Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Badu in 2003, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Erica Abi Wright

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 26, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American [including Cameroonian]

Erykah Badu is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, disc jockey, activist, and actress. Her style of music is soulful, often labeled as nu soul or neo soul. She has worked with artists like The Roots, Common, and D’Angelo. She is also known as DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, Annie, Sara Bella, Medulla Oblongata, Analog girl in the Digital World, and Manuela Maria Mexico.

Erykah has a son with rapper, actor, and record producer André 3000; a daughter with rapper The D.O.C.; and a daughter with hip hop recording artist and record producer Jay Electronica.

Information about Erykah’s DNA testing can be found here and here. Her genetic ancestry includes roots in the Bamileke people of Cameroon.

Erykah’s paternal grandfather was surnamed Wright.

Erykah’s paternal grandmother was surnamed Wilson.

Erykah’s maternal grandmother is the daughter of James Gipson and Odessa Bauchum. Odessa was the daughter of James William Bauchum and Phyllis Rebecca Alexander.

Source: Genealogy of Erykah Badu –


Curious about ethnicity

6 Responses

  1. jojo157 says:

    Where is the document proof that says she is Nigerian?

  2. Mixed Kidd says:

    CORRECTION: Erykah Badu is African American (including Cameroonian). Here is a video of her tracing back her African roots.

  3. ChiBeauty says:

    Erykah Badu is African-American PERIOD. Not half Nigerian lol! Badu isn’t even her real name. She does the whole Afro-centric artist thing well…but sorry, she’s just African American like me….with African slave blood from centuries ago!

    • benvad says:

      She’s really into the African thing but when she gets to a West African country and gets called an Oyinbo, Oburoni or the various interpretations of White person. I’m French and I lived in Lagos ( M & A executive) for four years and I did have American colleagues and they’d get despondent when the local ethnic groups Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo wouldn’t see them as their own.

      I guess it would be like an Irish-American going to Ireland and finding out that they’re really just an American and nothing really more. I felt bad for them because they’d try to ingratiate themselves but they weren’t accepted as part of the group. They fail to realize that they’re a different nationality and new ethnicity that isn’t really African.

  4. ERYKAH BADU is also half NIGERIAN!

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