African-American celebrity Tyrese Gibson revealed the results of his DNA test on Instagram on 21 March. The results confirm the 42-year-old singer and actor’s African-American origins. « I am truly African-American, » he posted as a caption to a post made on the occasion.
Tyrese Gibson, 82% African!
This is what the results of the DNA test that the African-American star, Tyrese Gibson, revealed on his Instagram account a few days ago. Indeed, according to the conclusions of this analysis, 82% of the author of « Sweet Lady »‘s ancestors came from the African continent.
But far from being vague on this subject, the results provide information on the countries of origin, in Africa, of the star. Indeed, they indicate that 22% of her ancestors were from Cameroon and Congo, while 18% shared the same genetic heritage as the Beninese and Togolese.
According to the same analysis, Tyrese had 17% Senegalese genes in him. He also inherited 13% of the genetic code of Nigerians. An affiliation of the singer to Ivorians and Ghanaians was also found. The latter would represent 6% of his total genetic heritage.
DNA testing: the new trend among black Americans!
Tyrese Gibson is not the only African-American celebrity to have requested a DNA test to confirm his African origins. Indeed, like many others before him, he did so in order to find answers to questions about the countries of origin of his ancestors, who were deported during the slave trade, but also to reconnect with the lands where they were born.
In recent years, African-American celebrities have indeed felt the need to return to their homelands in order to re-establish the contact with their ancestors that has been lost for centuries. It is for example in this context that the famous Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson had moved to Gabon, in July 2019.
During his stay, he met with several local authorities, including President Ali Bongo and the king of the Benga, the tribe from which he originates. « I was very well received and I even felt at home, » Samuel L. Jackson said at the end of his stay.