Samuel Leroy Jackson has been in the Western central African nation of Gabon in the last week.
Jackson caused a sensation when he arrived in the Gabonese capital Libreville on 23rd July and has left Gabon with two special acquisitions under his belt, a Gabonese passport and appointment as Gabon’s special envoy for the environment.
The Hollywood star was in that country as part of his scheduled locations for filming of his documentary ‘Enslaved’, a six-part documentary series hosted by Samuel L. Jackson which highlights the Trans-atlantic slave trade.
The series will chart the horror of slavery through underwater archaeology. Created by doc outfit Associated, the series is being timed to coincide with the 400-year anniversary since the first African was taken to the New World as a slave.
He also recieved his Gabonese passport from Gabonese Foreign Minister Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze.
Jackson an enthusiast for tracing his African roots had a DNA test that in part proves his descent from the Benga tribe.
He is seen here with the Paramount chief (King) of the Benga tribe His Royal Highness Marcel Ta Nkombouet.
The Benga people also referred to as to as ‘Ndowe’ are a Bantu speaking people indigenousto Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
In Gabon, the Benga people have settled north of Libreville, mainly in Cap-Esterias and Cap Santa-Clara.
In Equatorial Guinea, the Benga have settled on the island of Corisco. Some speakers also live on the continental coast, near the mouth of the Rio Muni.
The Benga people have mainly settled along the coast and are one of the few Bantu people to have an established coastal tradition.
A visit by a famous son of the soil would not be complete without a courtesy call on the stroke recovering head of state Ali Bongo Ondimba.
Jackson and his entourage on Thursday, 25th July, 2019 had dinner at the private residence of the head of state in the district of La Sablière in Libreville.
He has since left and is now in Ghana.