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Monday, September 04, 2006

How do you feel Songhay, Fulani, Akan?

Toomer DNA Results Revealed

Now that you know, how do you feel? How do you feel to know that your DNA matches that of a present day Songhay in Niger, a Fulani in Niger, and an Akan in Ghana?

Leave a comment and let us know How you feel.

Below is my response to the African Ancestry DNA forum topic, “How do you feel now that you know?”

  • sjordon Posted December 27, 2005 12:05 PM
    We are doing tests as a family. This will be the 2006 reunion surprise. I just happened to check my mail on Christmas day, on my way out to deliver my home baked cookies and brownies. My mailbox was packed. A big thick white envelope was the culprit. When I saw that the return address was from African Ancestry I think that my heart skipped a beat. Then I did the African jump back to my car and called my cousin immediately. Then I cut the cookie drop off from 10 stops to 1stop.

    When we read the results we were just numb. Not really knowing what to do. Frantically we searched the internet looking for information. Soon I left and went to my own home to search the internet. I was awake until 1030am the next day. (One of the searches was on TripAdvisor, to learn the cost and flight patterns.)

    Using Dee Palmer Woodtor's title, it felt like "Finding A Place Called Home" Now, the history of the land now known as Niger is not just African history, it is my history.

    Then I felt pain and sadness as I eyed the African continent, from Niger to the west coast. My eyes well up now just thinking about it. This distance, in itself, is very far. Very far from home. How many family members were lost during this journey. Then the ocean and the darkness.

    Soon my spirit lifted and I thanked my ancestors for surviving the journey. I thanked them for their strength.

    I believe this test will probably do more for African/ African American relations than other efforts specifically design to promote Pan Africanism. Also, knowing of our Muslim past may foster tolerance amongst our strongly Pentecostal and Baptist family members.
    Posts: 9 Location: New Jersey Registered: December 25, 2005

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  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger BBarnz said…

    i must confess at the beginning of the buzz about our DNA research i wasn't too excited. but that all changed when i found out who my ancesters were. the feeling i got was like i recieved a new identity. the knowledge of where i come from not only gives me what feels like a new identity, but also fortifies the identity that i have known all my life with a foundation rich in history and culture. i just want to thank you - Floyd and Shamele and the whole reunion committee for all your work this year and the years before. it's a great feeling to be a part of something so grand!
    God Bless!
    Brett (pooka) Barnes
    p.s. Romie Rome say's "Hi Y'all"

  • At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Brett I agree with you. I wasn't to excited when I first heard about the DNA test. NOW I am trying to process this new knowledge.

    Floyd and Shamele, I want to thank you for all of your hard work. I also want to thank the Toomer Family Reunion committee for another JOB WELL DONE !!!! We had a beautiful sunny day and people were mingling with family members they did not know and I won't mention the great time some of had saturday evening at the home of Loretta and Mike. Thank you both for being the perfect host and hostes.

    And yes, I do have my passport.

    Peace and Blessings
    Catherine Toomer-Williams

  • At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Rileyride said…

    Since the DNA announcement at the reunion, I have taken a new look at Africa. I now know that the area of Niger is where my people came from. It makes me wonder about my African roots and who was the first family member(s) that were forced to leave the land. I believe that it's good to know where we started and now we can share this with our children.

    I've always felt proud to be a member of the Toomer family. Now, thanks to the hard work of Floyd, Shamele, and the rest of the family reunion committee, we have an opportunity learn even more about our history. Before, I was happy to share with co-workers, church family, friends, and neighbors that we were able to trace our family history back to slavery. Now I can tell them that we've traced our DNA back to the Songhay, Fulani, and Akan people of Niger in Africa. Not many people can say that.

    Once again, great job by the committee and it was good to see all of you.

    Love Ya! See Ya!
    "Only What You Do For Christ Will Last"........

    Oh, by the way, I thought it would be Zulu or Huanta, not Fulani. And I don't have my passport.


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