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American Celebrities Who Traced Their African Roots

/ December 3, 2014

Chris Tucker (Cameroon, Angola)

Actor and comedian Chris Tucker found that his mother’s lineage goes back to Cameroon and his father’s to northern Angola. He traveled to Angola and Cameroon after this discovery. Chris Tucker is best known for playing the role of Smokey in Friday and Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. He was the highest paid actor in Hollywood in 2007, when he negotiated $25 million salary to appear in Rush Hour 3.

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Bishop T. D. Jakes (Nigeria)

Bishop T. D. Jakes’ family tree leads to the south. His mother was from Alabama and father was from Mississippi. Each family had lived in its respective state since the end of the Civil War. He is a descendant of Igbo people in Nigeria. Bishop T. D. Jakes is a Bishop of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American mega-church with over 30,000 members. His church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter’s Touch.


Andrew Young (Sierra Leone)

American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia traced his lineage to the Mende people of Sierra Leone. This civil rights leader is also believed to be a distant relative of one of the leaders of the 1839 Amistad slave ship mutiny.


These African Americans have achieved great heights in their career and life.