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Ron Claiborne Visits His Ashanti Heritage

Please go to the web site to see video of Ron Claiborne's trip to Ghana and other photo's.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1927650&page=1

Ron Claiborne holds a copy of the Accra Daily Mail. The exclusive front page story is actually a reprint of the article Ron wrote for ABCNEWS.com about learning that a DNA test linked him to the Ashanti. (Ron Claiborne)

Ron Claiborne Visits His Ashanti Heritage
He Learned of Ashanti Ancestors From DNA Test
By RON CLAIBORNE
May 6, 2006 - In a sense, my journey to Ghana began last fall, months before I actually traveled to the tiny West African nation. It began in my mind and heart when "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts disclosed the results of a DNA test tracing my maternal ancestry.

"Ashanti people in Ghana," Robin said. I was overwhelmed with emotion, only dimly aware that I was on live television. I felt exhilarated.

"I felt like a door that has been closed all my life has been open," I said, and as I said it I had that literal image in my mind: an enormous door creaking open slowly to reveal an ancestry that all my life had been unknown and, I thought, unknowable. I want to note here that the accuracy of this kind of DNA test, which can cost hundreds of dollars, has been challenged by some geneticists. They say that it is possible to generally locate where one's ancestors came from, but that databases are insufficiently large to give 100 percent pinpoint results of a specific tribe or people. Having reported on this subject, I was aware of the controversies behind the science. And yet none of that mattered to me at that moment. It was something, where before I'd had nothing.

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