Gabrielle Union recalls life-changing water ritual in Ghana

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

WARNING: This article contains strong language

  • Gabrielle Union shared more details of her recent trip to Africa with her family.
  • The actor shared that she and Wade participated in a ritual during which they bathed in the Last Bath river, where slaves would bathe before being taken into slave ships.
  • They also received Ghanian names; "Sarfoa for me and Kwesi for D," she said.
  • Union and her family also travelled to Zanzibar, Namibia and South Africa earlier this month to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Gabrielle Union shared more details of her recent trip to Africa with her husband, Dwyane Wade and their daughter Kaavia James.

Union and her family travelled to Zanzibar, Ghana, Namibia and South Africa earlier this month to celebrate her 50th birthday.

READ MORE | VIP wine tasting, clubbing and more – Inside Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade's SA trip 

In an interview with iNews UK – while promoting the new Disney animation Strange World – Union spoke about a life-changing experience they had while visiting Ghana.

"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," Union says, referring to Last Bath, where slaves used to bathe before being taken into slave ships.

Before partaking in the ritual, Union and Wade were given Ghanian names: "Sarfoa for me and Kwesi for D".

"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," Union continues to explain their experience. 

"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."

After the experience, Union said she had never felt clearer about her life's purpose.

"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 fucking idea what's coming."

During their visit to South Africa, Wade got multiple new tattoos, including the SA flag, Union's initials and his Ghanian name.

READ MORE | Dwyane Wade gets the SA flag tattooed on his wrist in Cape Town

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.