She couldn’t relax. Our distant mother let’s call her Lebila, her DNA haplogroup was L3b1a. She was so in demand that traces of her are found all over the world except Antartica. She may have been quite beautiful, long graceful arms and legs, dark skin, kinky curls with bright eyes that glimmered like a dark night alive with fireflies, when she smiled. We may never know.
Whether she was an adult when she reached these shores or a child not yet in adolescence remains a mystery. All that is known is that she was very much in demand for either her labor or her love. She was never allowed to relax. Over sixty thousand years ago her mother left the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, let’s call her Leyva, her DNA haplogroup was L3b and she was born in either Ethiopia or Addis Ababa. Her 4x great grandmother an L2-6 mutated from an L1-6 and this recombination likely occurred once in every three-thousand years.
Leyva may have been captured in the Arabian slave trade somewhere near the Horn of Africa, a peninsula which extends like an outstretched arm into the Arabian Sea. The Arab slave trade which began in the mid-seventh century still survives today in Mauritania and Sudan. Once captured she was probably taken to the slave markets of Zanzibar and sold by a Berber or an Arab merchant to a Sultan of Islam to be his domestic servant, or his private dancer, or concubine. She could have been trained in domestic activities, learning to keep house, if a virgin, she would have brought a high price.
Her daughters haplogroup M and N let’s call them Mayling and Nairobi, either left Africa and inhabited the rest of the world moving first to North Africa or South Asia, but her sisters migrated west. Our mother Lebila, amongst them either in a migratory flow seeking arable land to farm, or as a captive of an Arab slavemaster, or fleeing Arab subjugation and colonialism.
Somehow, our mother Lebila found her way to the West Coast of Africa South of the Sahara. She and our ascendants may have settled near Lake Chad a large shallow body of water which is all that remains of a former Sea. She lived in Cameroon one of the four countries surrounding Lake Chad which includes Niger, Nigeria, and Chad, and she may have spoken Kwa a bantu language. She may have spoken several bantu languages fluently such as Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Kanuri, Ibibio and Fulfulde.