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The Remove to Africa pilgrimage

Saturday 16 February 2013

Ade Mofor, distant cousin to Eddie Murphy wrote this brief:-)

Meeting African Americans who, for various reasons, are attempting to disentangle their ancestral roots in Africa can be a challenge; a sensitive, strange, emotional challenge, especially when current data is shady and can be easily manipulated to suit each person’s desire. The process can appear like the speedy blind leading the slow blind, and any helpful observer will be wise to get out of the way. Late last year (2012), an American investigative programme called CBS 60 minutes, had a presentation on the African American to Africa DNA testing phenomenon that is currently very popular in the US. Click here for the short (7 minutes) video. This video exposes some of the pitfalls associated with the current DNA testing that is used for the pilgrimage to Africa. Click here for the 54 minutes (bilingual) video of a libation ceremony in Cameroon, that took place early last year to welcome several "Camericans" to Cameroon. Thirty six (36) minutes into the video, Prof Lisa Aubrey of Arizona State University is overtaken by emotions as she connects with her past in the waters of Bimbia; a location she believes is of great importance to the slave trade and can serve for regular atonment!

It should be noted that the media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, followed her heart and invested in South Africa eventhough DNA testing did NOT link her ancestry to that African region, but to the Central and West African region. In a related story (18th century Remove to America), in answer to questions being asked in Europe about what sort of persons were likely to be well received in the new republic of America, Benjamin Franklin (one of her founding fathers) in 1782 published a pamphlet, Information to Those Who Would Remove to America, in which he observed that in America people “do not inquire concerning a stranger, What is he? but, What can he do? If he has a useful art, he is welcome…But a mere man of quality, who on that account wants to live upon the public by some office or salary will be despised and disregarded.” To the new "Camericans", Bienvenue au Cameroun!