- A renowned cleric in the United States identified as Thomas D Jakes has traced his roots to Nigeria and discovered that his ancestors were Igbos
- Jakes, who made the disclosure during an interview, says he is hardworking just like the Igbo people
- The cleric says the Igbo people have strong business acumen and that he deeply relates to that
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Thomas D. Jakes, the bishop of Potter’s House, a church in the United States, has said he traced his roots to Nigeria and discovered that his ancestors were Igbos.
The renowned man of God made the disclosure during an interview with BBC Igbo, where he said he has the major attribute of the Igbo tribe, which is hardworking.
Jakes said he eats fufu and jollof rice whenever he comes to Nigeria, adding that Nigerian cuisines make his head sweat.
He said it is interesting to see how his personality is similar to how Igbo people are described.
“It gave me an understanding of my roots. It was interesting to see how similar my personality is to how Igbo people are described. They’re described as hardworking, industrious and innovative.
“They have strong business acumen. I deeply relate to that. It explained me to me. It’s odd that I was never born there, yet, see so many traces. I’ve always had a strong business acumen."
He noted that Nigerian food is always hot and spicy and he likes it.
In other news, in recent times, American celebrities and people of great influence have had to trace their roots to Africa in the bid to ascertain their true identities.
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With the advancement in technology, DNA testing has greatly improved to make such people know exactly where their ancestors originated from.
Legit.ng compiled a list of seven American celebrities and big personalities who traced their African ancestries.
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