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Thanks to ancestry DNA testing, no fewer than 11 Americans have discovered their link to Nigeria. Additionally, several others were found to have roots in eight other African countries, including Cameroon, The Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, and Niger Republic.

The 11 Americans identified with Nigerian lineages include Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Yoruba-Fulani, Hausa-Fulani, and Fulani-Kanuri heritage. They are Maleeka Harris, Shatara Corbett, Abel Watson, Darryl Rattray, Antonia Coleman-Brown, Nicole Williams, Pablo Blanco, Estena Turner, William Conley, Keith Howard, and Gina Paige.

The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York became a center of cultural revelation as these Americans gathered at the Nigerian embassy. The emotional “African Ancestry Reveal” ceremony, held at the Nigeria House in New York, highlighted the deep, historical connections between Nigeria and the African Diaspora, generating excitement and pride among attendees.

According to a statement from the Consulate’s information desk, signed by Tiamiyu Arobani, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York Amb. Abubakar Jidda emphasized that the discovery of Nigerian ancestry not only bridged cultural gaps but also celebrated the enduring bonds between Nigeria and the global African community.

The statement reads: “Nigeria, with its rich tapestry of cultures and history, stands as a leader within the African continent. We continue to celebrate this shared heritage. So, Nigeria welcomes you. The Consulate offers various educational and cultural opportunities aimed at promoting cultural exchanges.”

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