Ancestry Follow-Up

Seeing how I’m going to be pretty focused on my first novel series The Chronicles of Neffie for the next couple of weeks, I wanted to do a quick follow-up on some questions posed to me. I’m trying to knock as many of these out before this coming Thursday.

Since receiving my ancestry estimate from MyHeritage, I have come to realize that for African Americans, tracing our roots can be complex. That is why I didn’t want to rely on one test. I wanted to see if two other reputable testing facilities came up with the same results. That way I can be sure for the most part that my ancestry is what it is.

So far, I am mostly Nigerian and I still have a good amount of West African, Central African and Kenyan ancestry! However, my overall African percentage has decreased due to an increased amount of Middle Eastern and Balkan ancestry. My Native American ancestry has also dwindled some because of an increase in my Middle Eastern and Balkan results.

I must say that I’m happy to find out more about my ancestry and the cultures intertwined within them. It’s amazing to know just where and who I came from. One thing is for sure, now I know where I get my love of drums from. Drums are a pivotal part of music in African, Native American, Middle Eastern and Balkan cultures. Go figure, huh? I got it honest you can say…

See pictures below from other regions that make up my African ancestry.

Happy writing, blogging and reading! To all you writers out there, write that story of yours! See you back here in another week!

What is MyHeritage? 

In a few days, I will have my MyHeritage ancestry results. I am so excited about finding out what my African ancestry is made up of. I am confident that I will be at least 80% or more and I believe my ancestry results will show a large percentage of Nigerian and / or Ghanaian ancestry.

I love knowing that my ancestry is rich in culture and I cannot wait to share it with you. I know that my African ancestry exists inside of me because my African ancestors were strong enough and determined enough to survive the horrible Era of slavery. I get emotional sometimes thinking about it.

BookingAnita is sooooo ready for her results. Are you? Stay tuned for my video upload next week. 

Until next time… 

Ancestry Countdown… 

I received an email notification last week that my DNA sample has been received and is being processed at the MyHeritage DNA lab. In about three more weeks, I’ll be able to see what my Sub-Saharan African ancestry consists of as well as the percentage. That works out perfectly because it’ll be received before my first novel series The Chronicles of Neffie is released in February. I just wish my father was still here to see my results….

I’ve decided to record my reaction to my ancestry results, but I won’t be on camera. You’ll be able to hear me as I play my DNA ancestry results video for the first time. I’ll try my best to control my reaction if my results are not what I wanted to see or hear. I won’t make any promises… I did say I would try.

Until next time… 

It’s Complicated 

Good Evening wonderful people! I sincerely hope that each of you are doing well. I’ve been tied up quite a bit with my first novel series The Chronicles of Neffie, but in between that time I’m still able to answer some of your questions.

When I posted about doing an ancestry test to find out what all my African ancestry consists of, a few of you had some questions about a statement I made. I had stated that I didn’t want to be 60% or less Sub-Saharan African because if it turns out that I am, I would be devastated. I want to be at least 80% or more. With me saying that, I was asked if I would be upset if I were to find that I have White ancestry. Good question. My answer to that is twofold.

Here’s the thing: White ancestry is going to be a given in most Black people living in America. For many such as myself, having that bit of ancestry is a little disturbing and heartbreaking. Why? Because as Black people, we know the sad circumstances into which it got there – – > slavery and rape. No need in me sugar coating it. It’s the truth. No need to lie. Some truths hurt…

As far as being upset by any White ancestry, I won’t be upset per se, but I will be a little annoyed by it. If you aren’t Black, then you won’t be able to relate to how I and the majority of Black people feel in regards to this. Even with me saying that, that doesn’t mean I hate Europeans / White people. If you are a good person regardless of your race and care for your fellow man, then you are good in my book. 

Until next time… 

I Just Might… 

So, I just received my MyHeritage kit in the mail yesterday and now I’m nervous. Let me first clarify something I had mentioned in a previous blog post. I had stated that I was “awaiting my results” but that statement was not correct. What I should have said was that I was awaiting for my test kit to arrive. Now, that statement sounds much better than the other. I don’t know what I was thinking…

Now that I have cleared that up, I’ve been thinking about video taping my results once they have been received since this was asked of me. I just might do it if I don’t talk myself out of it. I have to be straight up with you, if my results show that I’m 60% or less Sub-Saharan African, I will be devastated. No, I will be crushed! I want it to be AT LEAST 80% or more. Just being honest.

One thing I’m excited about is finding out what parts of Africa my ancestry is made up of. Ghana? Nigeria? Congo? Benin/Tongo? Ah,  the excitement is just too much. I would love to have my results before the release of The Chronicles of Neffie. Like seriously! Now don’t count me out, I might just record my reaction to my ancestry results. I just might…

Let there be excitement and no disappointment.

Until next time… 

Ancestry 

As I await the results of my ancestry test, I find myself wondering about my Sub-Saharan African percentage. I won’t lie to you, I want it to be alot, but DNA in itself can be very tricky. To ease my mind, I started goggling ancestry DNA results and stumbled across two videos that I will share here.

Most people, like myself at one point in time, believed that the darker the person the more “African” they are. That’s not entirely true. Charles Barkley and Snoop Dogg had a DNA test to see who is “Blacker” and the results were actually pretty close! I decided to order my ancestry kit from My Heritage and I will have my results in 6-8 weeks. After doing a little research, I decided to go with My Heritage since it was more detailed than 23andme. I was asked if I would do a reaction video of my results, but I’m not too sure about that.

So, who’s “Blacker” ? Snoop Dogg or Charles Barkley? See for yourself.

Click here for Charles Barkley. Results begin at the 1:55 mark…

Click here for Snoop Dogg.

Click here for Tamera Mowry’s emotional DNA reveal.

Until next time… 

The Breakdown 

Hello and how is everything going? I hope that things are going well with you and yours. The weekend is here! Ahhh Shucky Ducky now! I am still patiently awaiting my upcoming novel’s book cover so I can share it with everyone, but it is not quite ready yet. The wait is going to be worth it, I can feel it! In the meantime, I have been busy doing other things in regards to my book. I will get into all that in the next coming days after I reveal my book title and cover. 😉

Since my last post entitled Ashamed, I was asked what I think my ancestry breakdown will be. That is kind of hard to tell or guess-ti-mate, but I will give it a shot. Genetics are amazing and if you have ever taken an advanced Genetics course, you will agree. Our genes are complex, but they are uniquely awesome!

Here is what I think my breakdown will be….

If my results show that I’m less than 70%, 60% or even 50% Subharan African, I will be shocked and a little disappointed. I may even question the results of my test KMSL! I kid, I  kid. I know one thing, I cannot wait to see where my African ancestors came from! Are you ready to discover the real you too? 

Until next time…