Diasporans with DNA traced roots granted Sierra Leone citizenship

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January 06 2021








Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Grants Citizenship to 22 African Americans



State House, Freetown, Tuesday 5 January 2021 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has granted Sierra Leonean citizenship to 22 African Americans who traced their origin to Sierra Leone through DNA results, most of them with roots to Bo and Tonkolili districts.

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”You have lived your own history through over 400 years. This is the land of our mutual ancestors who were to later work rice fields and plantations that sustained the economies of the 13 British Colonies in the Americas.

“This is the land of Sengbeh Pieh of the Amistad revolt. This is the land of the rice coast, of the Gullahs, of folktales about the trickster, of handicraft, of foodways, of seeking rituals, and the call and response of African-American song and dance. This is Sierra Leone,” he noted.

He noted that Sierra Leone as a country had come a very long way from slavery and colonialism, through repressive dictatorships, bad governance, corruption, epidemics and natural disasters and civil wars, adding that his government had worked hard to restore the dignity of the country. He recalled that the 2020 Global Peace Index ranked the country as the 46th most peaceful country in the whole world and 5th most peaceful country in Africa.

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“The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention rates us as Tier 1 low risk. We have under 3% case fatality ratio and only 76 recorded deaths. We are rated with a significantly lower violent crime rate. We have a free press, a free society, decongesting prisons, and working hard to build resilience in every facet of our nation,” he said.

President Bio further disclosed that government was creating an enabling environment for the private sector to flourish, protect investments and support the establishment of businesses and organisations that would touch lives either through direct employment or social capital impact.

One of the beneficiaries of the citizenship, Dynast Abete Adewale Amir, expressed gratitude to President Bio for officially receiving them as citizens of Sierra Leone. He described the event as an emotional moment for them, adding that they were already pleased with the love they enjoyed from the President and citizens of the country.

Dynast Abete concluded by stating that they looked forward to making good use of their citizenship by adding meaningful contributions to the development and goodwill of Sierra Leone.


Full remarks by the president
 
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UPDATE 2024
President of the testing company does an update series on their YT channel. Below is a segment of her interview of an AA man who I believe was part of the group in the OP.

*6 minute excerpt

Darnell speaks on getting Sierra Leone citizenship, why he took the African Ancestry test & more!​



The full interview is spoilered below this , but this excerpt is from 9:20 until the end



Darnell speaks on getting Sierra Leone citizenship, why he took the African Ancestry test & more!​


Apr 11, 2024
In case you missed it, we went live on Instagram with one of our biggest African Ancestry cheerleaders, Darnell Clayton. He chatted with President and Co-Founder, Dr. Gina Paige about his experience with AfricanAncestry.com. In this interview, he talks about why he chose to invest in this knowledge to discovering his roots, why he chose to get his mother tested even though they share the same results, and what taking this test has meant for him
 

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The African Diaspora linking is so wholesome :mjcry:
It's practical.
European domination is based on their control of resources and institutions. Unless we strive to build networks and grow our own resources and institutions, we will always be under the domination and limitations of the existing systems.
 

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It's practical.
European domination is based on their control of resources and institutions. Unless we strive to build networks and grow our own resources and institutions, we will always be under the domination and limitations of the existing systems.
Agreed.

That’s why I always say:
“Diaspora Wars = White Supremacy in action”.

ALL of us were victim of the trans-Atlantic Slavetrade, therefor we ALL have internalized anti-Blackness and white supremacy to get rid of.

None of us started “started” being prejudice to the other,
as white supremacy taught ALL of us to be prejudice in ways to one another, to keep eachother divided. As that’s one of the main ways that white supremacy protects itself.

Any productive dialogue needs to start with that understanding to acknowledge eachother’s pain that manifested itself in shared and different ways.

Reading history books, traveling, linking up, networking, sharing experiences, history and cultural traditions is healing and necessary.
 
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