It was an event filled with emotions, tears of joy on Monday at the Government House, Enugu, as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, played host to African-Americans whose DNA tests confirmed they are of Igbo origin.
The said African-Americans of Igbo origin, who returned to their fatherland, first visited Eri in Aguleri, Anambra State were they received blessings and other rituals from the traditional rulers.
Eri in Aguleri is the original cultural head of the Umu-eri groups of the Igbo people.
The Igbo indigenes were amazed by the warm hospitality and reception accorded them in Enugu, by Gov. Ugwuanyi, whom the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, described as an unassuming and accommodating leader who has created a peaceful atmosphere and entrenched good governance in the state.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State Chpater, Chief Alex Ogbonna, while narrating the experience of the returnees stated that ” there are tears of joy on their faces that they have discovered their origin and overcome their identify crisis”.
Chief Ogbonna appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for the warm reception and sense of brotherhood, adding, the governor is a peaceful and insightful good man”, who has made Enugu a beautiful and secure place to live and do business.
While thanking all those who made their visit back home possible and accorded them warm hospitality, the leader of the group, Ada Brown, disclosed that “this is so important and remarkable for those who are looking for their home”.
The high point of the event was a session of handshake with the governor by the Igbo African-Americans and a brief entertainment by a cultural troop from Enugu State Ministry of Culture and Tourism.