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American Celebrities Who Traced Their African Roots

/ December 3, 2014

LeVar Burton (Nigeria)

German-born American actor, director, producer, presenter and author discovered that he is genetically linked with the Hausa people in Nigeria. LeVar Burton is best known for his role as the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC Television mini series Roots.

LeVar Burton

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Don Cheadle (Cameroon)

Actor Don Cheadle shares paternal genetic ancestry with people of the of the Ewondo ethnic group of Cameroon and shares maternal genetic ancestry with the Bamileke, Masa and Tikar people of Cameroon.

Don Cheadle

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