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Re: Fulani Mitochondrial
In Response To: Fulani Mitochondrial ()

Well, cuz, I think that this may be another overlap that we share!

Last February when I got my results from African Ancestry, the result indicated that I have ancestry with the Yoruba of Nigeria and the Fulani of Niger. This was quite interesting, particularly because my husband is Yoruba from Nigeria.

We spoke at length with close friends and colleagues who have some in depth knowledge of the history of the region and it was noted that many of the Yorubas who live in Kwara state, (around Illorin) particularly have Fulani origins as well. This interesting mixture of the nomadic Fulani, into a more geographically static Yoruba community occurred, (they believe) during the last jihad that established the caliphate in northern Nigeria. This would have been during the late 1700s, and into the early 1800s---right around the time when the Atlantic Slave trade was at its peak. Also since I tested with Family Tree DNA and National Genographic project, I had learned of the L3 haplogroup desigation that I have.

This was perplexing to me, as I was confused as how the eastern African L3 ancestor had a result of being in West Africa----but both my husband and his 2 friends (both medical doctors from Nigeria, in fact)----they felt that it was easily explained-----the link was the Fulani.

I continue to be fascinated by the DNA results and as I read results of others I am delighted that we are blessed to know these few things. I would like to think that we may be distant cousins way back there, somewhere, with a Fulani ancestor crossing the desert. My Fulani/Yoruba ancestor would have been Amanda's ancestor.

How blessed we are to learn what we have learned.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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