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40 Americans take Igbo names in Enugu, claim ancestry 

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DIASPORA RECONNECTION: A group of African-American students based in Atlanta have journeyed all the way from America to South East Nigeria in a bid to reclaim their African ancestry. According to reports, the student had taken the route of tracing their roots after DNA test results revealed they are originally from South Eastern Nigeria.

The visit of the 40 students who are faculty members from Morehouse College Glee Club did not just stop at declaring their ancestry; they went further to take Igbo names. The reunion was characterized with lots of joy as the visitors were formally welcomed back to their Ancestral home.

The visit was done in celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary of its formation in 1972. The club had once paid a visit to Nigeria in the 70s. It’s been reported that The club’s 70’s visit led the “infusion of African music into the Glee Club’s tradition and American Choral music in general”.

This time, their visit is expected to cover major Nigerian cities such as Lagos, Abuja and Enugu. The historical visit will build a deeper connection through African arts, culture, music and film.

In the spirit of happiness which characterized their visit, one of the traditional rulers who graced the occasion made an offer of lands to the visitors for anyone willing to dwell in his community.

Aside reclaiming their ancestry, the visit is also expected to be an avenue for is said to foster cultural, economic and spiritual exchange for both parties.

By Onyinye Ubah

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