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The Sankofa Project

Postby Admin on Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:44 pm

http://www.caagri.org/

The Sankofa Project

The Sankofa Project was officially launched on October 30, 2009 at the Ghana Public Records And Archives Administration Department (PRAAD). Ghana's Ministry of Tourism official, Mr. Emmanuel V. Hagan, sanctioned the project by noting that Ghanaians don't really understand the pain, hurt and even anger African Americans feel towards Africa because of the slave trade and that "even today, they still deal with the legacy. It is time to do what we can to welcome our brothers and sisters back home." Several hundred samples of DNA were collected from unrelated men belonging to the following tribes: Ewe, Ga, Fante, Asante and Nzema. These Ghanaian tribes were the most active in the selling and trading of Africans into slavery. In addition to CAAGRI's desire to build upon a comparative database of African DNA, we will also record the histories of these tribes: family by family. Our efforts will assist scientist and historians in peeling back multiple layers of ethnic identity for many years to come. The Sankofa Project is the only one if its kind in Africa and the United States. Our total effort, beginning with the massive collection of DNA samples, is unprecedented. With an office now located at Fort Frederichsburg in Prince's Town, Ghana, CAAGRI will continue to lead the way in Resurrecting History: One Life at a Time.

http://www.caagri.org/sankofaproject.php

THE SANKOFA PROJECT

It is the mission of CAAGRI to do everything possible to reunite families disconnected by slavery. Traditionally, this was exclusive of official records, chasing down family myths or interviewing relatives. Science and technology has advanced our genealogy research by leaps and bounds to make it much easier to identify our relatives with a simple swabbing of the cheek.

While many African Americans are still discovering distant relatives right here in the United States, there are still those who want to know where their ancestors came from. The challenge has been and continues to be a lack of good sampling from African people in those countries that were colonized.

From the 15th through the 18th century, western and numberscentral African nations had transported at least 10 million Africans to other continents. This is a commonly accepted conservative number and some historians would argue that the number is probably much larger. Without the use of DNA, the likelihood of finding your distant relatives would be that much more difficult. Our objective is to take the traditional sources and methods of gathering genealogy data and combine it with the advances of science by collecting DNA samples.

Prior to the Sankofa Project, the interest in obtaining samples from African tribes was there but no real effort had been made to go and collect them in large quantities. As such, meaningful, comparative databases for Africans simply remained on the "wish list." It may take several years and thousands upon thousands of samples before families are finally matched by DNA but it is a necessary first step if we are to ever answer that nagging compound question of: "Who am I and Where did I come from? There are no guarantees that every family will be reunited but one thing is certain: we are one step closer today than we were years ago.

Ghana was first on the list but there are other Sub-Saharan tribes that played a critical role in the success of the Middle Passage. Be patient, we will get to them too. When we do, will you be ready? Order your DNA kit today!

http://www.familytreedna.com/cj.aspx?ftdna_ref=294
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Re: The Sankofa Project

Postby Admin on Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:21 pm

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CAAGRI launches Sankofa Project at Ghana's National Archives and collects DNA samples

Ghanaians from five tribes in Ghana submit DNA samples in hopes of finding ancestoral clues and ties to their African American cousins.

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PR Log (Press Release) – Nov 13, 2009 – The Sankofa Project™ was launched at the Public Records and Archives Administration in Ghana on October 30, 2009. Several hundred Ghanaians from the Ewe, Ga, Fante, Nzema and Asante tribes participated in the genealogy and DNA workshop in hopes to discover their distant relatives in the Diaspora. CAAGRI Communications Director, Greg Russell noted that the organization’s efforts are unique and the first of its kind. “We are a non-profit organization that is committed to restoring the legacies of our African ancestors and this is our effort towards that end. This kind of outreach has never been done before and we are just very humbled to be able to make a contribution to history.”

