Last year I dismiss my worries about the government having access to my DNA (um…they probably already have it) because I wanted to learn more about my ancestry. I know they were stolen people brought to stolen land, but from which country (or countries)? By the time my results came back, I had already seen Black Panther 3 times, so you know I was hoping they would tell me I’m from Wakanda, but Wakanda is apparently a fictional place, le sigh. The good (and not at all surprising) news is that I definitely have African blood, but I was surprised by the amount of European heritage mixed in there. AND! One of the most surprising things is that I, in fact, DO NOT have any “Indian blood.” For the longest time, my family told me one of my great-great grandmothers was an indigenous person. Now, I know that’s definitely not true! So…if you’re interested in knowing what makes me me, according to the current scientific techniques of Ancestry DNA, then keep reading!
Sitting with the biggest slice of pie is a combo of Cameroon, Congo, and Southern Bantu Peoples with a whopping 38% of my DNA! What makes this such a surprise is that Congo is located in Central Africa, and I thought only the Western parts of Africa were involved in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Thanks to a quick Google search, I learned parts of Central Africa were also used to capture people because the demand for slave labor was that high. Rounding out the highest percentage of my African-ness coursing through my veins is Benin/Togo, which is 31%, so it looks like I’m part of the real Dora Milaje! Does that mean I actually am a member of the Wakandan Nation?! #WakandaForever
The next approximately one-third of my DNA is a mixture of African and European heritage! At 9% is the England, Wales, and Northwestern Europe trifecta. Next is Mali at 6%. Someone from the Motherland told me I looked like people from Mali, so it was cool to see that pop up in my results. Sitting with 3% each is Ireland/Scotland, France, Ivory Coast/Ghana, and Nigeria. I was hoping that Ghana would be a higher percentage because I studied abroad there during college, and lots of people assumed I was a native.
The remaining amount of DNA is mostly European with a small about of African heritage. At 1% each is Germanic Europe, Senegal, Portugal, and Eastern Europe/Russia. (WUT?!) As previously mentioned, there was no American indigenous heritage. The official percentage was less than 1%. My Native American ethnicity is basically non-existent. #Shook
So…have you discovered your ancestral DNA? Where are your peoples from? Are we distant second cousins twice removed? Let us know in the comments! |RL
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