During President Barack Obama's visit
to Ghana, he is likely to tour the Castle at Elmina on the Atlantic coast of
Ghana. There, he will find the infamous "Door of No Return" through which
thousands of African slaves passed in chains to be sold in the New World.
president's visit is likely to encourage the increasing number of African
Americans who are turning more and more to the use of DNA to trace their
first started hearing about it when I saw Oprah Winfrey and the other
celebrities testing their ancestries. And I've had the intense desire to know
because previously I could point to Africa and say somewhere over there that's
where I'm from," said Veronica Henry of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Henry, founder of the website www.myafricandiaspora.com said tracing her African ancestry to the Mende people of Sierra Leone has brought
her closer to Africa and its peoples.
of the first things that I recognized is that now I have some place to go, now
I have somebody to call, now I have a country that I can become involved with,"
tracing her ancestry, Henry said she began to do extensive research about
Sierra and the language and culture of the Mende people.
said she has already submitted application for dual Sierra Leone citizenship.
said she was thrilled about President Obama's visit to Africa and hoped it
would spur more African Americans interest in the continent.
excited that he's bringing focus to Africa, and also I'm pleased that he picked
Ghana. I hope that he will help bring more focus for people around the world,
particularly African Americans to look back at Africa, to think about where
they may be from," Henry said.
said she started www.myafricandiaspora.com
website because after tracing her own ancestry she realized that there were
other Africans in the Diaspora who wanted to establish their own connections
realized that we wanted to help foster that connection that we made by reaching
out to people in Sierra Leone…so we decided the best way to do that was to use technology.
And by creating www.myafricandiaspora.com
we use that as a central point to provide news and information about people in
the African Diaspora," Henry said.
said she has learned the Mende language in other to make herself a wholesome
part of the Sierra Leone society.
said she plans to get involved economically and socially in Sierra Leone.