2,000 African descendants to attend African Diaspora Union celebration- Official

No fewer than 2,000 African descendants are expected to attend the  global celebration of the African Diaspora Union (AFRIDU) in Nigeria.

Archbishop Chidiebere Ogbu, the President,  AFRIDU said this on Tuesday at a news conference held in Abuja to announce the group’s week-long celebration slated for October.

Ogbu said that the African descendants coming into the country were not coming as investors but as Nigerians, to bring in their professional expertise and skills into the economy, politics and other fields.

He said that the concept of the international gathering in honour of the African in Diaspora 6th region was an opportunity to boost the Nigerian economy through investment.

He added that this was through making Nigeria a world tourist zone and pilgrimage centre for the Black world.

He noted that history had played a major role in telling the African descendants the story of their forefathers enslavement by the colonial masters.

“Nigerians in Diaspora has welcomed us and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has welcomed us as well.

“Now our brothers and sister in the diaspora who came from South America, United States and Canada came to find out how we are preparing for the international gathering in honour of the Africans in diaspora six region in October.

“We initially wanted the first week of October, but since we had an interface with the NiDCOM chief, we have to change the date to the third week. However, the actual date will be communicated to the public soon.

“We also know that our visitors, who have all it takes to change the narratives of Nigeria both in the economic, political and diplomatic sectors of the country and Africa, will be present.

“We have all that it will take to build Nigeria. So,  as the ones that were forcefully taken away, we cannot be coming into Nigeria as visitors or tourists, but we want to invest and participate as citizens of Nigeria.

“We have the DNA test results which have proven that thousands of us and all of them that came, representing thousands of investors and others, are black people”.

Similarly, Dr Moriel McClerklin, President/CEO, Southern Care Coordination Partners; King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Traditional Ruler and Adviser, AFRIDU and others in their various remarks requested for citizenship waiver for the African descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Victims under Reparative Justice of AFRIDU.(NAN)

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