Today marks my first post on IG and also Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's 100th birthday. Imini emnandi kuwe Tata Rolihlahla!
A few weeks ago, I ordered a DNA test through @23andme
and recently I got my results. Lo and behold, I found out that thanks to my Jo'burg born Xhosa mum, I share the same maternal haplogroup as Tata Rolihlahla: L0. Enkosi Mama! This didn't surprise me, only because my mum had already told me that we come from the same clan (Madiba) as Tata Rolihlahla. This haplogroup can be traced to a woman roughly 140,000 years ago who lived either in eastern or southern Africa.
My specific maternal haplogroup, L0a2a2, began approximately 6,000 years or 240 generations ago. This haplogroup is actually fairly uncommon amongst 23andme customers. Of the 5 million or so customers, I am 1 out of 3,400 who have the L0a2a2 maternal haplogroup. So, I think it's safe to say, I'm a unicorn!
Who do you share a maternal haplogroup with? Were you surprised?
In my next few posts, I'll be sharing a bit about the significance that my username holds for me, as well as what doing this DNA test was like as a Black transman. •
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