According to the New World Encyclopedia, DNA tests taken in 2008 indicated that Angelou was descended from the Mende people of Sierra Leone in West Africa.
She Relocated to Africa
During the time of decolonization, Angelou made the decision in 1961 to relocate to Cairo, Egypt, where she became an associate editor for a weekly English-language newspaper.
The following year, Angelou moved to Accra, Ghana, where she lived for five years while her son Guy, then a college student, recuperated from a very serious auto accident. While in Accra, Angelou worked as an administrator at the University of Ghana and freelanced for various publications there.