Friday, May 4, 2007

Have you heard about the Afro-Turks?

No,I'm not talking about African immigrants in Turkey. I'm talking about Turkish people who happen to be black. They were born and raised in turkey, they speak turkish and they hold the turkish passport...They are the "Afro-turks""or African turks.

A number of centuries ago, many Africans were taken to Turkey by Arab merchants. Most of them were from Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya. They were taken to plantations around Ayvalık, Manavgat, Dalaman, Menderes and Gediz valleys, and Çukurova."Afro-Turk" is a neologism; they are colloquially named as Arap in Turkish.

There are nearly 1 million turkish citizen of African descent.

Their descendants include

Mustafa Olpak, a well-known writer.
Tugce Guder, a model
Esmeray, a singer (she looks sudanese PERIOD!)
Hadi Turkman , the former Turkish football federation manager

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