My Take On

What we are made up of is very important.  I will  admit I get a little "language envy" when I hear my peers speak and their native tongue and I have no clue what language my ancestors spoke.  Naturally, I know I am of African descent.   However, I want to pinpoint my language, what country I am originally from and what are the cultural events that "we" celebrate.

There have been hundreds of times that people have told me I look Jamaican.  Even before I got dredlocks.  A matter of  fact even Jamaicans assume I am Jamaican. But, despite having a lot of Jamaican friends none of them look alike to me or have a certain ethnic look.  Jamaicans came from Africa just like the rest of us so I don't personally see a distinguishing phenotype that sets us apart.

So I decided to convince my husband that we needed   to get a ancestry kit.  He wasn't as excited about it as I was , but he did it anyway.   He states he knows where his culture comes from, he is "A New Orleans Creole" and he is mixed with everything.  Well that is a great thing for him to know,  but that doesn't help me much.

I assumed before I took the test that I   am at least 95 percent African.  My physical features are totally African in my opinion. I have very coarse hair, very dark skin, extra exaggerated lips and a thick bell pepper nose. I guessed I was 5 percent Native American because honestly I just want claim to part of America as twisted as that sounds.

So when my test arrived. I followed the instructions. Spit in the vile, mix it with the solution and mailed it off. They said it takes six to eight weeks for the results but I swear it was so much longer. A matter of fact my husbands result came back before mine and I was jealous as heck.  But, I must say that he did predict his results well.  He almost covered the whole map with the amount of countries that his DNA came from.

A week later when my results arrived I was super happy. I finally knew what countries my ancestors came from.  Well I am 89 percent African and 10 percent European. My guess wasn't even close. What I am grateful for is knowing exactly what countries my ancestors came from and there are quite a few.  I am made up mostly of Cameroon/Congo and Ivory Coast/Ghana.

Now naturally their was a shocker.  Although most of west Africa was highlighted to show my original regions there was a  highlighted island as well. I knew instantly that it was not  Jamaica but what could it be?  None other than Ireland, I would have never guess. How the heck did I get Irish genes.  It could be from a relationship or it could be from someone tip toeing through the tulips during slavery.  There is also is also 1 percent Scandinavian genes, I know absolutely nothing about Scandinavia.

So anyway I am totally happy with my new found knowledge and have been embracing everything, I am.  I have subscribed to a bunch of YouTube channels with food from Ghana and The Congo. I am going to  research to learn even more. Check the video below where I attempting to  cook Ghana Okro Soup and Plantain .   Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit me up on Snapchat at Rzashida.  If you would like a ancestry kit click here it is currently priced at $89.00.

Share on Google Plus

About Brandy Alford

This is a short description in the author block about the author. You edit it by entering text in the "Biographical Info" field in the user admin panel.
    Blogger Comment
    Facebook Comment


  1. My aunt has used them before I believe. It is pretty cool to find out more about our roots.

  2. I've been wanting to learn about my ancestry for a while now. I'm glad you were able to learn more about your roots. So cool!