One of the best computer wizards of world renown, the African American who developed the .com code for the Internet E-Mails, the Chairman and CEO of Defense Manufacturing, Dr. Emmitt McHenry, has finally reconnected with his Igbo ancestry.
The induction ceremony which took place at the Smithsonian Institute of African Museum in Washington DC, USA, was presided over by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, CFR.
The emotion laden ceremony also witnessed the induction of Gen. William E. (Kip) Ward, Rtd. General Ward was the first commander of the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany in 2007.
About 400 years ago, thousands of Blacks were shipped out of the continent through slavery. Over the years, the black population in the United States of America and the Caribbean have grown into millions. Interestingly, some of the African-Americans passed the information of their ethnic origin to their children before they passed on; and the strong message has transcended generations to the present day. For Dr. McHenry and his siblings, their father passed the message from the great-great-great-great grand-fathers, that they are Igbo. The Internet wizard has validated the epistle from the fore-fathers with a DNA test and his Igboness became most manifest and wholesome.
Chief Iwuanyanwu highlighted with joy that the Igbo ingenuity, audacity, resilience and the unique capacity to turn adversities into diverse opportunities have remained irrepressible. The Igbo Leader enthused that the exemplary adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit of the Igbo is making positive impacts in all parts of the globe.
Ahaejiagamba expressed immense delight that some of the African American descendants have traced their roots back to their Igbo lineage.
Iwuanyanwu commended the willingness of the inductees to key into the current visionary dynamic of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its effort to attain a glorious and enviable pedestal through transformative and innovative policies and programmes in Igbo land. Iwuanyanwu extolled the virtues and sterling records of accomplishments in the USA by the inductees and that they have done the Igbo proud.
The Igbo Leader used the occasion to appoint Dr. Emmit McHenry, General William Ward and Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze as members of the Presidential Advisory Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
Hundreds of the Igbo stock in the Diaspora have shown awesome and outstanding brilliance and performance in various areas of human endeavor. In the USA alone, scientists such as Prof. Bart Nnaji, expert in artificial intelligence, robotics, geometric logic and innovations; Professor Philip Emeagwali, the best in computer programming, he developed a computer that can perform measurements of 3.1 billion per second; Professor Charles Ifeanyi Umeh, the director of the laboratory for instructional mechatronics and advanced electronic packaging and laser processing applications; Dr. Aloysius Anaebonam, a renowned pharmacist; Emeka Nchekwube, neurological surgeon with four patents in the field of medicine; Cyprain Emeka Uzoh, patented for the development of electroplated interconnector structures on integrated circuit chips; T D Jakes, the famous American pastor, author, and filmmaker and the bishop of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American megachurch, with reportedly 30,000 members; among several others.
Both McHenry and Ward, dressed in the popular Igbo attire (Isiagu), could not withhold their joy for resolving an age-long conundrum as they received their certificates of Igbo ancestry from the Leader of Igbo nation.
The key note speaker, erudite Professor Kingsley Muoghalu used the occasion to urge the Igbo to look inwards for economic development. A member of the Smithsonian Board of Trustees Dr. Margaret presented good will message on behalf of the Smithsonian Institute.
The event, which featured masquerades and cultural dances was organized by the Coordinating Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the Diaspora Chief Sam Obaji. Several dignitaries such as Professor Chinwe Obaji, former Minister for Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria, among others witnessed the memorable event.