The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation has assured that Nigeria would soon experience unprecedented boom in tourists traffic from the United States of America following reports that more than 70 per cent of African Americans have found that Nigeria is their root.
According to a press statement issued by the corporation in Abuja, “An official of African Channel – an intercontinental TV station, Mr Mark Walton made this revelation in Los Angeles during a chat with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) delegation led by Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, on a tourism explorative road show to US”.
Waltson, the statement adds said that the new brainwave in Europe and America which prompted many into finding and knowing their behavioral pattern by embarking on DNA test has exposed that majority of the African Americans are indigenes of no other place than Nigeria.
“He exposed that many African Americans who have gone for the DNA were not only shocked to find out that their tests synchronised well with the Nigerian gene but happy that they have their root in the most populated Black country with huge resources waiting to be tapped, and added that DNA testing has been generating new wave of awareness across the United States, just as “a Senator had already found out and traced his root to Nigeria.”
According to Walton, following this discovery by the Senator, several congressmen and prominent individuals have undergone the test and most have traced their root to Nigeria.
While commending Otunba Runsewe for coming into America at such point in time when things were working in favour of Africa and Nigeria in particular, Watson said this was the first time the Nigeria’s government would be approaching the issue of its image and understanding of fundamental issues using the right people and channel.
“He remarked that with this interaction and creating of awareness, his medium has been given deeper insight into the true story of Nigeria .
“Reinforcing Walton’s assertion about the import of DNA testing Mr Jim Holden, President African Travel Association (ATA),said that request for information on Nigeria by African Americans has been on the increase since the DNA issue came up.
Mr Stephen Richer of National Travel Association, the umbrella body for travel trade in the US, also confessed that demand for tour package to Africa especially Nigeria has leaped significantly following the DNA testing fever in America.
Mr Richer who commended Otunba Runsewe for the Road show urged Nigerian government to gird its lion , beef up infrastructure and set in motion favorable policy that will endear and attract the home sick African-Americans who will soon be scrambling to Nigeria.