. He said this during his chat with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN as a guest on the “Drink Champ” show that airs Revolt TV.

According to him, an ancestry test conducted by a website he shared some of his details on proved that he’s more Nigerian than American.

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NAACP Group Arrives In Ghana Exactly 400 Years Since First Slaves Were Brought To U.S.

Drummers, dancers and local residents welcomed the NAACP delegation at Kotoka International Airport, as the group made their long-awaited arrival in Ghana for the Year of Return.

The excitement was palpable as almost 300 African Americans touched down in Accra for an eventful week that is akin to a homecoming.

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Slavery’s 400-Year Anniversary Brings Tourist Boom To Ghana

By Alessandra Prentice and Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters

In a clearing at the turnoff to Assin Manso, a billboard depicts two African slaves in loincloths, their arms and legs in chains. Beside them are the words, “Never Again!” This is “slave river,” where captured Ghanaians submitted to a final bath before being shipped across the Atlantic into slavery centuries ago, never to return to the land of their birth. Today, it is a place of somber homecoming for the descendants of those who spent their lives as someone else’s property.

The popularity of the site has swelled this year, 400 years after the trade in Africans to the English colonies of America began. This month’s anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in Virginia has caused a rush of interest in ancestral tourism, with people from the United States, the Caribbean and Europe seeking out their roots in West Africa.

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Participants Find Solace In Ancestral Tribute During The First Day Of The Jamestown To Jamestown Journey

BY VANESSA MBONU

This week marks 400 years since the first African were forcefully brought to the United States. To memorialize this history, more than 200 African Americans made their way to Virginia, the first leg in a week-long journey retracing the steps of their ancestors dubbed Jamestown 2 Jamestown.

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