Mending Lost Roots Reflection–Okonkwo J215

The topic of finding lost roots has always hit close to home with me because I am the product of an African-American mother and a Nigerian father.

It has always been a deep curiosity to know my roots on my mother’s side. I feel an air of empathy for Blacks in American who have both parents that are African-American because they have no immediate linkage to their roots such as family that they can visit or call.

Making family tangible is HUGE. LaKisha Davis’ project does just that. It was really amazing to see reconnected siblings in the the flesh and actually having a relationship with one another. The most inspiring part for me was the fact that you couldn’t even tell that 400 plus years of slavery had separated them before.

When you really look at things you realize that four generations is a fairly short period of time in which Europeans did a massive amount of damage with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

I took the DNA test and in a month I will finally know what my origins are on my mother’s side and I will be able to share these results with my little brother who is 21-years-old. We share the same mother so this will be helpful for him as well.

It was empowering to document a project in which I could fully participate in and one that actually reflects my life and experiences.

The documentary definitely fell short because I was unable to document the entire process of self-discovery but as I told miss LaKisha, we will make this a several part series.

I hope that native born Africans will get on board as well. It was very interesting to hear native born Africans talk about the nervousness they experienced when waiting for their test results. The nationalism that had been imparted on them was very strong and they seemed unable to think of themselves as anything other than Ghanian, Senegalese, etc.

This mending of lost roots continues.


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