Remember the black Nigerian couple who gave birth to a white, blonde baby? If you were in their shoes, what would you do?

It happened in London, in July, the 7th month of the year 2010. Ben and Angela Ihegboro, two black Nigerian couple had the shock of their life when the baby they gave birth to turned out to be white.

Ben and Angela, both surnamed Ihegboro (as a result of their marital status), were not half-castes, they didn't have white genes. Despite this, the couple gave birth to a baby who was not only blonde but blue-eyed too.

The baby was not AlbinoAlbinism is a condition in which the body cannot produce MelaninMelanin is the pigment that gives us Africans our characteristic black colour. However, this baby who was named Nmachi by her bewildered parents wasn't an albino.

In 2010, this couple, Ben and Angela Ihegboro welcomed Nmachi as an addition to a family that had two other children. These two children, at the time, were 4 years old and 2 years old. The first one who should be 14 years old by now is named Chisom while the second one, a girl who should be 12 years by now is named DumebiDumebi and Chisom are black children unlike their sister, Nmachi.


When Nmachi was born, her mother, Angela called her "a miracle". However, the reaction of her father, Ben, was a little bit different. His first words as he recalled it were: "what the flip!"

When he was quizzed about the possibility of his wife cheating on him, Ben emphasized that he was certain his wife didn't cheat on him. He said, "even if she did, the baby couldn't have turned out like this."

Nnamchi was born in Queen Marta's hospital, Sidcup, Kent. Her name, Nmachi, means Beauty of God.

Doctors were surprised by this occurrence. An expert's explanation for this was that the colour of the Nmachi was so as a result of genetic mutationGenetics is a broad topic and the laws guiding it are still not fully understood despite years of research and study.

If you find yourself in this kind of situation, what would you do? As many of us are Nigerians living within the territory of Nigeria, I will do my best to guess what our reactions would be.


Most of us, in my opinion, would likely do either of these two things;

1. We would either claim the baby is a bastard:

As the baby's colour tone, hair and eye colouration are different from that of a typical Nigerian. Most Nigerians would claim that this baby was a bastard.

2. Some would claim that the baby is a work of the devil:

Nollywood movies have, many times, depicted some life occurrences in their many movies. If a child acts abnormally or is born abnormally, Nigerians would claim that the child is a work of the devil.

I would repeat my question. If you were in their shoes, what would you do? Tell me in the comments section. I will be listening.

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