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Debbie (Republic of Congo) Took AncestryDNA Test to Inform Kin about Ethnicity

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LaKisha David | May 4, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Germainy Debbie Mokeleba of the Republic of Congo decided to take an AncestryDNA test in April to help identify possible kin in the diaspora. Debbie is a graduating undergraduate I met when I gave a presentation in her class in March, 2016. She was a student in the University of …
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Nigerian Man Connects with African American and Caribbean Cousins Through AncestryDNA

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LaKisha David | Jan. 22, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
“My maternal grandmother told me…that way back in time, we had family members who went to the stream to fetch water and never returned. This stuck in my psyche for all those years.” – Ade As a young boy of 6 or 7, Ade and his older brother normally visited …
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A Ghanaian-American Family Reunion

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LaKisha David | Jan. 11, 2016, 2:30 a.m.
You couldn't tell it from looking at the faces in this picture, but this moment captures the family embrace of descendants of common Ashanti ancestors separated through the Transatlantic Slave Trade. One is an African American descendant of those who endured American Slavery. The other three are Ghanaian descendants of …
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Dismantling White Supremacy through Finding African Relatives

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LaKisha David | May 18, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
Drawing from my interactions with Africans and people of African descent who are interacting with each other as family members, a friend’s Facebook post brought something to mind. To explain it, I need to highlight a certain aspect of the idea of white supremacy first. White supremacy is the idea …
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Visiting Ghana 2016: Slave Camps

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LaKisha David | Jan. 17, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
For 10 weeks in May to July 2016, my mother (Wylene Hameed) and I traveled to 5 of the 10 regions of Ghana. I explored the question of reuniting with descendants of family members who were taken away during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Conversations took place in Accra (Greater Accra …
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A Ghanaian Family Welcomes African American Relatives Home

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LaKisha David | Dec. 31, 2016, 8:01 p.m.
Great grandmother Nana Faba Idun (age 81) has lived in Elmina, a Ghanaian town of one of the infamous slave dungeons, all her life. Nana’s brother, Joseph “Kawantwi” Arthur, remembers the childhood stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Kawantwi spoke of having a great-grandfather who was taken away to work …
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Ghanaian Connects with Caribbean Distant Cousin

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LaKisha David | Jan. 6, 2016, 2:14 p.m.
Rhoda, a Ghanaian woman of the Fante ethnic group, recently conducted an autosomal DNA test through AncestryDNA. After receiving her results, she discovered that among those who previously tested with AncestryDNA, she is related to at least 20 people of African descent with a 100% to 95% chance of finding …
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