What kind of African are you?

One day about a month ago, I was running late ad hailed a cab to work. The African driver behind the wheel asked if I was from Ghana. I replied no, and he said I looked like I was from his country based on my facial features, and because I was “nice”.

Over the years I’ve been mistaken by Africans from several countries for looking like someone from their homeland. It’s one of the reasons, besides my own curiosity for ordering the ancestry DNA test which I talked about back a few months ago.

I ordered tests from Ancestry.com to trace both the maternal and paternal sides of the family. You give a saliva sample according to the instructions provided and return the test to them in the enclosed envelope. In about six weeks time they send you your results.

The results? With 99.7% accuracy, my maternal ancestry derives from the Yoruba and Hausa tribes in Nigeria. My father’s side is descended from the Unbuntu tribe in Angola, accuracy 100%.

As many African Americans are told, I expected to find ancestry somewhere in West Africa. Angola was a surprise though. While I was aware that colonization occurred there as well as all over the continent, I didn’t think I’d have any roots extending that far south. You could imagine how excited the family was to find out when I announced the results to them on Christmas.

I suppose maybe I should plan a visit one day.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christina
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 00:16:28

    I always wanted to try out the Ancestry DNA test. After reading your results, I might just actual do it.


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