by ethnic on January 1, 2008

Birth Name: Helen Folasade Adu

Place of Birth: Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Date of Birth: 16 January, 1959

*Yoruba Nigerian (father)
*English (mother)

Sade is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, and arranger. She was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her father, Adebisi Adu, is a Yoruba Nigerian. Her mother, Anne Hayes, is English and white. Sade lived in Nigeria until she was four years old, then moving to Essex, England.

Sade has a son with her former partner, Jamaican music producer Bob Morgan.


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neiltennant October 31, 2017 at 6:23 am

she has that ETHIOPIAN look

black mixed with white

indeed ethopians are not as black as other africans

and i don’t mean it offensive
there are tons of really black women

California July 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

She is really pretty. I’ve always thought that she looks mixed with Asian.

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

I think a lot of people think she is Asian mixed because when I went to see her in concert in America there was an overwhelming number of Asian people there especially Chinese Japanese type of fans but ironically if you lighten up a lot of Nigerians and straightened their hair they would look Asian too.

neiltennant October 31, 2017 at 6:24 am


thats really funny

you mean the asian people in her concert where fans because they thought she is also half asian ?

haha then my white sister who is also fan is fan because she thinks that sade is white

Greetings February 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Sade Adu Says “I’m Nigerian, I Am Always Late”… Is She Right About That

“Like I said, I’m Nigerian. I’m always late.” Sade

tinasheeeee February 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

What does her having to be late have anything to do with her ethnicity?

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Black people all over the world have a joke that they are on colored people time we take things slower and we are more laid back when it comes to time. If you are black you should know this saying , every black person knows what that means or should know.

fuzzybear44 August 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

I learn something new everyday, I thought that was just an black American saying

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

She’s a real mulatta – a textbook 50/50 pure black and white mulatto.

Unlike African-American mulattoes who aren’t about 30-40% black on average.

Her facial features look much more Caucasian than Negroid.


midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm

@Shawn the GOD there is NO such thing at all that is “Caucasian features” that’s a horrible racist thing to say many many Africans have SADE facial features without any admixture. There is no African features if you google, “fulanis”, Woodabe’s”, Igbo’s, Senagalese, Ghanains etc they all have different facial features some narrow and some thin and small. IT is 2016 and time to get rid of the silly racial stereotypes. Scientists have already proven that everyone every race in the world originally came from Africa. Africans have all the faces of the world. There is no one African feature at all.

fuzzybear44 August 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Correct, no one African feature or facial type at all

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm
WTF August 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

i’ve always thought the same thing. she is pretty and exotic

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Its the Asians that look like the African because the Africans came before the Asians. Science has already proved that human life started in Africa then migrated out to the rest of the world then mutated lighter skinned etc..

Alice January 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

Sade is such a beautiful looking woman. I just love her voice.

Lord Benjamim December 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Ultimately, all living souls come from the same tribe so Ethnicity is really irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. It’s really like comparing a black Mercedes to a white, brown, red or yellow Mercedes.

James February 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

You’re a simpleton if you think the human races is separated by just skin color.
Try again.

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

and i suppose you think you know everything about race? guess we should make you the president of racial classification since you think you know shit. nigga please, you ain’t shit. now fuck off!

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

@James you are the simpleton because Lord Benjamin is correct. All humans are one family. Science has proven that humans started in Africa then migrated out and only changed because of climate factors.

queenbee August 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Sade identifies herself as BLACK and if you want her take on it–check out her song “Immigrant” it says ” He did not know what it meant to be black until they gave him his change and would not touch his hand” Yeah—who ain’t been there–white people alienate a lot of other races with stuff just like this–take people like Obama and Sade etc and wonder why they do not claim their white parts? When they endured the same things as other blacks how in the world do you expect them to id with white people–FOR WHAT. Because at the end of the day–if they were not famous (and for their families and kids) to be black is to be mistreated on almost a daily basis in this country by whites and no one in their right mind embraces anyone who rejects them.

sorryjoe*$ February 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

And her mom was white lmao.. u cant fell or endure a certain races lifestyle, especially in American. Come down south everybody ghetto white or black and in the midwest.. Springfield illinois we probaly have the best rapper’s tooo

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:32 am

and i give two fucks why this bitch identifies as white? the trick came out of her WHITE mama’s vajayjay. the bitch is biracial. i don’t give a fuck if she says she’s black, that isn’t correct. she’s mixed.

