Black Parents Have White Baby


black-parents-white-babyThe stunned black dad of a newborn, white, baby girl declared yesterday – “I just don’t know why she’s blonde.”  British Nmachi Ihegboro has amazed genetics experts who say the little girl is not an albino.

 Dad Ben, 44, a customer services adviser, admitted: “We both just sat there after the birth staring at her.”

The mother, Angela, 35, of Woolwich, South London, beamed as she said: “She’s beautiful – a miracle baby.”

Ben told yesterday how he was so shocked when Nmachi was born, he even joked: “Is she MINE?”

But as the baby’s older brother and sister – both black – crowded round the “little miracle” at their home in South London, Ben declared: “Of course she’s mine.”

Blue-eyed blonde Nmachi, whose name means “Beauty of God” in the Nigerian couple’s homeland, has baffled genetics experts because neither Ben nor wife Angela have any mixed-race family history.

Pale genes skipping generations before cropping up again could have explained the baby’s appearance.

“We both just sat there after the birth staring at her for ages – not saying anything.”

Doctors at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup – where Angela, from nearby Woolwich, gave birth – have told the parents Nmachi is definitely no albino.

Ben, who came to Britain with his wife five years ago and works for South Eastern Trains, said: “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.”

He went on: “My mum is a black Nigerian although she has a bit fairer skin than mine.

“But we don’t know of any white ancestry. We wondered if it was a genetic twist.

“But even then, what is with the long curly blonde hair?”

Professor Bryan Sykes, head of Human Genetics at Oxford University and Britain’s leading expert, yesterday called the birth “extraordinary”.

He said: “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.”

Prof Sykes said both parents would have needed “some form of white ancestry” for a pale version of their genes to be passed on.

But he added: “The hair is extremely unusual. Even many blonde children don’t have blonde hair like this at birth.”

The expert said some unknown mutation was the most likely explanation.

He admitted: “The rules of genetics are complex and we still don’t understand what happens in many cases.”

The amazing birth comes five years after Kylie Hodgson became mum to twin daughters – one white and the other black – in Nottingham.

Kylie, now 23, and Remi Horder, now 21, are both mixed race.

Even so the odds were estimated at a million to one.

The mother said: “I thought, ‘What is this little doll?’

“She’s beautiful and I love her. Her colour doesn’t matter. She’s a miracle baby.

“But still, what on earth happened here?”

Her husband told how their son Chisom, four, was even more confused than them by his new sister.

Ben said: “Our other daughter Dumebi is only two so she’s too young to understand.

“But our boy keeps coming to look at his sister and then sits down looking puzzled.

“We’re a black family. Suddenly he has a white sister.”

Ben continued: “Of course, we are baffled too and want to know what’s happened. But we understand life is very strange.

“All that matters is that she’s healthy and that we love her.She’s a proud British Nigerian.”

Queen Mary’s Hospital said: “Congratulations to Angela and her family on the birth of their daughter.”

{TheSun/Noam Newscenter}


  1. Because this is international news, it’s on every show, it’s top news on Drudge.

    A Jewish website today, is a website that brings us all the top (clean) news in the world, in a non-Pritzusdike way.

  2. you think it’ll be easy for this child?? All her family look like that black boy in the photo, she will be the “White” sheep! it’s not a very good feeling not to fit in, especially when you are SO different.

  3. Is this child still a minority? Is minority status conferred by ‘birth or blood’ like citizenship? What will she fill in on the next cencus form – other? What does the NAACP say? How about Al Sharpton? This is a burning issue! We deserve answers!
    All joking aside see Torah Anthology (Yalkut Meam Loez in English) Volume 3a page 84. (Bereshit Rabbah Yefeh Toar pg 442)

  4. I’ve only viewed this web site for about a week and I am already beginning to become irritated. Why do so many posters ask “why is this story here?” Does every news story have to only be about frum? If you are haredi, you can’t read about general “human interest” stories?

  5. I know a little bit about human genetics and this story sounds decidedly fishy to me. Some elements of the British press have a reputation for looking for – and occasionally making up – “astounding” stories, especially in the summer when news is slow. (Some US media companies seem to have the same problem.)

    This sounds like a hoax somebody in the editors’ office made up to boost lagging summer circulation.

    Let’s see some independent confirmation here, please.

    And best of luck to all the beautiful kids in the story and photos – they deserve it no matter what the grownups are doing.

  6. The comments are more telling than the story itself. Most of the comments show a deep seething racism. Notice the lack of Kavod Habriyot in these comments. Raboysai, look deep into yourselves. What you may find is not pretty.


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