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Cameroon-Nweh/Bangwa People: Origin of modern humans?

Cameroon-Nweh/Bangwa, Mbo Yemba people: origin of modern humans?

A new study published in March 2013 in the American Journal of Human Genetics,has placed the  Bangwa ,

the Mbo and  the Yemba people based  in southwest and west Regions of Cameroon  at the origin of modern humans. This discovery was developed and published by scientists and geneticists of the University of Arizona, USA after the analysis of the DNA of an Africa American who submitted his DNA for tests so as to trace his family roots. They found that the male Y-chromosome found in this individual dates back to 338,000 years. Y chromosome are the hereditary factor that determine male sex. Unlike autosomal chromosomes, the Y and Mitochondrial chromosome do not mix during meiosis meaning that except for mutations, the Y haplotype remains constant from generation to generation thus enables an analysis to trace family roots. This findings pushes back by 138,000 years, the time that scientist previously believed modern humans first evolved. It’s worth noting that this discovery and subsequent publication was a completion of the work of Bonnie. Schrack, citizen scientist, Stanislaw  Pietrzak, a polish Catholic priest and T. Krahn,  who owns a testing laboratory in Houston Texas.

 The study was headed by University of Arizona Professor Fernando Mendez and colleagues. They also analyzed more than 240.000 base pairs of the Y chromosome before finally publishing their findings in the American Journal of Human Genetics early 2013.

This discovery also pushes back the time when modern humans evolved from early hominids by 70% and put the people of Fontem (Bangwa/Newh), the Mbo and Yemba people at the origin of modern humans at least for now. Samples from these individuals matched the Y chromosome DNA of 11 men (ancestors), some of whose names according to Stanislaw Pietrzak include: 
Mbekem b. 1875, Fontem
Atabong b. 1862, > Tanjuateh b. 1895, Fontem, Azi
Mbenzefeh b. 1888, Fontem
Ncheanzach TABI b. 1894, Mamfe
Tatuch b. 1903, Fontem
Tatych b. 1903, Fontem
Tatuch Anutechia b.1885, Fontem
George Techoukwi b. 1895, Fontem
Forethia b. 1885, Fontem
Emetem b. 1858, > Njualem Nwedlataw, Fontem
Aminde b. 1897, Fontem
Atemkeng b. 1846, > Thomas Ngwondong, Fontem, Lewoh.
Mbeh NtonGhawaH b. 1905, Fontem

Bangwa people, who  are also known as the Nweh people comprise all villages in Fontem subdivision such as Lebang, Essoh-Attah and others in Alou sub division such as, Lewoh,  Nwametaw, Ndungated etc in  Lebialem, Cameroon, Africa.  Bangwa  Mbo and Yemba ( bamileke)  people all share common boundaries. They also have  similar cultural heritage.

This is what Dr Schrack had to say “Another thing I might mention is that our African American project members are a far closer match to the Bangwa people, whose haplotypes are found in the SMGF database...than to the Mbo who were sequenced. The Bangwa and Mbo are close neighbors, and rivals...when talking about who our project member's kinfolk in Africa might be, it's a far better chance they're Bangwa, from Fontem, Lebialem, than Mbo. We found two SNPs in our project members that were negative in the Mbo -- perhaps they'd be found positive if Bangwa were tested.  Bonnie Schrack” Source


Ever since this discovery, Polish clergy and philanthropist Stanislaw Pietrzak has been mobilizing funds to assist people of Y chromosome or AOO Adam in the Fontem/Nweh area. The funds which have been and continue to be channeled to Agendia  Aloysius, have been used to help needy families subsidise the education of theirs kids as well as pay for some medical bills.


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I am Asonganyi Carista, a female Cameroonian originating from both the Bangwa and the Mbo tribes. I hold a BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences and I will be very excited to be part of this study if it is still on going. You could get back to me through the above email address.


I think you should post things like that more often. It was an interesting and fascinating writing. Thanks!


Thank you.


Thanks for this work. But this should be used for good because we of West Africa are the true Israelites as the bible explains. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68.The slave trade was a sign by God to let us know who we are. It goes deeper than the DNA. WE fleed from Jerusalem in 70AD to west Africa from the Roman persecution and destruction of our tempel by Empero Titus and Pompey. Cameroon was known as Bangwa before the colonial masters indiscrinately separated us from our families.
Please as you work go back to the bible because it is your history book and gives you your origin. We are a special and peculiar people to the only true God of our forefathers of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


i am astonished by your this research. I really will like to provide my services when needed. i am from the Mbo village. i am a forth generation of our family line. i in to the pharmacy program here in Houston Texas. i run a humanitarian organization in Cameroon aim at improving the livelihood and standard of living for the underprivileged communities. i think together we can work to save the human race.
waiting on your reply at


Am impressed to see how our village, tradition, and culture has advanced as par what i learn from history some years back and i will like to know more from the above norms to have knowledge on our culture to that is bangwa


This is a wonderful discovery and I can only encourage a further research to discover more of this DNA within Cameroon tribes. I am from Lebialem and will not hesitate to offer assistance at any time needed. I got in touch with Bonnie at the Library and she introduced me to the project after she was able to articulate pronounce my son's name so well and further identified that we are from Cameroon, from the Southwest and from Lebialem. I was amazed.


Y-DNA A00 Fundraising Effort
GTC wrote:”What are the goals of this project?
"Our research forms a part of the wider, global human project to understand the family tree that connects us all, both on a large scale and in detail. In 2012, we found a branch on the human Y-chromosome phylogenetic tree, haplogroup A00, that's far older than any other branch previously known, having its origins at the dawn of the human species' emergence. The only peoples on earth it's known to exist among are a few African-Americans, and Cameroonians of certain ethnic groups.

This research will begin to give us a picture of its true distribution and history. By collecting samples from a diverse range of ethnic groups in Cameroon, starting with those where A00 is known to occur, we hope to map it, and by analyzing the patterns of relationship between different A00 lineages, and the complex histories of these peoples, with their widely varying social structures and ecological adaptations, we hope to understand much more about A00's place in human history."”


Forward, my friends, this information and a link to their relatives and friends of the people Bangwa and Nkongho-Mbo.


Keep up the spirit Mr Agendia for it is said the people without a history live on the periphery of life.


The genetic genealogy new tree indicates that the peoples Bangwa / Nweh and Mbo / Nkong are genetic brothers.
We wish them a deep brotherhood and interfamily room!