Whoopi Goldberg took a DNA test that suggested she has ancestors from the Papel tribe of Guinea-Bissau. This led the country to send Whoopi an invitation.
It begins, with some uncertainty on the star's name: "Your Excellency Hoppy Goldberg, it is with great euphoria that the government of Guinea-Bissau ... learned of your ancestral origins .... The news has awoken in each and every one of us a deep sense of fraternity .... We simply cannot remain indifferent to the news of your Guinean heritage."Said Minister of Tourism Francisco Conduto de Pina, "She will come. She's Guinean. She's our daughter. She's ours." A woman from Goldberg's ancestral homeland was less enthusiastic.
The two pages peppered with elaborate expressions of praise and respect end with a simple request: Please come visit our country.
"I have no idea who that is," said Tiro Ca, 50, carrying a baby on her back, who stopped to pore over a headshot of the actress brought to the village by the AP. [Link]