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(PHOTOS) American Famous Hollywood Actor, FOREST WHITAKER traces Ancestral Roots to Nigeria, Gets Chieftaincy Title After DNA Reveals His Igbo Identity

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Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, director, and activist. He is the recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

For Forest Whitaker and his compatriot Danny Glover it was sweet home coming on Sunday April 5, 2009, when the traditional ruler and people of Nkwere, Imo state welcomed him with a chieftaincy title after taking part at the just concluded African Movie Academy Awards in Bayelsa.

The African-American A-List Hollywood stars were introduced to the people and chiefs of the ancient town by Chief Nze Chukwuka Anyiam-Osigwe, the eldest son of the Anyiam-Osigwe brothers who also is a title chief of Nkwerre.

The elated Anyiam-Osigwe told the jubilant crowd at the palace of Eze Dr. Chijioke Jeki Okwara IV, that the coming of Danny Glover and Forest Whitaker was the greatest thing to happen to black history as history was made on the day the two men re-establish their connection with their root.Forest Whitaker has done a DNA which revealed that he has Igbo ancestral root and a link with Nkwerre people.

The eldest Anyiam-Osigwe said, ‘’This is our lost brother. We have found him and brought him home. It is only an Nkwere man that can find his way home after many years. We are a people from unparallel kingdom. We are pride of Igboland.

Today our brother Whitaker and his friend Mr. Glover will be made Nkwerre Chiefs and it is not an easy task to be an Nkwerre chief because there are only 30 Nkwerre chiefs in the whole world,’’ he said.After introducing the Hollywood stars to the people and chiefs, the King ordered they be brought inside the inner chamber for traditional rites preceding their final confirmation as chiefs. It was an emotional one for Whitaker who has been working all his life to establish direct contact with his ancestral Igboland and the quest was made possible by attending the UBA-AMAA awards in Nigeria as a star guest.

Being an Nkwerre chief will help us socially, culturally and economically as our dream of a film village and film institute will be realised with Danny and Whitaker as chiefs of our town. They are good people. We present them as worthy of being chiefs of Nkwerre,’’ Anyiam Osigwe declared.

Upon the public affirmation of the duo as worthy of the honour, Eze Okwara asked the palace chief to bring out a live eagle, a symbol of strength, vigour and power to complete the chieftaincy rite.

American Famous Hollywood Actor, FOREST WHITAKER traces Ancestral Roots to Nigeria and receives traditional chieftaincy title of Nwannedinamba of Nkwerre (meaning “There’s a Brother in a Foreign Land”.“I am proud of my Nigerian Igboland lineage. I have Nigerian blood flowing in my veins. I am from Nkwerre community in Imo State, which is why I visit Nigeria three times every year. Nigeria is my home and Africa my root”. says Whitaker.

Whitaker had a DNA test which confirmed his mother had Akan ancestry and his father was of Igbo descent. He feels great whenever he plays a Black role in movies as that reminds him of his rich African heritage.

The UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation who vowed to train Nollywood film producers, actors on how to create bloc-buster movies, studied Acting at the University of Southern CaliforniaHe has also won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, British Academy Film Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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