I Took a DNA test… And I am….

Old pirates, yes, they rob I

Sold I to the merchant ships

Minutes after they took I 

From the bottomless pit …

 

-Bob Marley “Redemption Song”

These songs lyrics came to my head after I read my results from Ancestry DNA.  So yes I got my DNA tested for my ancestral background. Now some may say why did you feel the need to get you DNA tested? Clearly your black , African American… clearly so why did you need to get you DNA checked?

Let me you tell you something personal. Since I was young I was always trying to find a place to belong. Now I got the love at home and I belong to my parents but I always had a feeling that something was missing. My mom use to instill in me to be proud of my heritage. My African roots…. however I had no connection to land that my ancestor came from.  She told me that my ancestor like so many others were capture/ taken and sold. Never to be seen again.  Taken and brought to America to be slaves for the next 400 yearst . The history book call it the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Can you even image being rip away from all that you know and love and to sold. Broken from your family , thought to be less then human.. the list goes on !  So yes, with all that being said I was in search for a connection to the land that my ancestor came from…. affectionally known as the “Motherland” to me! Africa !

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Okay… So again I got my DNA test through AncestryDNA.

All you have to do is order a DNA kit through Ancestry.com . Provide them spit sample lol…. proper term is salvia sample and send it back to Ancestry. They test your sample and 6-8 weeks you get your results ! Just that simple.

My results are broken down by regions and in a nutshell I am 82% West African, 11% Central & South African, 3% Southern European, and 1% Native American.  The results also stated that DNA origins are 2% Eastern Asian and less than 1% Middle Eastern hmmm very interesting. My ancestor wow they have a story and they are trying to get me to tell it.

AncestryDNA Results:

 

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Now my results open my perspective. I now have a connections to specific counties within African that I can research and learn about: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana , Senegal, and Mali. Hey, possibly make plans to visit those countries ! Yes your girl is so excited I now have a connection to Motherland that I can learn about.

Now my next journey is to complete the African Ancestry test. This test was cosign by Chadwick Boseman aka T’Challa aka Black Panther on The Breakfast Club. This test will dive in deeper when in comes down to your African ancestry.  It can identify African origins,  and ethnic groups. I really excited to see how much I am going to learn. Also to continue to complete my family tree.  So with all that being said I am proud of my African roots,my ancestry.  I am a walking African queen !

to be lost is to learn the way.

-African Proverb

 

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Alayna

 

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