I’ve managed several blogs. One of my hobbies is genealogy. I believe individuals should tell their own story that’s the reason why I write. I have been a writer since a child but began blogging in 2012, when my then newly discovered fourth cousin, Sandra Taliaferro encouraged me to. Under her guidance I really learned a lot and when she passed, she was sorely missed. We first met each other after performing a genealogy DNA test and discovered we were related. Genetic genealogy is one of the reasons for my move to Ghana.
In the United States, there are so many episodes of violence lately. We are truly a dysfunctional family unit. Many are episodes of African Americans killing each other in gang related incidents. Others are episodes of random mass shootings perpetrated primarily by white men, not to mention vigilante and police shooting of unarmed black men, a lot of these incidents are racially motivated. Our Nations current leadership lacks diplomacy which tends to incite more violence. Also I suffered the loss of many loved ones due to illness beginning in the year 2000. After my mom, brother, sister’s, cousin’s, a pet, Uncle’s, Aunt’s and my dad passed plus the rising amount of violence in the United States, I had mounting depression, and just wanted to retire somewhere where I could have some peace, somewhere, where I wouldn’t be judged by skin color. I thought of other places like Canada but it was always a lifelong dream to visit Africa because of my heritage.
I found peace in Ghana and also part of my story is here in Ghana which I hope to learn more about while here. Maternally, I am Tikar of Bankim, Cameroon descent with some Ghanaian too, but primarily a higher percentage of Nigerian on both maternal and paternal sides. According to 23 and me DNA at least eighteen percent of my genome is Ghanaian thirteen percent of which I get from my father and five percent from my mother, eleven percent Angolan, at one time AncestryDNA said twenty-nine percent Ghanaian and it hasn’t exactly changed just that the regions have been more concisely defined since Ghana has not always been geographically located in the area it is today. AncestryDNA assigns me thirty percent Cameroon and fourteen percent Mali as a region seems the Akan were once located in that region. African Ancestry DNA says at least one line, my direct paternal one, out of 1,024 lines in ten generations was of direct paternal descent to Akan people in Ghana. Genebase DNA says that my brother’s paternal DNA most closely resembles the Akan people of Kibi and Enchi Ghana. I have discovered four actual Ghanaian DNA cousins, two of which are related to my dad, and two who are related to my mom. I’ve also found several Nigerian cousins and Cameroon cousins, but to date Ghana has been the only place that has welcomed Africans of the diaspora home. I’m no Alex Haley but there is a story there somewhere and I hope to find it and write about it.