Birth Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
Place of Birth: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
Date of Birth: December 8, 1982
Ethnicity: African-Trinidadian, one quarter Indian-Trinidadian, possibly 1/8th Japanese
Nicki Minaj is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to Queens, New York City, U.S., during her childhood.
Niki is the daughter of Carol (Daniel) and Robert Maraj. Her paternal grandfather, whose surname was Maraj, was of Indo-Trinidadian descent, so her father is of Dougla (a Caribbean term for a mix of Indian and African) descent. It appears that the rest of her family is of Afro-Trinidadian ancestry.
She has evidently stated that her great-grandfather is Japanese. It is not clear if this is accurate.