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THE DISCOVERY THE DISCOVERY OF THE EGYPTIAN DUAT, TEMPLE OF THE SUN AND LOST CITY OF HELIOPOLIS IN WEST AFRICA By Professor Catherine Acholonu Director, Catherine Acholonu Research Center, Abuja, Enugu.; email: With contributions from Dr C.C. Opata Department of History, UNN; Sidney Louis Davis, CARC Fellow; Prof. Damian Opata, Department of English, UNN; Prof Sam Onuigbo, Director, Institute for African Studies, UNN. Introduction: In December, 2012, under the resourceful organization of the Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Enugu State, Barrister Joe Mmamel, a team of ten African American Tourists visited various parts of the Enugu State under the Ebo Landing Project. The project was designed by Professor Catherine Acholonu and Sidney Louis Davis of Catherine Acholonu Research Center, Abuja in partnership with NAGAS International Consortium Inc., USA and Ebo Landing Incorporated, USA. The 2012 Ebo Landing tourism trip was facilitated by the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke who personally wrote letters to four State governors in the Federation urging them to play host to the Tourists. Ebo Landing was born out of the growing need by DNA tested African Americans, 85% of which are of Igbo extraction, to return ‘home’ to Igbo land and support the course of development in the home country. The team visited various tourist sites in Enugu State including the Institute for African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), which led an excursion trip to the Prehistoric Iron smelting site in Lejja in Nsukka. The Lejja visit proved to be a most auspicious event, for it exposed the visitors to the world’s oldest iron smelting technology lying unknown and unsung in Enugu State, South-Eastern region of Nigeria. The Head of the UNN Institute of African Studies Professor S.M. Onuigbo informed the visitors that the Lejja prehistoric iron smelting site was recently dated 2,000 B.C. by the Oxford University laboratory in UK, and that this date confirms Lejja as the oldest iron smelting site in the world! The international visitors led by researchers Professor Catherine Acholonu and Sidney Louis Davis, initiators of the Ebo Landing project, therefore made a fervent plea to the Hon Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, that the government of Enugu 1


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