Sonia Rolland

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Rolland in 2013, photo by

Place of Birth: Kigali, Rwanda

Date of Birth: 11 February, 1981

*French, Basque (father)
*Tutsi Rwandan (mother)

Sonia Rolland is a French actress. She was Miss France in the year 2000. She also competed in the Miss Universe competition. She was the first African-born winner of the Miss France pageant.

Sonia was born in Kigali, Rwanda, to a Tutsi Rwandan mother, Landrada Twagiramariya, and a French father, Jacques-Pierre Rolland, who has Basque ancestry. Her family left the country due to safety concerns with the Rwandan Genocide instigating, especially as her mother is Tutsi.

Sonia has a daughter with her former partner, confidence man Christophe Rocancourt; and a daughter with her partner, actor and director Jalil Lespert.

Sonia’s maternal grandfather was named François Rushingabigwi. He survived the Rwandan Genocide.


3 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Her father was Jacques-Pierre Rolland, he had Basque ancestry. Her mother’s name is Landrada Twagiramariya.
    Her maternal grandfather was named François Rushingabigwi, he survived the Rwandan genocide :

  2. benvad says:

    Her mother’s people are back in control of the country so she’d be very safe now.

  3. fraciscovargas1545 says:

    sweet girl

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