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A 20-year-old in Marietta, Georgia has lived with his loving family since he was adopted as a baby. Although he was happy, he was always curious about his biological family.
For Christmas last year, Kieron Graham’s mother gave him a DNA test kit so he could explore his roots.
Upon hearing the results of the test, Kieron was shocked to discover that he had a biological brother: 29-year-old Vincent Ghant.
So he reached out to him on Facebook, and when they connected, the two became overwhelmed and cried with emotion.
Not only that, Kieron found out his long-lost brother lived just 15 minutes away—and attended the same college—Kennesaw State University—and both were studying the same major, political science!
“It was very surreal how much we looked alike,” Ghant told TODAY. “It was amazing. We just stared at each other and we both were laughing, giggling, and crying,” added Graham.
The two now hang out twice a week, and Kieron is getting to know the biological mother they both share. Their happy families even spent Christmas together and plan on taking a vacation together to Florida this year.
But Kieron’s ancestral adventures didn’t stop there.
When the test kit company, Ancestry DNA, heard about the brothers’ story, they reached out with an offer to fly them to Benin— to meet their African ancestors.
Though Ghant had a conflicting work schedule, Graham traveled to the country and discovered another surprising family connection: the two were related to the King of the capital city of Benin.
Graham met with the King and the new friends talked about their lives – an experience the young man says he will never forget—all because of a DNA test.
“I went from knowing nothing about my biological family, to meeting my birth family and getting to know about my ancestors.”
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