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10 influential American celebrities who have traced their African roots

June 19, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Diaspora Connect

Zaina Adamu

Zaina Adamu

June 19, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Diaspora Connect

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Oprah Winfrey
Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey found out on a show called African American Lives that her ancestry traced back to three different countries: Liberia (the Kpelle people), Cameroon (the Bamileke) and Zambia (a Bantu-speaking tribe).

“I’ve got to say, when it happened to me, it was absolutely empowering to know the journey of my entire family,” Oprah said in a book written by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. called Finding Oprah’s Roots: Finding Yours.

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