Nmachi Ihegboro: White Baby, Black Parents? (Video)

July 20, 2010

Newborn Nmachi Ihegboro is in the news today after her parents, who are of African descent, were shocked to see her come out looking Caucasian. Get the story here, and see photos and video below.


This story comes to us out of England, where 44-year-old Ben Ihegboro and his wife Angela recently welcomed their third child into the world. Their other two children, Dumebi and bruv Chisom, were thrilled to meet their new baby sister—but the family of four would receive the surprise of a lifetime when they laid eyes on baby Nmachi for the first time.

Both of the couple’s previous two children bear a striking resemblance to their mother and father. Nmachi on the other hand, was born with very fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. When the baby was born, Ben admits he was confused:

“We both just sat there after the birth staring at her…Is she MINE?”

The Nigerian couple even gave her the name Nmachi, or ‘beauty of God,’ to honor their native language and heritage.

Since Nmachi Ihegboro’s birth, experts have tried to put together reasonable theories to explain the phenomenon. Professor Bryan Sykes told The Sun:

“In mixed race humans, the lighter variant of skin tone may come out in a child – and this can sometimes be startlingly different to the skin of the parents. This might be the case where there is a lot of genetic mixing, as in Afro-Caribbean populations. But in Nigeria there is little mixing.”

Doctors also confirmed that the baby is not an albino, something proud father Ben agrees with:

“She doesn’t look like an albino child anyway – not like the ones I’ve seen back in Nigeria or in books. She just looks like a healthy white baby.”

Professor Sykes says that the real cause may remain unknown, but that a genetic mutation could have been a factor.

Check out a video about Nmachi Ihegboro below. What are your thoughts?

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8 Responses to “Nmachi Ihegboro: White Baby, Black Parents? (Video)”

  1. 1
    Sandy Says:

    Wow, ironic!

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    danladi Says:

    idiots…..shes albino………im Nigerian and I have 3 cousins like this……her hairs just a different texture than Ive seen but anyhow shes albino……..NEXT

  3. 3
    danladi are dumb Says:

    Uh danladi, she’s obviously not albino. Also well known geneticists disagree with you. The story say little Nmachi is not albino. Maybe you should read first before calling people idiots as you make yourself look short bus special.

  4. 4
    halleluiah, hallelujah Says:

    the end of racism ! ! !

  5. 5
    Rachelle Says:

    Interesting and shocking all at once.

  6. 6
    pnkeegurl Says:

    um… its called genetics. ppl wake up.
    these things can happen 2 anyone. skip generation. One of my great cousins came out blonde with blue eyes N my family is pure jamaican. so what?
    can we move on?

  7. 7
    Derp Says:

    Leucism. Very simple.

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    BrownCuty Says:

    @ pnkeegurl – the article states that something like this happening to Afro-Carribeans is more common, because of the possible mixture of races (due to slavery). The reason this is odd is because they are both Nigerian where there tends to be very little mixed race blacks AND both parents indicated that they are not aware of having any white ancestory….

    also to danladi, albinoism is easily detected, and the doctors have concluded that she is not albino….