American actor Samuel L. Jackson in the footsteps of his African ancestors - RFI
After discovering Gabonese origins during a DNA test, the Pulp Fiction actor visited Gabon and Ghana. A trip also
By RFIPalled on 09-08-2019Modified on 09-08-2019 at 23:17
After discovering Gabonese origins during a DNA test, the Pulp Fiction actor visited Gabon and Ghana. A trip also professional, since the star is working on a documentary series dedicated to the routes of the transatlantic slave trade.
Since July 23, date of his arrival in Gabon, Samuel L. Jackson has been very active on social networks. Through photographs of street scenes, markets, dishes ordered in various restaurants or even elephants, Internet users have been able to follow step by step the return to the sources of the actor.
In Gabon, he met the King of Benga, the tribe of his ancestors, but also President Ali Bongo. " I was very well received and I even felt at home, " he said. Before leaving, a Gabonese passport in his pocket.
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When you meet The King of The Benga, your ancestral tribe & he turns out to be your best friend Skeeter !!! When you're on a journey of discovery & a life choice becomes clear! #homecoming #gabon #enslaveddocumentary
A shared publication by Samuel L Jackson (@samuelljackson) on July 30, 2019 at 9:40 AM PDT
Samuel L. Jackson then flew to Ghana, where he visited several historic slavery sites, such as Elmina Fort, a Portuguese trading post built in 1,482 that will become one of the centers of the slave trade. Negroes in the Gulf of Guinea.
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The reason for the journey to Ghana, Elmina Castle! The dungeons & the Door of No Return! #homecoming #ghana #enslaveddocumentary
A shared publication by Samuel L Jackson (@samuelljackson) on August 8, 2019 at 8:27 AM PDT
So many steps that will feed the new documentary series of the actor, entitled Enslaved , which traces the horror of the triangular trade through the wrecks of former slave ships, using underwater archeology. According to its designers, the series wants to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slave on the American coast in 1619.
A real bargain for Ghana anyway. The country launched a tourism campaign this year called "The Year of Return," aimed primarily at African Americans wanting to discover their roots.
For us, having a celebrity like Samuel L. Jackson is really positive. Especially since this year we rely on the connection with African diasporas to boost our tourism potential. And since then, we have received many personalities, musicians, businessmen and actors.
Akwasi Agyeman, director of tourism authority in Ghana
09-08-2019 - By Laure Broulard
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