6 Black Celebrities You Never Knew Were From Africa


Many people do not still believe that most Black Americans are descendants of the slaves that were transported to Europe and US during the slave trade.

Surprisingly, these 6 Black influential personalities have traced their ancestry to Africa leveraging on the power of DNA tests and forensic investigators.

Here are six American Celebrities who traced their African ancestries.

  1. Bishop TD Jakes (Nigeria)
TD Jakes

The famous bishop traced his root to Nigeria. He is a descendent of the Igbo people of the Eastern part of Nigeria.

2. Idris Elba (Ghana, Sierra Leone)

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Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE better known as Idris Elba, was an English actor perhaps popularly known for his role in TV series, The Wire and Luther. Idris Elba’s father was from Sierra Leone and his mother, Ghana.

3. Whoopi Goldberg (Guinea-Bissau)

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Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known as Whoopi Goldberg has her ancestors originating from Papel and Bayote people of Guinea-Bissau.

4. Oprah Winfrey (Liberia, Cameroon, Zambia)

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Oprah Winfrey is linked to the Kpelle people of Liberia, Bamileke people of Cameroon and Bantu people in Zambia.

5. Anthony Anderson (Cameroon)

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Top American comedian, Anthony Anderson has revealed that his root is from the Bubu people of Biako island, Tikar, the Hausa and Fulani people of Cameroon.

6. LeVar Burton (Nigeria)

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The American actor traced his root to the Hausa people of Nigeria.

Source: Ghgossip.com

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