Amber Rose Revah

by stlucas on January 5, 2018

Amber Rose Revah – Netflix’s “Bright” UK Premiere – Arrivals – BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Hendon, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 24 June, 1986

*Kenyan Indian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Amber Rose Revah is a British actress.

Amber is the daughter of Riane (Forster) Hewitt and Benjamin Z. “Ben” Revah/Reva/Revan. Amber’s father is of Kenyan Indian descent. Amber’s mother is Jewish, of Polish Jewish descent.

Amber’s maternal grandfather was Bernard Forster (the son of Yehuda Leib Forster and Rivka Hochstein). Bernard was born in Szczecin, Poland. Rivka was the daughter of Shaul Hochstein and Gella.

Amber’s maternal grandmother was Stefania Raab (the daughter of Leon Raab and Eugenia Wohl). Stefania was born in Krakow, Poland. Leon was also born in Krakow, the son of Ozyasz Raab and Gitla Haniser. Eugenia was born in Krakow, the daughter of Salomon/Salamon Majer/Mayer Izaak Wohl and Feigel Holtzer.


Genealogy of Amber Rose Revah (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Birth record of Amber Rose Revah –


Malaika Firth

by ethnic on May 8, 2017

Place of Birth: Mombasa, Kenya

Date of Birth: 23 March, 1994

Ethnicity: English, Seychellois, Ugandan, Swiss, Kenyan (Giriama)

Malaika Firth is a Kenyan-born British fashion model.

Malaika was born in Mombasa, Kenya, the daughter of Jecinta and Eric Firth. When she was around seven, her family moved to Barking, London, England. Her father is of English, Seychellois, and Ugandan heritage. Her mother is of Swiss and Kenyan descent. Her Kenyan ancestry is rooted in the Giriama people.

Pictures of Malaika with her father can be seen here and here.

Photo by excelentphoto/


Lupita Nyong’o

by ethnic on February 28, 2017

45th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Lupita Amondi Nyong’o

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1983

Ethnicity: Luo Kenyan

Lupita Nyong’o is an actress and director. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave (2013).

She was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu Nyongo and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor and politician, who has been Governor of Kisumu County, since 2017, and had previously served as a Member of the Kenyan Parliament, from 2003 to 2013, and a Minister of Medical Services in the Kenyan government, from 2008 to 2013. She is of Luo descent. Lupita is fluent in Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili.

Her parents were living Mexico at the time of her birth because her father was a political enemy of Daniel arap Moi, who was President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. Her father’s brother, Charles, died in a fall from a boat, possibly as a politically-motivated murder to intimidate Lupita’s family. Lupita’s father was a working as a visiting lecturer at a Mexican university when she was born.

It is a Luo tradition to name a child after the day’s events, and so, because of the family’s Mexican residence and her Mexican birth, she was named Lupita as a tribute to Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Lupita’s parents moved back to Kenya in the mid 1980s, though Lupita spent some more time in Mexico, in Taxco, Guerrero, during her teen years. Her father was imprisoned and tortured by the Kenyan government in 1987.

Lupita’s paternal grandmother was named Dorca Owino Amolo. Dorca was born in Agok, Uyoma, Kenya.

Lupita’s maternal grandfather was Laban Onyango Buyu (the son of Adere Buyu). Laban was born in Kisumu, Kisumu, Kenya.

Lupita’s maternal grandmother was named Roscmcll Jane Achieng.

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Martin Olsson

by fraciscovargas1545 on June 9, 2016

Sweden National Football Team Pose For A Group Photo

Birth Name: Martin Tony Waikwa Olsson

Place of Birth: Gävle, Sweden

Date of Birth: 17 May, 1988

*Swedish (father)
*Kenyan (mother)

Martin Olsson is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays for Norwich City and the Sweden national team. Martin was born in Gävle, Sweden, to a Swedish father and a Kenyan mother.

His brother is footballer Marcus Olsson. His brother-in-law is Dallas Mavericks basketball player Dirk Nowitzki, who is married to Martin’s sister, Jessica Olsson.

Photo by katatonia82/


Malia Obama and Sasha Obama

by Sage on March 11, 2016

Malia Obama

Birth Name: Malia Ann Obama and Natasha Obama

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 4, 1998 (Malia) and June 10, 2001 (Sasha)

*Luo Kenyan (paternal grandfather)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (paternal grandmother)
*African-American (mainly), including Gullah, with distant English, Scottish, and Irish (mother)

Malia Obama and Sasha Obama are the daughters of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and of lawyer and writer Michelle Obama. Their uncle (mother’s brother) is college basketball coach and broadcaster Craig Robinson (not the actor of the same name).

Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandfather was Barack Hussein Obama (the son of Onyango and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga). Malia and Sasha’s grandfather Barack was a governmental economist, who was Kenyan, of the Luo tribe. Onyango’s name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; he was the son of Obama and Nyaoke. Habibah was the daughter of Njango/Njoga and Bwogi Otore.

Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother was Stanley Ann Dunham (the daughter of Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne). Malia and Sasha’s grandmother Stanley was American-born, and worked as an anthropologist; she had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French ancestry. Malia and Sasha’s great-grandfather Stanley was the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour. Madelyn was the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandfather is Fraser Robinson III (the son of Fraser Robinson, Jr. and LaVaughn Delores Johnson). Malia and Sasha’s great-grandfather Fraser was the son of Fraser Robinson and Rose Ella Cohen. LaVaughn was the daughter of James Preston Johnson and Phoebe Moten.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Marian Lois Shields (the daughter of Purnell Nathaniel Shields and Rebecca Jumper/Coleman). Purnell was the son of Robert Lee/Leacel Shields and Anna/Anne Estelle Laws/Lawson. Rebecca was the daughter of James Jumper and Eliza Tinsley.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and great-great-great-grandparents, were all black. They have Gullah roots. Malia and Sasha’s mother also has some European ancestry on her family tree, with distant English, Scottish, and Irish, roots. One of Malia and Sasha’s mother’s white ancestors was their great-great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Marion Shields. Charles was the son of Henry Wells Shields and Christianna Payne Patterson.

Malia and Sasha’s father has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), Malia and Sasha’s father writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for Malia and Sasha’s father.

Malia and Sasha are first cousins, twice removed, of Rabbi Capers Funnye. Capers is a Jew-by-choice. Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Fraser Robinson and Rose Ella Cohen, were also Rabbi Funnye’s maternal grandparents.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandmother Rose Ella Cohen had the usually Jewish surname “Cohen”. Rose was an African-American woman, whose father, Caesar Cohen, was also African-American. It is not clear where the “Cohen” surname originates in this family, or if Caesar Cohen had Jewish ancestry of some kind.

Sources: Genealogies of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama –

Genealogy of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama (focusing on their father’s side) –

Genealogies of Malia and Sasha’s father –

Obituaries and genealogies of Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandparents, Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Dunham –

Article about Malia and Sasha’s father’s Irish ancestry –

Article suggesting that Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother, Stanley Ann Dunham, had remote African-American ancestry –

Genealogy of Malia and Sasha’s mother –

Genealogy of Malia and Sasha’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Notes on Malia and Sasha’s mother’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Pictures and some of Malia and Sasha’s mother’s family history –

Photo by wfpa/