I have often wondered which of my favourite African-American Actor or singer originated from Cameroon. You see as a young girl growing up in Yaounde, Cameroon, I always imagined R&B singer R. Kelly as my husband. That’s right, I planned our whole lives together down to our children’s’ names. Ah! My beautiful fantasy world.
As I grew up and fantasy faded and reality pushed harder and forced me to deal with it. I realized that my chances of being Mrs R. Kelly were… (I’ll leave you to complete that statement.) So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon African Ancestry and their role in helping African-Americans trace their genealogy (roots) back to the motherland. Secretly I still hope that my dream husband R. Kelly will turn out to be Cameroonian. I can hear you laughing…
Below are some African-American celebrities of Cameroonian ethnic Origin.
Actor Don Cheadle
Comedian and Actor Anthony Anderson was pretty excited to be part Cameroonian.
When asked where he thinks he’s ancestors come from, Anthony Anderson said this;
the Artist in me wants to say Cameroon because that’s where the Artists come from.”
Watch the video below for his reaction;
Oscar nominated actress Taraji ‘Penda’ Henson ethnic background also hails from Cameroon. Her middle name gave it away for me as it’s a name from the Littoral region of Cameroon. Watch the video below for her reaction;
Actress Vanessa Williams‘ reaction when she traced her roots to Cameroon touched me to the core as it seemed so genuine. So glad to have you sister. Watch her reaction below;
Tasha and Sidra Smith.
Identical twin actress, Tasha Smith’s ethnic background includes the Bubi people of Equatorial Guinea and the Tikar people of Cameroon. Note to Tasha: Time to claim your nationality from Equatorial Guinea. They are a very RICH nation now. Lol! But I think you’ll love Cameroon better.
Actor Chris Tucker’s ancestors also hail from the Bamileke people in Cameroon. I hope he inherited some of their business sense.
Conscientious rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. aka Common is the latest celebrity to trace his origins from Cameroon according to African Ancestry.
Ooh la la! By the way, Common has a daughter with a Nigerian woman called Ekaete. I guess this brother has been connected to his African roots for some time now.
R&B singer Raheem Devaughn has also traced his roots to the Tikar people in Cameroon and the Balanta people of Guinea Bissau.
Acclaimed movie director Spike Lee was one of the first celebrities to trace his African roots. His ancestors hail from Niger and Cameroon.
Grammy Award winner and acclaimed songstress Roberta Flack best known for her song ‘Killing Me Softly’ also hails from Cameroon. Wow!
Quincy Delight Jones Jr also traced his genealogy back to Cameroon.
Pentecostal pastor and author Bishop T.D. Jakes is also a brother. Who would have thought?
And of course Yaphet Kotto who is the great-grandson of King Alexander Bell of Douala.
Donnie Simpson – Cameroon
Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell – Cameroon
Frank Ski – Cameroon & Nigeria
Mark Thompson – Sierra Leone & Cameroon
Dr. John Hope Franklin – Cameroon
It’s great to know that we did not lose most of our ancestors to the bottom of the sea as they were carted away to work as subhumans in faraway lands.First of all, wow! That is a lot of talent from Cameroon. I guess there’s something in our DNA that just screams entertainment. Lol!
Let me make a suggestion here, basing it on the fact that these celebrities would be interested in adopting Cameroon. If I was Paul Biya, I will approve Dual Citizenship for Cameroonians. Some of these names could really benefit our economy in different ways or even inspire the younger Cameroonian generation in some way.
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?