In the year 2018 of our Lord Beyoncé, I have dismissed any worries about the government having access to my DNA because …they probably already have it. Also, I am ready to visit my ancestral plane. I know my ancestors were stolen people brought to stolen land, but I wanted to know from which country (or countries) they were stolen.
I was hoping they would tell me I’m from Wakanda, but apparently, Wakanda is a fictional place. Le sigh. The good (and not at all surprising) news is that I definitely have African blood. I was, however, surprised by the amount of European heritage mixed in there. Also, I do not have any “Indian blood.” If you’re interested in knowing what makes me me, according to the current scientific techniques of Ancestry DNA, then keep reading!
Africa Takes the Biggest Slice … DUH!
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. Before my DNA results, 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. The demand for slave labor was that high!! Rounding out the highest percentage of my African-ness is Benin/Togo, which is 31%, so it looks like I am part of the real Dora Milaje! #WakandaForever
A Little Luck of the Irish!
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. During college, I spent a semester abroad and the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. Lots of people assumed I was a native Ghanaian.
Are You My Mother (Russia)?
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.
Have you discovered the ancestry of your DNA?