In search of her roots from African American to African Princess
In overcoming her deepest fear and make one’s dream comes true, Sarah Culberson (in photo) shared her experience of searching for her original father with a deep fear of rejection and hurt she had to overcome.
After learning that her biological mother had died when she was just 11, Culberson discovered that her father lived in a village in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She learned that she is from a royal family, a Mahalui, the granddaughter of a paramount chief, with the status of a princess.
She also learned of the difficulties and deprivations of the people in Sierra Leone resulting from a brutal eleven-year civil war that ended in 2002.
Sarah Culberson was born in Morgantown, West Virginia to an Africa father and a white mother. As an infant, she was given up to a foster care, adopted by a loving white family, and grew up contemplating her identity and her biracial roots.
In 2004, Culberson hired a private investigator to track down her root. Investigation revealed that her father was in fact a prince Joseph Konia Kposowa.Culberson born in the year 1976 as a biracial American woman of Mende ancestry from Sierra Leone from her paternal side. She is the biological daughter from one of Sierra Leone’s 149 chiefdoms.
Sarah attended the graduate school at America Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue an acting career.
When she was 28 years old, she sought out her birth parents and learned that she was a princess, the daughter of the chief of Bumpeh, a farming village in the Southern province of Sierra Leone. Her biological mother had been a college student in West Virginia, and later died of cancer. Currently Sarah is now a television actress as she fell in love with theatre in her early childhood and later won an acting scholarship to attend West Virginia University.
In December 2004, her father Joseph Konia Kposowa invited her to Africa where she meets her family and the people of the chiefdom. Sarah was given an emerald African dress as a gift.
The discoveries of her unique heritage changed her life forever. Now, as co-founder and president of the Kposowa Foundation in Los Angeles, she and many others work to rebuild and improve opportunity for the people of Sierra Leone, and to improve education for the youth of Sierra Leone.
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