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American Celebrities Who Traced Their African Roots

/ December 3, 2014

People with ancestors from all over the world live in the great nation, United States of America. Some of the Americans seek to trace their roots. For some it’s a fulfilling endeavor. Technological advancements have made it possible to achieve this endeavor successfully.

Several African American celebrities have successfully found their African roots thanks to DNA databases offer by some companies which include AncestryDNA  and African Ancestry.

Chris Rock (Cameroon)

One of the most successful comedians, Chris Rock was moved with tears when he learned about one of his ancestors, who fought for the freedom of other slaves, and became a state legislator at the age of 24. Chris Rock also found that he was descended from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon.

Chris Rock

Oprah Winfrey (Liberia, Cameroon, Zambia)

Oprah Winfrey is an immensely popular name in the world. When she took a DNA test for the PBS show African American Lives in 2005, it revealed she was a descendent of the Kpelle people of Liberia, Bamileke people in Cameroon and a Bantu-speaking tribe in Zambia.

Oprah-Winfrey

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