DNA Testing Reveals Hollywood Icon Samuel L. Jackson’s Ancestral home is Gabon

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Samuel L. Jackson
‘Captain Marvel’ film premiere, Arrivals, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, USA – 04 Mar 2019

 

Samuel L. Jackson, a prominent African American actor and activist, has been on an instructive journey since discovering his origins originated from the Central African Republic nation of Gabon. Since discovering his roots, Jackson has been on a soul-searching journey. Following the finding, he visited with Gabon’s President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and his wife, Slyvia Bongo Ondimba. The producer has also been to visit the monarch of Benga, the tribe to which the DNA testing links him.

The American docu-series, which uses traditional genealogical research and genomics to track individuals’ ancestors, determined the actor belongs to the Gabonese Bantu tribe. Bantu languages are spoken by hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Guardian Nigeria, they live in sections of Central Africa, the African Great Lakes, and Southern Africa.

According to the actor, his discovery of his heritage has transformed his outlook on himself. Even after meeting the monarch of his tribe, as he remarked on his Instagram page, he seemed to have been spiritually tied to his own. It is one he describes as “an uplifting exercise” that has given him the unique opportunity to interact with the tribe from where his family came.

During his visit to Benga, he found it pleasant to be embraced by individuals who had antecedents and were likely to be his kin. When he went to his ancestral home, the Hollywood legend stated he felt like a lost son had returned home after initiation ceremonies were done for him.

When Trevor Noah asked Jackson about his experience on The Daily Show, he remarked that having grown up on a different continent and reaching to the top shows that no matter where one finds oneself, they can attain their greatest potential. The cultural identity he was exposed to gave him a renewed feeling of purpose.

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most successful box office performers of all time, earning nearly $6.9 billion in total US box office revenue, an average of $87.5 million per picture. He is most recognized for his roles in Django Unchained (2012), A Time To Kill (1996), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Hateful Eight (2015), and Unbreakable (2000).

He is using his own experience to inspire people all over the world to understand more about the history of the transatlantic slave trade. To help him archive slave ships that were sunk during the slave trade, Jackson has recruited the expertise of divers from “Diving With a Purpose,” a group of African-American divers and historians who hunt for wrecks related to the slave traffic.

According to CBC News, the team has done some work in the Florida Keys and is anticipated to provide history buffs and other African Americans a sneak glimpse into Africa’s cultural past.

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