Mass movements to motherland, ancestry reveals, citizenship conferment. Media personality Elise Preston, the anchor of “Live at Noon” alongside Vince Vitrano and reports for “Live at Daybreak” each weekday morning at TODAY’S TMJ4 recently traced her Ancestry to the West African Countries, Ghana and Togo.
In a Pinned post filled with excitement on her official Facebook page, she excitedly announced;
TBT Earlier this year, I was blessed with one of the most incredible experiences of my life. My family found our family in Ghana/Togo all thanks to Ancestry DNA/23andMe. Our familial connection pre-dates when the American relatives were enslaved in the U.S. The relatives hosted us in their homes for two weeks, taking us to see elders and sites throughout Togo and Ghana. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with hugs and messages of “welcome home.” We walked the homeland where our ancestors were once free, but were stolen from. As a reunited family, we visited the slave castles and doors of no return. Evil meant for us to never find our people again- but we did. One night, a cousin around my age and I were talking about the discovery. “You don’t understand,” she said. “We always knew that family members were taken and sold into slavery. We know that our people were shipped across the ocean in terrible conditions. But when I see you, I see that our blood survived.” #yearofthereturn
The two countries Elise Preston traced her ancestry are; Togo, a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Koutammakou, inhabited by the Batammariba people, is a traditional settlement of fortresslike clay huts dating to the 17th century. In the capital, Lomé, are the multistory Grand Marché bazaar and the Fetish Market, offering traditional talismans and remedies relating to the vodun (voodoo) religion.
Ghana, country of western Africa, situated on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Although relatively small in area and population, Ghana is one of the leading countries of Africa, partly because of its considerable natural wealth and partly because it was the first black African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule.
Recently, the President of Ghana conferred citizenships to over 100 Diaspora People living in the country. In commemoration of the 2019 Ghana year of return. Marking the 400 years of slavery.
Elise Preston also shared amazing pictures of her ancestry visit.
In response to the ancestry reveal post, several African American Facebook users, made positive comments;
The motherland is rapidly gaining her glory. Several ancestry journeys and revelations have been made in the past decade.
MBBA Global ( My beautiful Black Ancestry) Global is a proud flag bearer of the African heritage. We encourage the return and connection to the Motherland. The history of black people didn’t start at slavery. Surely, we would be able to show the universe that indeed, Africa is where all life began.