The Yoruba are a tribe in Africa which has been rumored to have a high percentage of rh negatives.
The only official study available was conducted on 42 Yoruba individuals and 7 out of them were rh negative making it a percentage of 16.6%.

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Note also how the tribes surrounding them are relatively high in rh negatives compared to the continental average of around 3% in Africa indicating that the original percentage of Yorubas could have been significantly being lowered by mixing with low-rh-negative neighbor tribes increasing their percentage to almost theirs.

Famous people with Yoruba ancestry include singers Sade and Seal.
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More information here: Prevalence of D(u) phenotype amongst rhesus negative females in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


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