Nicki Minaj

LOS ANGELES – APR 21: Nicki Minaj arrives to the The Bridge” Season 2 Premiere Screening on April 21, 2014 in Westwood, CA Photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Onika Tanya Maraj

Place of Birth: Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Date of Birth: December 8, 1982

Ethnicity: Trinidadian [African, one quarter Indian, possibly one eighth Japanese]

Nicki Minaj is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Her songs include “Your Love,” “Check It Out,” “Right Thru Me,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Fly,” “Starships,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Pound the Alarm,” “Va Va Voom,” “Pills n Potions,” “Bang Bang,” “Anaconda,” “Only,” “Truffle Butter,” “The Night Is Still Young,” “No Frauds,” “MotorSport,” “Barbie Tingz,” “Chun-Li,” “Bed,” “Barbie Dreams,” “Megatron,” “Tusa,” “Trollz,” “Do We Have a Problem?,” “Bussin,” “Blick Blick,” “Super Freaky Girl,” “Princess Diana,” “Barbie World,” and, in a featured role, “Monster,” “Where Them Girls At,” “Dance (A$$),” “Beauty and a Beat,” “All Eyes on You,” “Do You Mind,” “Side to Side,” “Idol,” “Hot Girl Summer,” “Say So,” and “Whole Lotta Money.” She has appeared in the films The Other Woman, Barbershop: The Next Cut, and, in voice role, Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Angry Birds Movie 2; and been a judge on American Idol. She has also recorded dance-pop, and utilizes an animated flow in her singing. She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and is known as the “Queen of Rap.”

Nicki was born Onika Tanya Maraj on Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, the daughter of Carol (Daniel) and Robert Maraj, a financial executive. Her parents were both gospel singers. Her paternal grandfather, whose surname was Maraj, was of Indian-Trinidadian, from India, descent; her father was of Dougla background, a Caribbean term for a mix of Indian and African. It appears that the rest of her family is of African-Trinidadian ancestry. She has evidently also stated that her great-grandfather is Japanese. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Nicki was raised on Saint James initially, though her mother immigrated to New York City, U.S., and later brought Nicki and her brother over when Nicki was five, settling in Queens.

Nicki is married to Kenneth Petty, with whom she has a son.


Minaj in 2011, photo by PR Photos


Curious about ethnicity

672 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Add “Indian-Caribbean” tag

  2. Oaken05 says:

    I mean, until you actually have some proof – or even solid evidence – I’m not sure we want to hear about your baseless theories.

  3. alicemedina says:

    Nicki’s biological father, whose surname is Pritchard:

    • liathecrazyflower says:

      White surname?

      • liathecrazyflower says:

        Oh, now i see

        • alicemedina says:

          I’ve been doing research on her biological father’s side and it seems her blood father is also half Afro-Trinidadian and half Indo-Trinidadian although it’s her paternal grandmother who is Indian which explains her biological fathers West Europe/Welsh surname.

          Nicki may have been born out of an affair between her mother and biological father

  4. alicemedina says:

    I think it will be revealed soon that Nicki’s father Robert Maraj was indeed not her biological father but her stepfather. New information as revealed over the past few days from her half-sister Ming that Robert isn’t Ming’s father which means Robert was Nicki’s stepfather.

    Also, this man isn’t Robert Maraj.

    This would also mean Nicki’s surname Maraj isn’t her “biological” surname if you know what I mean. But her biological father is definitely of Indian ancestry and her cousins and family members she’s posted over the years were Indo-Trinidadian

    • danishcookie7 says:

      Where does the japanese come from? Wouldn’t it make more sense if her great grandfather was instead Chinese since Trinidad had a sizable Chinese population?

    • alicemedina says:


      Yes, you’re correct. Trinidad doesn’t have a reasonable Japanese population like Brazil or Peru. But there are lots of Chinese-Trinidadians which is probably more likely. Nicki sometimes says she has Chinese ancestry so it might be that. But we know for sure she is of African & Indian descent like the majority of Trinidadians.

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