First it was Oprah Winfrey’s wistful reach for the continent, now other prominent African Americans are finding their roots.
In 2005 Oprah Winfrey underwent DNA testing in an effort to determine the genetic make-up of her body’s cells. The popular American talk show host wanted to know where her ancestors, taken as slaves to the United States, had come from.
Since then thousands of other African Americans have followed suit, many of them household names in the US.
Comedian Chris Rock discovered that he was descended from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon. LeVar Burton, an actor who played the slave Kunta Kinte in the TV drama Roots, linked himself up genetically with the Hausa in Nigeria.
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