Our A00 Cameroon Research Project is meant to discover the distribution of A00 and its diversity.  Matthew Fomine Forka, a doctoral candidate at the U. of Yaounde 1, is traveling to a number of regions of Cameroon to gather DNA samples from a variety of ethnic groups. On his first field trip, to Mbo and Bangwa (Nweh) villages, he collected 204 samples. Astrid and Thomas Krahn's YSEQ lab has found that a total of 35 of them belong to A00!  That means that of the 177 samples that have clear results, 19.77% are A00. 

Matthew has just returned from his second field trip, sampling the Bamileke people, as well as some different Bangwa villages, to the north and south of their central Fontem area.  This will give us evidence to see whether the A00 found among the Bangwa was shared with the Bamileke, and brought with the Bangwa founders to Lebialem, or was only present among  the indigenous people, who in Bangwa legends are known as the Beketche, who were living in the hills of Lebialem when the Bangwa founders arrived.

We hope to discover greater diversity in the A00 from other parts of Cameroon. Our most ambitious trips are still to come. One will visit
villages of  the Banyangi and Ejagham peoples, in the western regions toward the Cross River Valley, closer to Nigeria. In the other trip, Matthew will seek out the communities of the Baka, Bakola (Gyele) and Bedzan forest peoples in the South and East of Cameroon.  

In order to fulfill these dreams, we'll be needing your ongoing support. A new fundraiser will soon be launched, but until then, we will gratefully accept your contributions at the Ancient Roots Research PayPal page:

  • Tree Diagram of Perry sample in relation to African A00 Samples tested by FTDNA and SMGF
    This Neighbor-Joining Tree was made with the SplitsTree4 program, using 38 markers that all haplotypes had in common. Other haplogroups were used as outgroups (not shown). Njungo and Fontem are the names of communities in the Southwest Region of Cameroon where these samples were collected. Two samples collected in Mamfe and Mbetta are noted in parentheses. Some slightly different tree outcomes grouped Perry with the Tabi and Techoukwi samples.
The people of Fontem belong to the Bangwa ethnic group who speak Ngwe, and the people of Njungo and Mbetta speak the Nkongho language considered related to the Mbo language family; both use English as their main second language (thus being Anglophone Cameroonians). 
  • Simplified  Diagram of the A Phylogenetic Tree
    This shows all the new branches added to the human family tree by our research project which sequenced several different African-American members of the A Haplogroup Project.
  • Blog posts telling the story, with commentaries:

Bonnie Schrack | Ancient Roots Research | November 4 2015