In addition to the possibilities of reconnecting families, the project will also help researchers better understand human migration patterns which in turn will verify true tribal origins. CAAGRI’s founder and CEO, Paula D. Royster said “there are no guarantees that any DNA matches will occur“. However, Royster continued, “this is a first step in a long process to identify geographic regions, tribal affiliations and then true genetic matches.”

Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism Director of Research, Statistics and Information, Emmanuel Victor Hagan, hailed the project as an opportunity for learning and healing the African family. Speaking at the workshop, Hagan passionately declared: “We don’t really understand the hurt and pain our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora feel. The slave trade was very, very bad and our brothers and sisters still ache and long for a connection to us. This project may help them to come back home“

Office space has been provided to CAAGRI at Ft. Frederichsburg in Prince’s Town, Ghana where ongoing DNA and genealogy research will continue.

Collaborators on the Sankofa Project include: FamilyTree DNA, PRAAD, Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism and the people of Prince’s Town, Ghana.

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The Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides free genealogical data to the community.
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FREE DNA testing in Ghana

Postby Admin on Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:50 pm

http://mobile.ghanaweb.com/wap/comment.article.php?ID=170641

FREE DNA testing in Ghana

Author: Naana Asafo

Date: 10-21 21:00

Center takes genealogy and DNA research to Ghana

Paves way for reuniting African families torn by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Monday, October 19, 2009 – The Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc. (CAAGRI) has announced that it will launch The Sankofa Project™ in Ghana on October 30, 2009. The Sankofa Project™ focuses on genealogy research and the collection of DNA samples from tribes that were known to have participated in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. These tribes include: Ga, Fante, Asanti, Nzema and Ewe. A pilot program was launched in 2007 when the group visited their sister city in Prince’s Town, Ghana. The result of the program led to the reuniting of the King of Nzema’s, Nana Kundumuah IV with his distant cousin, Howard L. Robertson of Memphis, Tennessee. An atonement and reconciliation ceremony reuniting the two men who shared a common female ancestor was held on November 18, 2008 in Virginia.

Communications Director, Greg Russell noted that CAAGRI’s efforts are unique and the first of its kind. “We are a non-profit organization that is committed to helping to restore the legacies of our African ancestors and this is our effort towards that end.” “Ghana,” Russell continued, “is our first stop. Our relationship with Prince’s Town and the former US Ambassador, Pamela Bridgewater, is why we are launching the program there.”

CAAGRI’s founder and CEO, Paula Royster, will lead a free genealogy and DNA workshop hosted by the Ghana Public Records and Archives Administration (PRAAD) on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:00 am. Royster said, “We have been working on the ground to inform the tribes of our intent and I have sent letters of invitation to the Ministries of Tourism and Chieftaincy and Culture to join us. We’ve received positive feedback from those tribal leaders we have contacted,” Royster added, “Our success will have a direct impact on the tourism revenue of Ghana as well as individual families; indeed all of Africa”

DNA samples are non-invasive cheek swabs that are taken from the participant’s mouth. Tribes will be notified one day in advance as to when the group will arrive in their areas for free testing. Results will be emailed to the participants in 4-6 weeks. Russell said that the kits normally cost $150 but they were being donated to help build the existing databases in order to speed the process for Africans who could not afford to pay for the testing themselves.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of the tribes listed in this announcement are encouraged to attend. The criteria for selecting participants are: 1. Blood relations to one of the tribes listed in this announcement, 2. Have a strong knowledge of the family lineage and 3. Access to email for results and other communiqués regarding the results.

The Sankofa Project™ will expand its scope to other countries in Sub-Saharan African in 2010. Those countries include: Ethiopia, Angola, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Senegambia.

For more information about CAAGRI, please visit the website: http://www.caagri.org

For more information about PRAAD, please visit the website: http://www.praad.gov.gh
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Re: The Sankofa Project

Postby jackjacki on Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:58 am

*-*-*-* From the 15th through the 18th century, western and numberscentral African nations had transported at least 10 million Africans to other continents. *-*-*-*
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Re: The Sankofa Project

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