Gabrielle Union Feels 'Cleaner or Lighter' After Bathing in Slave River Site During Trip to Africa

The 'Bring It On' actress felt she was being 'fortified and forged in the fires of [her] ancestors' when undergoing Last Bath during a trip to Ghana with her family.

AceShowbiz - Gabrielle Union had the impression of being "fortified and forged in the fires of [her] ancestors" during a water ritual in Ghana. After travelling to Africa with her husband Dwyane Wade and their four-year-old daughter Kaavia to celebrate her 50th birthday last month, the "Bring It On" star shared how they underwent a spiritual experience at Last Bath, where slaves would have bathed before being taken to their ships.

"We had a chance to physically get into the river and say our prayers and call to our ancestors… a few years ago they had done a ceremony so that I could have my child, and they did a similar ceremony for my husband and I this time round...," she told the i newspaper.

"We were all separate from each other and in the distance I see D with his arms outstretched as one of the chiefs pours water on him… next thing I know he lets out a scream. Some people are crying, some are silently weeping, some are anguished. It's a boiling day, and as we walk out of the water, the skies open up and it's a torrential downpour out of the blue.

"I felt like I was being fortified and forged in the fires of my ancestors. I'd never been more clear. My soul has never felt cleaner or lighter. It's my superhero origin story. If you thought I was a troublemaker before, you have no f****** idea what's coming."

During the trip, Gabrielle and Dwyane - which included stops in South Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar - were given Ghanaian names and had traced their respective ancestry before embarking on the journey. The "Strange World" star laughed, "D is basically all Yoruba, all Nigerian, not even little pieces of anywhere else."

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