In a re-emergence of the tourism sector in Edo State on the back of ease of doing business reforms of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration, 50 African American tourists have arrived Benin City, the state capital, to trace their origin.
Some of the African Americans visiting Benin City, Edo State.
The tourists, who arrived Benin from California, United States of America (USA), were entertained by the Benin Cultural Troupe and treated to delicious local African dishes, including palm oil fruits soup (banga), blended vegetable (black) soup, owo soup, pounded yam and agidi (corncake) among others.
Speaking to journalists on the reason for the visit, Mr. Andy Ehanire, a representative of Jemi Alade, organisers of the tour, said the Americans were on a rediscovery visit to trace their root.
He added, “They are coming on a pilgrimage to rediscover the home of their ancestors from where they were taken away more than 400 years ago. It is an emotional visit.”
Ehanire said the visit was sorted out to some degree, to exhibit that these individuals share a typical hereditary legacy with the Benins so progressively African-Americans will be urged to visit Benin City and have a vibe of the African culture and find where their precursors lived.
“Benin is protected. We are humanized and amicable. The sightseers will be taken around the city. They will visit the Oba Palace and the Palace of the Enogie of Ugoneki, where they will be given Benin names so they can add to their current names.”
He said the travel industry can possibly develop the economy of the state, taking note of that a few nations have developed their economy with traveler receipts as they get very nearly a million sightseers on a month to month premise.
“For a spot to pull in vacationer consideration, its way of life must be unadulterated, there must be security and proficient visit monitors,” Ehanire noted.