Sierra Leone to grant citizenship to people with ancestral links
London, May 29, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Sierra Leone is offering citizenship to people who find out they have ancestral links with the country.
The government has partnered with genealogy service AfricanAncestry.com to help those keen on relocating to the west African nation.
Dr Gina Paige, co-founder of the service, told the BBC’s Newsday programme that the service doe not rely on percentages.
The lineage is traced using a part of the DNA that is passed on by mothers through their entire ancestry called Mitochondrial DNA.
The service has a database of African Mitochondrial DNA codes that it uses to find an exact match hence determining one’s maternal linage.
“We just compare the part of your DNA that does not change over the years with the codes of people across the continent to find matches,” Dr Paige says.
Sierra Leone’s government is keen on investing in and attracting human capital to help grow the economy.