ROOTS TO GLORY TOURS ANNOUNCES
THE TOUR OF RECONCILIATION
FEATURING HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
His Majesty, Doctor De-Gbeze G Ayontinme Tofa IX of the Toffa I Dynasty
KINGDOM OF DANXOME (DAHOMEY)
For Immediate Release:
2019 represents a critical time in African American History and Culture. Four hundred years ago, the Transatlantic Slave Trade reached the shores of English speaking North America with the first ship transporting African People as its first set of “cargo”, for bondage and servitude.
Several organizations, descendants, and diasporans across the globe have prepared ceremonies and tributes observing this year as a time to reflect, reconcile the past, and honor the strength of those who came before us. As part of this programming, Roots To Glory Tours (RGT) announces the “Tour of Reconciliation” featuring His Majesty King Tofa IX of Porto Novo Benin Republic. The tour is scheduled to take place in cities across the country in October 2019.
Thousands of Africans in the Diaspora from the Americas to Europe have embarked on the highly emotional experience having traced their ancestral roots through DNA examination. Although the DNA examinations provide clarity to ancestral roots, there is a perplexing question that is left unanswered, especially for the descendants of the Kingdom of Danxome: and that is the question of why?
It is no secret that as brutal and inhumane as the slave trade was, history reveals that the people of Danxome became active participants in selling their enemies. It is one of the cultural atrocities that leave descendants yearning to understand, process, and reconcile the past to move forward.
In a ground-breaking effort, Founder of Roots To Glory Tours, Ada Anagho Brown, has called upon King Tofa IX of Porto Novo to facilitate “Truth and Reconciliation” talks across the country. Says Roots to Glory founder Ms. Ada Anagho Brown, “The Dahomey Kingdom was instrumental in facilitating the sale of millions of Africans from the shores of Ouidah.” She further states “400 years after the first African landed in English Speaking North America it is important that those whose ancestors were involved in the slave trade meet the next generation of Africa’s children in the Diaspora for reconciliation”.
King Tofa IX represents the voice of the ancestors and present-day community members realize the significance of this “great reconciliation”, as an essential step for Africa to once again claim its place and Glory in this world.