Oprah Winfrey has been slammed by the Zulu tribe - who have rubbished her claims she is one of their descendents.

The chat show host told fans at a South African seminar that she had taken DNA tests which proved her warrior ancestry.The popular star also told the crowd she felt "at home" in South Africa.She said: "I went in search of my roots and had my DNA tested, and I am a Zulu."I feel so at home here""But local historians say it is unlikely the television celebrity - who has a huge following in South Africa - is correct because there are few records the tribe have any connection to the African slave trade in North America.One historian is quoted as saying: "If there were Zulu people taken as slaves they would have most likely been taken eastwards by Arab traders or to South American colonies."Those who ended up in North America, say in Mississippi where Miss Winfrey comes from, were mostly of West African origin".

Leader of the seven-million-strong tribe, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi also rubbished her claims.

He is quoted as saying: "I hate to tell Oprah this, but she is sorely mistaken".

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