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Yorubas the largest contributors to the Slave Trade

“In all groups, the Yorubans from West Africa are the largest contributor, confirming this region as the major component of African slaves” 

There is an African proverb “when two brothers fight a stranger reaps the harvest’  The Kiriji Wars of the Yoruba were in a nutshell wars againsts invaders, which spiralled into wars  between brothers.  They are said to have lasted almost a whole century. The effects of those wars are not widely known or perhaps have never been quantified . But here is one glaring pointer .

The Daily Mail newspaper published this article about the genetic makeup of Americans  with the sub headline   ” The ancestors of Yoruba people provided the largest contribution of genes from Africa to modern Americans”

Such a weighty statement. But it is backed by science….The  study (Montinaro, F. et al. Unravelling the hidden ancestry of American admixed populations. Nat. Commun. 6:6596 doi: 10.1038/ncomms7596 (2015))  behind the article,   is quite definite in one of its conclusions  “In all groups, the Yorubans from West Africa are the largest contributor, confirming this region as the major component of African slaves

A close of up of one of  the chart  infographics illustrates further with  a bright pink line indicating the percentage of  Yoruba ancestry in African Americans and the people of Barbados.

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What else could account for the very high representation of Yoruba genes in the African American and Caribbean populations? Is it farfetched to lay some of the blame for supply of Yoruba ancestors to the Atlantic Slave Trade at the feet of our Yoruba nature to disagree constantly with each other? Up till today the Royal fathers squabble and the various subjects take sides.  Have we as descendants of Oduduwa learnt anything from history? Have  the 100 years of 18th and 19th century violence cured Yorubas of the desire for war dances?

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