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Americans Trace Root to Ife, Meet Ooni

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The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has played host to some persons of American origin who traced their roots to the Kingdom of Ife.

During the visit of the Americans to the ancient Ile Oodua Palace, Ooni Ogunwusi explained that the greatest joy was that of origination.

“If you take a closer look at yourselves in comparison to your kinsmen and women here, you will agree with me that there is no difference between us. The only difference is that my own forefathers missed the boat that yours caught up with.

“So my dear children, you are welcome home and I pray that the meaningful names you are being bestowed with today will manifest in all your endeavours.

“Luckily for you, your source (Ile-Ife) which is within the Federal Republic of Nigeria is filled with lovely people and a very safe environment.

So I urge you to feel free and also increase your economic presence in Ile-Ife as there are opportunities for you all to reside and invest here.” The Ooni said.

Earlier, Ambassador Dotun Taylor who led the Americans to the palace, explained that the visitors were convinced that they were of African origin after a scientific test popularly known as “Ancestral DNA” confirmed that they had a high concentration of the African gene.

“This is the commencement of a process that will lead to the naturalization of foreigners who are of black origin to becoming Nigerians and particularly Yoruba sons and daughters.

“We are working with all needed authorities in this regard including the Ministry of Interior and the traditional institution under the leadership of our father, the Ooni.” Amb. Taylor said.

Speaking on behalf of the Americans, Mrs. Delzora Dotson, who is now to be addressed as Mrs. Delzora Omotilewa Dotson, described the experience as worthwhile, explaining that she could not wait to tell her friends and family members about her discovery.

“Right now, I am feeling the connection of origination and I am happy to be back home.” She said.

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Written by: Temitope A

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