2nd Igbo Reconnection Ritual and Naming Ceremony!! 17 Sep 2011, Igbo Village in Staunton, VA
Masquerades fielded by WAWA United Organization of Chicago, USA
The 2011 Reconnection Program Reconnecting Peoples of African Descent Long Separated by the Transatlantic Slavery For peoples of African descent in the Atlantic Diaspora long separated by the transatlantic slave trade, there will be a second annual Reconnection Program at the Igbo Farm Village in Staunton, VA. This year's program will begin with a visit to the former slave quarters in Monticello (Jefferson's Plantation) in the morning. This special event will take place on September 17th 2011. African-American Professor, Dr Vernon Grier (Chief Onwa) the Founder of The Cultural Education Institute for Innovative and Experimental Research is expected to attend. As an elder representing the descendants of the Igbo captives, he will be paired with an Igbo elder from Igboland. Together they will participate in a ceremony representing the reunification of Igbo brothers and sisters from both sides of the Atlantic. Joshua Ibn Ephrati the founder of Ephrati Enterprises which includes the Ephrati Trading Co and the African Cultural Organization Ephrati (Educating People on History, Race and African Tribal Identity) is also expected to attend.
There will also be a naming ceremony for all those who have recently identified their ethnicities through DNA. People from many African ethnic groups will have the opportunity to name those who identify with their nations. Some would be encouraged to celebrate their namesakes.
Itinerary For those coming to the second annual reconnection and naming ceremony event that will take place in the Igbo Farm Village at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia on September 17th 2011, here is a preliminary program: 8 a.m.
Registration at the Visitors Center:
Trip to Monticello (Jeffersonâ€™s Plantation) ~~ Group rate of $15 per person.
Lunch: Assorted types of authentic Igbo cuisine will be available for purchase from AGAMA KITCHEN â€“ Landover.
Special presentation and educational programs
Reconnection and naming ceremony
Dancing and merriments
Dr. Njoku needs to know by the 7th of September if you plan to take the special trip to Monticello so that he can finalize the reservation. We may be carpooling to Monticello if less than 20 people are going. Please note that the reconnection is for peoples of African descent in the Atlantic Diaspora long separated by the transatlantic slave trade. So share this information with as many people as possible.
Please complete the request form on this link to participate in the naming: http://fs2.formsite.com/Nzumafo/MyHomeMyHeritage/index.html
For additional Naming Ceremony information, please contact Naja Nzumafo Njoku at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions
LIST OF PEOPLE TO CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Akuma-Kalu J. Njoku (270) 320-3595 Eric Bryan (540) 332-7850 Naja Njoku (374) 489-7293 Nkiru Ugwuadu (301) 957-1958 Prince Kemka Onuma (301) 996-6932 Amir Ishaq Al-Sulaimani AKA Nwanne Di Namba Ndi Igbo on Facebook
JAK J. Akuma-Kalu Njoku, Ph.D. Associate Folklore Professor, Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd Phone (270) 745-5907
LIST OF HOTELS IN THE STAUNTON, VA AREA
Best Western Staunton (near 225 Hwy. exit, next to Mrs. Rowes and has indoor pool)" 540885-1111; $70 night plus taxes. Reserve by August 15 for best rate. Comfort Inn-Staunton (between Museum and Hwy Exit 225 -by Wafflehouse) PH: 540-886-5000 $70 night plus taxes, reserve early for best rates and availability.
Days Inn Staunton 273 D Bells Lane Staunton near Hwy Exit 225 540-248-0888 Days Inn Staunton (Hwy 81 exit 217, 10 miles south of Staunton 540-435-8111 Hampton Inn, Staunton (about 1 mile from Museum, near Staunton Mall Exit 221 Hwy 81 Exit 87 Hwy 64) 540-886-7000 Hampton Inn Fishersville (5 miles from Staunton ) 15 Four Square Lane, Fishersville Exit 91 Hwy 64 540-213-9500 Howard Johnsons ( 268 N. Central Ave. downtown Staunton ) 540-886-5330 Holiday Inn (At 225 Exit, Hwy 81 abt. 3 miles from Museum) 540-248-6020 Residence Inn by Marriott - Waynesboro (little suites with kitchen) September 17-19: To start, we will block 10 Studio King Suites at a rate of $94. Brooke Driver and Elana Snead Sales Managers Waynesboro Direct: 540. 943.7426 Microtel Inn (On Frontier Drive across from Museum) 540-887-0200 Econo-Lodge Staunton ( Richmond Rd. near Walmart, Âź mile fr. Museum) 540-885-5158 Red Roof Inn (near Mrs. Rowe's and Shoney's by 222 Hwy exit) 540-885-3117 Quality Inn 96 Baker Lane Staunton near Hwy 81 exit 225 540-248-5111 Sleep Inn Sleep Inn Staunton near 225 Exit Hwy 81 (540) 885-1112; $70 night plus taxes; Reserve by August 15 for best rate. Stonewall Jackson Hotel 24 South Market Street Staunton VA 24401 Sean Liccione, Reservations Manager 540-885-4848 Located at the crossroads of I-81 & I-64. Features indoor heated pool, fitness and business centers."
SEE YOU THERE!!