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Jidenna

by madman on March 29, 2017

Birth Name: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson

Place of Birth: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States

Date of Birth: May 4, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Igbo Nigerian (father)
*English, German, Dutch (mother)

Jidenna is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Jidenna is the son of Tama, an accountant, and Oliver Mobisson (Oliver Udemmadu Ogbonnia Mobisson), an academic. His father was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, of Igbo Nigerian descent. His mother, who is American, has English, German, Dutch, and possibly other, ancestry. Jidenna grew up in Nigeria for the first years of his life, and moved back to the United States at age six.

Two of Jidenna’s great-grandparents were Ralph Heer Buck and Louise Amidon Bethel. Ralph was the son of William W. Buck and Katherine Hur/Heer, who was of German descent. Louise was the daughter of Louis Prentiss Bethel and Harriet “Hattie” Morse.

Sources: Obituary of Jidenna’s great-uncle, Robert Buck – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Jidenna’s great-grandmother, Louise Amidon Bethel – http://www.ancestry.com

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Tinie Tempah

by wanderer on September 7, 2016

GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016 - Arrivals

Birth Name: Patrick Junior Chukwuemeka Okogwu

Place of Birth: Southwark, London, England, UK

Date of Birth: 7 November, 1988

Ethnicity: Igbo Nigerian

Tinie Tempah is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His middle name, “Chukwuemeka”, means “God has done it” in the Igbo language. Tinie Tempah is Catholic.

Source: http://hollowverse.com

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Christine Ohuruogu

by wanderer on August 15, 2016

2012 Women of the Year Awards Lunch - Arrivals

Birth Name: Christine Ijeoma C. Ohuruogu

Place of Birth: Newham, London, England

Date of Birth: 17 May, 1984

Ethnicity: Igbo Nigerian

Christine Ohuruogu is a British Track and field athlete. She specializes in the 400 meters.

Her parents are Igbo Nigerian. She has said:

My mum and dad still speak their Igbo dialect which we were never taught. But we know odd words. Like when someone annoys you, you know how to insult them.

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Kele Okereke

by madman on March 30, 2016

Bloc Party and The Cribs in Concert at the Alexandra Palace - November 14, 2007

Birth Name: Rowland Kelechukwu Okereke

Place of Birth: Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Date of Birth: October 13, 1981

Ethnicity: Igbo Nigerian

Kele Okereke is a British singer and musician. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the indie rock band Bloc Party.

Kele’s parents are Igbo Nigerian immigrants. His mother’s maiden name is “Nweke”.

Source: Birth certificate of Kele Okereke – https://familysearch.org

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Blair Underwood

by follers on July 26, 2014

AFI Fest 2010 Opening Night Gala Screening of "I Will Follow" - Arrivals

Birth Name: Blair Erwin Underwood

Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 25, 1964

Ethnicity: African-American (including Babungo, Bamum, Brong, Igbo)

Blair Underwood is an American actor and director. He is African-American. Various DNA tests have stated that he has Babungo (from Cameroon), Bamum, Brong, and Igbo ancestry. One such test was performed om the show Who Do You Think You Are?

Blair’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Porter Underwood, Sr. (the son of Robert Bailey Underwood and Isabelle Billingsly/Billingsley). Robert was the son of John Henry Underwood and Lu-cynda or Marqurite. Isabelle was the daughter of Abraham Billingsly/Billingsley and Jincy/Jinsey.

Blair’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Alice Terry (the daughter of John Terry and Emma Lane).

Blair’s maternal grandfather was Charles Dowell Frazier, Sr. (the son of Charles D. Frazier and Cora Johnson). Charles was the son of Oscar Frazier and Clara Curry.

Blair’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Mae Royal (the daughter of Harry Royal and Ada Belle White). Harry was the son of Benjamin Royal and Fannie/Fanny Earley. Ada was the daughter of Thomas M. White and Mary Elizabeth Scott.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Who Do You Think You Are? (2016) stated that Blair’s genetic ancestry is:

*74% African
*26% European

Source: Genealogy of Blair Underwood – http://www.geni.com

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