With the advent of affordable DNA tests, Afro-descendants can pinpoint their origins. The author used her DNA test results as a blueprint for her pilgrimage to Africa. Follow her journey in discovering the land of The Ancestors while reconciling with the painful remnants of the past.
Washington, DC. -- Black history enthusiast Rachel Decoste has published an audio book detailing her epic odyssey to Africa. Like most descendants of enslaved Africans, Ms. Decoste could not pinpoint her origins until technology evolved. Guided by a DNA test, she visited 5 countries in as many months – each country held a piece of her ancestry. In her own voice, Ms. Decoste recounts her journey with vivid imagery and humor. Her pan-African trek is peppered with unexpected twists and delightful discoveries. “Year of Return: a Black Woman’s African Homecoming” audiobook is released online, just in time for Black History Month.
In "Year of Return: a Black Woman’s African Homecoming”, Ms. Décoste shares her impromptu encounters, her sense of wonder and keen observations with the audience. She offers insights that go beyond the tired tropes of the animal safari to focus on Africa’s most valuable yet underappreciated asset: its people.
The trip to Africa was also an opportunity to exorcize the demons of the peculiar institution that was the transatlantic slave trade. She ultimately comes out from the somber subject matter with a keen sense of pride and purpose. This book is a journey worth taking!