WATCH: NFL star, Colin Kaepernick makes an emotional visit to Ghana after tracing his ancestry

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American football quarterback, has visited various parts of Ghana as part of his journey to self-discovery and connecting with his roots.

Kaepernick’s biological father’s ancestors are from Ghana and Nigeria, which the 29-year-old discovered last year using a DNA test. He shared a video of his visit on social media saying:

“In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return.

 

I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park.

I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.”

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” – Frederick Douglass. In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return. I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park. I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.

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His 4th of July post on twitter about celebrating Independence Day in America has spark more conversation between the controversial quarterback’s supporters and his crtics.

He tweeted: “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”

Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the brink of winning Super Bowl XLII remains a free agent after being released by the 49ers this offseason.


5 Comments

  1. Adjetey

    July 7, 2017 at 4:01 am

    This is amazing …you remind us of our rich culture which we ourselves don’t appreciate sometimes because we have been it for soo lon. I just hope you are not disappointed by the corruption and greed our SOME of our people…be aware that it wasn’t part of our social fibe. …it’s part of psychological damage brought upon us by colonialism and Neocolonialism. ..we are not free yet as we still fight for economical freedom. ..we shall be restored to this in no time….and we shall vindicate Nkrumah that yes! The blackman is VERY capable of handling his own affairs…
    we shall return to when we ruled.
    welcome home bro …we proud of you for the many things you do…..don’t bow to the pressures. …anytime you feel down ,know that there are a billion people supporting you n I’m one of them

  2. Nasiru Wonder

    July 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Akwaaba Colin, Welcome home, glad you traced your roots and your strength in standing and defending what you know and Believe is Right has made me fall in Love with your Soul.

  3. Adia Johnson

    July 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Colin, my Scorpio Brotha, I love and support you and stand besides you in thought and in spirit!
    Your passion is prolific!

    Scorpio Sista

  4. Marcina

    July 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    We Love you, Colin, don’t let them white folks take away your Identity

  5. Mugabe Andy

    July 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Those ancient ancestral drum beats which I believe can and will bring at some time in our lives as black people will touch that spiri to accept our Blackness or reject it. Yes I return to my motherland many many years ago without touching her fertilizing doors of no return but embracing her spirit which drill inside of us all One love family one people one love one destiny

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