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Letitia Wright

by follers on January 14, 2018

Letitia Wright – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” World Premiere – Arrivals – Shrine Auditorium, 665 W Jefferson Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Letitia Michelle Wright

Place of Birth: Georgetown, Guyana

Date of Birth: 31 October, 1993

Ethnicity: Afro-Guyanese

Letitia Wright is a Guyanese-British actress. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and moved to London, England when she was seven.

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Gregory van der Wiel

by dlxzvs on January 8, 2018

Birth Name: Gregory Kurtley van der Wiel

Place of Birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date of Birth: 3 February, 1988

Ethnicity:
*Afro-Curaçaoan (father)
*Dutch (mother)

Gregory van der Wiel is a Dutch professional footballer. His father is from the Caribbean island of Curaçao. His mother is Dutch.

Photo by katatonia82/Bigstock.com

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

by Manila on January 5, 2018

Birth Name: Ellen Johnson

Place of Birth: Monrovia, Liberia

Date of Birth: 29 October, 1938

Ethnicity:
*Gola (father)
*German (maternal grandfather)
*Kru (maternal grandmother)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician. She has served as the 24th President of Liberia, since 16 January, 2006.

President Sirleaf’s father, Jahmale Carney (previousley spelled Karnley) Johnson, was born into a Gola family in an impoverished rural region in Julijuah, Bomi County. He was sent to Monrovia, where he changed his surname to Johnson due to his father’s loyalty to President Hilary R. W. Johnson. President Sirleaf’s mother, Martha Cecelia (Kreuger, later Dunbar), was also born into poverty, in Greenville, Sinoe County, and was of half German and half Kru descent. She was later adopted by Cecilia Dunbar, who was a member of a prominent Americo-Liberian family.

President Sirleaf has four sons with her former husband, James Sirleaf, whose niece is American comedian and actress Retta.

President Sirleaf’s paternal grandparents were Jahmale and Jenneh.

President Sirleaf’s maternal grandfather was named Heinz Kreuger. Heinz was a German trader, who had to flee the country after Liberia declared war on Germany during World War I.

President Sirleaf’s maternal grandmother was named Juah Sarwee. She was Kru.

Sources: Genealogy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – https://www.geni.com

Biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2017), by Helene Cooper

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Titiyo

by Manila on December 27, 2017

Birth Name: Titiyo Yambalu Felicia Jah

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Date of Birth: 23 July, 1967

Ethnicity:
*Sierra Leonean (father)
*Swedish (mother)

Titiyo is a Swedish singer and songwriter.

Titiyo’s father, Chernor Ahmadu Sahidu Jah, is a Sierra Leonean drummer. Titiyo’s mother, May Lilian “Maylen” (Johansson) Bergström, is Swedish.

Titiyo’s older half-sister is singer, songwriter, rapper, broadcaster, and DJ Neneh Cherry, and her niece is R&B singer Mabel.

Titiyo has a daughter with music producer Erik Magnus Frykberg.

Titiyo’s maternal grandfather was Elving Rune Osvald Johansson (the son of Julius Johansson and Augusta Severina Nöjd). Julius was the son of Johannes Jönsson and Johanna Andersdotter. Augusta was the daughter of an unknown father and Carolina Nöjd.

Titiyo’s maternal grandmother was Elin Matilda Karlsson (the daughter of Carl Julius Carlsson, later Karl Julius Karlsson, and of Johanna Thilda Johansdotter). Karl was the son of Karl Knutsson and Lovisa Söderberg. Titiyo’s great-grandmother Johanna was the daughter of Johan Petter Bengtsson and Anna Christina Petersdotter.

Titiyo’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandmother, Beata Pettersdotter.

Sources: https://www.aftonbladet.se

Birth records of Titiyo’s mother – https://search.ancestry.com
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Birth record of Titiyo’s maternal grandfather, https://search.ancestry.com

Birth record of Titiyo’s maternal great-grandfather, Julius Johansson – https://search.ancestry.com

Baptismal record of Titiyo’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Johannes Jönsson – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Titiyo’s maternal great-grandmother, Augusta Severina Nöjd – https://search.ancestry.com

Birth record of Titiyo’s maternal grandmother, Elin Matilda Karlsson – https://search.ancestry.com

Birth record of Titiyo’s maternal great-grandfather, Carl Julius Carlsson – https://search.ancestry.com

Baptismal record of Titiyo’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Lovisa Söderberg – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Titiyo’s maternal great-grandmother, Johanna Thilda Johansdotter – https://search.ancestry.com

Baptismal record of Titiyo’s maternal great-great-grandfatber, Johan Petter Bengtsson – https://www.familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Titiyo’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Anna Christina Petersdotter – https://www.familysearch.org

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Cyril Ramaphosa

by Manila on December 20, 2017

Birth Name: Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa

Place of Birth: Soweto (then-part of Johannesburg), Transvaal (now Gauteng), South Africa

Date of Birth: 17 November, 1952

Ethnicity: Venda

Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician, businessperson, activist, and trade union leader. He has served as Deputy President of South Africa, since 3 June 2014. He is also the President of the African National Congress, since 18 December 2017. He was previously the Secretary General of the African National Congress, from 1991 to 1997.

He is the son of Erdmuth and policeman Samuel Ramaphosa. He is married to Tshepo Motsepe, with whom he has four children.

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