Contemporary African Ethnic Groups

This article provides a list of the ethnicities that today’s American descendants of African ancestry are genetically connected with.

Looking at my own DNA summary, this is what 70% of my genetics break down to:


According to my genetic breakdown, I have 32% Nigerian and 6% Benin/Togo and 2% Cameroon/Congo in my ancestry.

The article describing the ethnicities, originally posted by TheRoot.com, provides a list of ethnicities that I have been able to compare to my DNA break down.

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Comparing these ethnicities to my DNA break down, it appears that I have Ibibio and Yoruba ethnicities. If I did not have Benin/Togo or Cameroon/Congo in my DNA, I would have narrowed down my ethnicities to several of the ethnicities under the country of Nigeria. Because of the trace amounts of Benin/Togo and Cameroon/Congo, I can confidently narrow down my ethnicities to Ibibio and Yoruba. This finding is exciting!

To confirm the ethnicities, I will have to get further DNA testing done, as I plan to do through AfricanAncestry.com.

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