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

fuckin ayyyy i meant she idgaf if she identifies as BLACK, not white. my ass hasn’t slept lmfao sorry bitches. tired of apologizing for my typos. FUCK y’all if you don’t like them. idgaf to quite honest. none of y’all mental patients are perfect either. fuck off

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Lol, you stupid bitch she’s telling a story. She said “He didn’t know what it was to be black” as in “he” (the story she’s telling about a guy) not herself, she probably just considers herself mixed race.

Black people always try and claim mixed race people who are part black.

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

@Shawn the GOD all blacks in the Carribean and America have been mixed so no one is claiming anyone. You sound retarded and uneducated go read a book on black history. Blacks were taken from Africa and mixed. So yes Sade is black even though she is half African. The definition of black incorporates mixed Africans. This website seems to exist for very confused people.

Samiiraa January 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm

She is biracial, her mother is white and she probably never was considered “black” when she was living in Nigeria. I say “black” because in Africa there is no such thing as “black”, people identify to their culture.
Black Americans always claim mixed people because you feel bad in your black skin. The world is not in black or white, there are other colors in between.

fuzzybear44 January 17, 2017 at 2:12 am


Quote(She is biracial, her mother is white and she probably never was considered “black” when she was living in Nigeria. I say “black” because in Africa there is no such thing as “black”, people identify to their culture.)

Well I don’t know what they called her in Nigeria, and from what I’ve seen, they do ID themselves by culture. However that being said, I know a good amount Of Ethiopians and Somalians , that are quick to say they are the original black people.

Quote(Black Americans always claim mixed people because you feel bad in your black skin.)

You stated yourself, that most AA’s are not dark, so how could they hate their black skin? Next, what is with this claiming stuff? People are not luggage. You can’t so called claim anyone unless you’re related to them. Also those mixed people you’re talking about, you ever think they might be claiming black people?

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

@Queenbee EXACTLY well written

ash March 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

i heard her racist neighbors called her sade in spite so she use the name in spite back

BellaBassChick May 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Well you heard wrong, her middle name is Folasade, and she took her stage name from that.

coolerdenu October 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

hey ethnic can u post a picture of frankie avalon on his profile on this website? thanks.!

pooooooooo January 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

Frankie Avalon is Italian.

Nigeria October 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

….of course if a Nigerian persons ethnicity is unknown you can just keep Nigerian…. but Sade’s Nigerian side is Yoruba.

thequeenbee July 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

If a Nigerian’s persons ethnicity is unknown –they have no tribe and are considered mutts. Africans are very ethnocentric and proud of their blood lines–even today, if a person marries outside their ethnic group it is up in the air whether each side will accept the outsider/spouse. Nigerians as a country were the main Africans who agreed to exchange slaves for beads, etc even though traditionally slaves could be like family and even marry–and they were trading them to outside the black race–many sold were war prizes (defeated became slaves) but warring factions also used the slave trade to get rid of political rivals and many were tricked or kidnapped. The tragedy is not just that Nigerians had (and many still have ) a thug mentality–it is that whites try to pretend because some Africans did this–it justifies all that they did. Two wrongs never make a right and each is accountable for what each did. the irony is that for the most part–the descendants of slaves did better and had better lives than many of the people whose ancestors sold them. Payback is a motha.

Nigeria October 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

There’s no such ethnicity as ‘Nigerian’, not even a dominant one like how Chinese refers to the dominant Han Chinese. The ethnic group Sade come from is the Yoruba, who are a population of over 30 million in South western Nigeria. When classifying African, and specifically Nigerian people’s ethnicity it would be wise to check whether they are Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Efik, Hausa, Fulani, Xhosa, Asante, etc.

ethnic October 17, 2010 at 5:53 am

post edited, thanks!

YoungEmpress November 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

Xhosa is a south african tribe not nigerian.
Nelson Mandela is Xhosa

meagan April 8, 2010 at 5:08 am

I didnt know she was english cool

thequeenbee July 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

but what race? when someone is listed as just an American does that still mean they are white Americans? An English mother? But what race? I was born in England–but I am black–does that mean I am no longer English? Or a different “English ” than white English? English does not let us know her ethnicity–when just a country is mentioned is that defacto for the white in that country?

Jimenez January 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That’s always a bit of a difficult question. English is an ethnicity, so it would be more correct to say that you’re British. Unless one of your parents were English, then I guess you would be English. But English is an ethnicity just like Yoruba.

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