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.
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.
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.
Police Arrest 21-Year-Old Man For Allegedly Sodomizing Underaged Boys In Anambra
A 21-year-old man has been arrested by the police in Anambra state for allegedly sodomizing underage boys in the state.
Police arrest 21-year-old man for allegedly sodomizing underaged boys in Anambra lailasnews
The suspect identified as Obimeze Maduabuchi Augustine, of Ofianta village, Nsugbe, in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state, was arrested for allegedly having carnal knowledge with two boys, aged five and seven respectively, on different occasions.
This was made known in a statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Haruna Mohammed.
The spokesperson said Obimese was arrested by the police detectives attached to B’ Division, Awka, following a tip-off. According to a statement, the suspect voluntarily confessed to committing the crime and blamed his acts on peer group influences.
“The scene of the crime was visited by the police detectives and the two victims, all boys, were taken to the hospital for medical examination.” Haruna said
Haruna said the state commissioner of police, CP John B. Abang, has ordered the transfer of the case to the state criminal investigation department (CID) for discreet investigations after which the suspect would be charged to court.
Police Rescue Baby Girl Dumped In The Bush In Anambra
Men of the Anambra state police command have rescued a baby girl that was abandoned in a bush in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed this to newsmen, said the police division in the locality received a report from members of the vigilante that a baby looking very sickly but still alive was found in the bush. The detectives immediately visited the scene and rescued the baby.
“Commander, Nnokwa Vigilante group in Umueshi Village, Nnokwa, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State reported at Nnobi Police Station that a baby girl was abandoned by an unknown person inside Nnokwa bush.
Following the report, police operatives visited the scene, rescued the baby alive but very sickly and rushed her to Chukwu Nonso Hospital for medical attention.
The baby is gradually responding to treatment and will be handed over to Social Welfare for proper care while effort is ongoing to trace the parents in order to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident
Anyone with useful information about the child should report at Nnobi Divisional Police Station or contact PPRO Anambra State Police Command on GSM no 08060970639.” the statement read
Woman Pretending To Be Blind Is Exposed And Apprehended In Ebonyi
A woman pretending to be blind for financial gains was apprehended in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The woman was reportedly arrested by SA to Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Mineral Resources & Environmental Management.
The woman, who is from Imo State, stands by the Union Bank Junction in Abakaliki to beg for alms.
She allegedly applies Rob ointment to her eyes and this makes her tear up, she then keeps the eye shut while one of her children leads her by the hand. When the effect of the balm wears off, she allegedly reapplies it.
When the woman was caught, her eyes were forced open and nothing appeared to be wrong with them.
The Governor’s Aide, according to reports, took the woman to the old government house after uncovering her deceit.
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