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African Naming Ceremony

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We gathered at the edge of Rock Creek Park early Saturday morning each of us in our own thoughts as we walked through the path that would lead us to the stream where we would finally receive the names our ancestors were denied when they were forced to travel those many hundreds of years ago away for the only home they knew to a new and foreign land.

The group was led by His Majesty, Chief Emmanuel Ndoumbe of Bonendale, Cameroon. Bonendale is located in Douala, Cameroon.

We each traveled from North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, Detroit, and Washington DC to attend this event. In addition, we had diaspora representatives from Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal and Guinea.  Our special guest was King Happi V the King of Bana located in Cameroon. Bana is a Bamileke village located in West Cameroon.

During the slave trade, many Africans were stripped of their identity upon landing in the Americas. It is our hope that all Africans in the Diaspora interested in reclaiming their African Heritage through a traditional name are given the opportunity.

If you want to attend the next African Naming Ceremony, please send us an email at

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  1. Delores knight

    Hello, I’m interested in attending the next naming ceremony. I have my AfricaN DNA results.

    1. rootstoglory

      Good Afternoon, we would love to have you join the next event. We will post our future events on this website. Please reach out to us by email Thank you

    2. rootstoglory

      We are glad to hear from you. We will put out the programs for next year very soon. You can also send us an email at

  2. Tina

    I am very interested!

    1. rootstoglory

      Good Afternoon Tina,
      It is good to hear from you. Here is the link to the registration form for the upcoming naming ceremony. I hope some of the dates work in your schedule and look forward to meeting you.

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