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How Black Americans Traced Their Roots To Igboland [PHOTOS]

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In a move tagged Root to Glory Tour, a contingent of Americans of African root came to Anambra state to connect with their spiritual base.

During the tour, they were taken to Obu-Gad, Aguleri before they got hosted to a cultural festival at Rojenny Stadium and Tourists Village, Oba, very close to Onitsha.

Denver Beaulieu-Hians, one of the people on tour, said she was very sure that she has an Igbo origin of Imo state. She was, however, confused about how to locate her exact place in the state.

“My affinity with Africa is that I definitely 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 percent African and it has been good relating with original African cousins,” she said.

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Another person, Nicholas Quesha, who is from Washington in US, said he is convinced his descendants are from a place around Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Imo states.

“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,” he said.

Black Americans being attended to at Anambra Village

In recent years, the number of people abroad tracing their roots back to Africa has been on the increase as a 2016 United States of America Census Bureau calculated the number of black in US to be at 40 million.

According to the report, the number is just descendants of the 10.7 million slaves who survived the transatlantic slave trade.

While some have been able to trace their roots, there is still a large number who do not really care about their origin.

The Sun reports that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been supporting Igbo Americans abroad who are very much interested in the quest for identity.

Alex Ogbonnia, the president of the traditional Igbo apex group of Enugu state chapter, said that any of them who still wish to trace their root could be assisted in visiting the country.

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‘Sick People Don’t Need Prayer, Give Them Money’ — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has taken to social media to share his views on just how powerful money is.

According to Reno, he saw the true power of money after he sent money to a sick acquaintance adding that so many sick people do not need prayers but money.

He wrote:

“I saw the power of money when I sent money to one of my congregants who was down with malaria. The bank alert unleashed a type of enthusiasm that can only be described as anti-malarial joy! Sometimes, sick people don’t need prayer. Give them money. Money is therapeutic! Bank alerts are the sweetest sound your phone can make. But, if you have a job, you only get alerted 12 times a year. However, with a business, you can get alerts DAILY. And what a positive high it gives! Start a side business so you can get high on bank alerts!.”

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Daddy Freeze Berates NYSC Skirt Agitation, Says It’s Madness

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Controversial OAP, Daddy Freeze, has reacted to the recent agitation which calls for the inclusion of ‘Skirts’ in the uniform of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) kits.

In a post by the OAP on Friday, he stated that the movement is a madness.

He said; “Is this not madness?”

“Even the disciples had abandoned these old covenant Jewish laws as far back as 2000 years ago, so why glamorize your ignorance by resurrecting them now?”

He also gave some biblical references to enlighten those calling for the inclusion of skirt in the NYSC system in the name of religious right.

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Woman Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Killing Husband With Eye Drops

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A South Carolina woman was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in jail after she admitted poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in his drinking water.

In a plea deal, Lana Sue Clayton, 53, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Steven Clayton, 64, at their home in Clover, near Charlotte, CBS-affiliate WBTV reported.

She was accused of poisoning her husband by lacing his drinking water with eye drops between July 19 and 21, 2018.

Her husband was initially thought to have died of natural causes but an autopsy toxicology report showed poisonous levels of tetrahydrozoline, which is found in eye drops.

“The coroner found a level of tetrahydrozoline in his system and that’s when we opened the case because that was very unusual for us,” York County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Trent Faris said, according to WBTV.

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Prosecutors said in 2016 she also shot her husband in back of the head with a crossbow, ABC-affiliate WSOC-TV reported.

At the time the incident was put down as an accident.

Speaking at her sentencing, she admitted poisoning her husband but claimed he had abused her.

“I did impulsively put the Visine in Stephen’s drink and I did it with the intent to make him sick and uncomfortable. I was upset about the abuse and just wanted him to leave me alone,” Clayton, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, told the court, WBTV video showed.

“I never thought it would kill him.”

Clayton, a former Veterans Affairs Department nurse, said she got the idea of using eye drops, which are tasteless, colorless and odorless, from watching movies but thought they would cause diarrhea.

Prosecutors however said she killed her husband for money, throwing his cell phone in a lake so he could not call for help and and burning his will afterwards.

“She fooled one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever known in my life,” Steven Clayton’s sister Rosemarie Clayton-Leslie told ABC’s Good Morning America.

“My brother died a horrific death. I think my brother was screaming for his life.”

Clayton was arrested in August 2018 and charged with murder.

“Of the many homicide cases I’ve handled, this one probably takes the cake as far as being bizarre,” South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch said.

While it is unusual, it is not the first time eye drops have featured in a homicide case.

In December 2019 a North Carolina man was charged with murdering his wife using eye drops, WSOC said.

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