Black History Culture : 'We Need to Learn About Our Culture'...

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  1. Aqil

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    Some blacks of African descent in the Caribbean have indicated their intention to return to their "ancestral land," Africa. The blacks, under the auspices of the "Ethiopian Peace Foundation," gave this indication Friday in Abuja, when they paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of Culture, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu.

    The leader of the four-man delegation, Carol Rocke, said that blacks living in the Caribbean were mostly taken from the west coast of Africa during the slave-trade era. She expressed the desire of these Africans to return to their ancestral home appealed to the Nigerian government to assist them with land and national passports, to facilitate their movement. "We do not know anything about our culture and people. We need to learn about kingship, tradition, and history. We want to return home to meet our African brothers, share our western knowledge and skills, and be treated as one," Ms. Rocke said.

    According to her, the delegation is on a tour of three African nations - Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia - to appeal for support for the return of willing blacks in the Caribbean to their ancestral home. She urged the government to establish air-service links between Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, which she described as the "Gateway to the Caribbean."

    Ms. Rocke noted that Caribbeans go to America and Europe on vacation, and said that the establishment of air links between Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago would further boost trade and tourism. She stressed the need to project Africa's image positively to the world, saying that the "global impression of Africa is that of war, famine, disease and poverty."

    In his remarks, Ambassador Ogbuewu expressed Nigeria's support for Africans in the Diaspora, saying that the AU, under Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's leadership, is advocating for the Caribbean to be the sixth region of Africa. "You are welcome back home anyday as you are part of us. You will be given free land and treated like Nigerians," he said. The minister said that arrangements were underway to establish air links between the Caribbean countries, while cultural and bilateral agreements already exist between both.

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    this is a very interesting article brotha,

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    You're welcome, Brother Sekhemu...
     
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