4 Nigerian Celebrities Whose Mothers Are From Romania (Photos)

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1. Tboss

Tokunbo Idowu popularly known as TBoss Idowwu or TBoss, is a Nigerian entertainer and reality TV show star who is from Benin city, Edo State. Though a half cast as her father being a Nigerian and her mother a Romanian. Tboss was born on the the 9th of march 1984 and has three siblings. Tboss was one of the housemates in the Big Brother Naija 2017 reality television show which is ongoing in faraway South Africa.

Tboss is a mix of Nigerian and Romanian schools. Her Father is a Nigerian and her mother a Romanian. She attended primary school in Suleja, Niger State. And Federal Government Girls College, Calabar for her post – elementary education. Tboss also studied at the University of Lagos for nine months before she headed to Romania to complete her university education. The young entertainer attended boarding school in her early years and one of her challenges was struggling with loneliness and making new friends, and most times she ends up attracting the wrong people into her life. Tboss was brought up under a strict, no-nonsense father who she said was tough on her and her siblings but her mother was always there to comfort them. she is an occasional drinker but does not smoke. The entertainer Tboss is also said to have some endorsements and movie roles last year, and she plans to do more next year.

The Nigerian entertainer and reality T.V star rose to stardom after she became one of the Big Brother Naija house mates. Though her popularity heightened after two unfortunate incidents occurred in the Big Brother Naija house 2017. The first incident was Kemen going far with her ( Kemen was said to have sexually assaulted her and it was caught in camera). This conduct got him evicted from the house. The second incidence was that which during a truth and dare game, she was asked to recite the National Anthem which she was unable to.Which she later revealed her reason to be that she was under pressure and was exhausted. The T.v star and socialite emerged the second runner at the event and won the pay port challenge and took home #500,000. Due to the fame garnered during the big brother show, Tboss has been able to leverage on her popularity to build a fan base called “Boss Nation”.

She drove another criticism when she was asked by one of the housemates on how she would spend the 25 million prize money. She answered that she would spend all the money within a week. 

She finished 3rd in the show behind Michael "Efe" Ejeba and Bisola Aiyeola. She bagged N500,000 prize money. 

Her popularity helped her to build a fan base called Boss Nation.  

She has also appeared in minor roles in a couple of movies. 

2. Ayọ

Ayọ, born as Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, 14 September 1980, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and actress. She uses the Yoruba translation Ayọ or Ayo of her first name Joy.

Born in a neighbouring area of Cologne, Germany, Ayọ had a tumultuous childhood fraught with her mother’s substance abuse and time spent in a children’s home in Schwalmtal-Waldniel. It was in this children’s home Ayọ learned to play the violin and piano, later playing in the music band “La Taste”, before moving to live with her father at age 14. The musician penned her first song a year later, with songwriting proving a cathartic exercise to manage her emotions and thoughts. Ayọ would regularly listen to her father’s record collection, including the likes of Pink Floyd, Jimmy Cliff and Donny Hathaway, which markedly influenced her own musical output.

Ayọ was born near Cologne, Germany as the fourth child of a Nigerian father and a mother from Romania but as a baby lived for a short time in Nigeria.

Upon discovering his daughter’s vocal talents, Ayọ’s father recorded a demo tape at a local studio to send to labels and venues. After a brief period living in London, Ayọ moved to Paris, France, where she began to garner considerable attention and playing a series of solo shows, including opening for Omar and Cody Chestnut. Following this success the singer signed with Polydor Records who released her debut full-length “Joyful” in 2006. Recorded live in the studio over five days, the record earned a wave of critical acclaim and double-platinum certification in France and Poland. Topping the album charts in Poland, the singer also found success in the U.S., Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy, aided by the singles “Down on My Knee”, “And It’s Supposed to Be Love”, and “Life is Real”. “Joyful” was supported by an extensive touring schedule which included large parts of Europe and the U.S.

Recorded at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas, Ayọ’s sophomore album, “Gravity at Last”, was released in September 2008. Featuring her live band comprised of Keith Christopherson, Larry Campbell, Lucky Peterson, Sherrod Barnes, and Jemaine Parrish, the album was once again recorded live and was toured heavily in promotion of.

The singer-songwriter and musician’s third album, “Beillie-Eve” appeared in March 2011, featuring the likes of Craig Ross, Saul Williams, and Gail Ann Dorsey. Issued by MBM Records, the record proved another well-received release, finding the Top 10 in Belgium and France. In 2013 Ayọ released her fourth full-length, “Ticket to the World”, led by the singles “Fire” featuring rapper Youssoupha, and “Who”.

3. Rebeca Omordia

London based award-winning Nigerian pianist Rebeca Omordia was born in Romania to a Romanian mother and a Nigerian father. Having begun to establish a profile in her native country, she moved to the UK to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and later at Trinity College of Music in London. She holds Doctor in Music degree from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania.

Pianist Rebeca Omordia, best known by the mid-2010s as a duet partner to cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, has embraced her unusual background: she is half Romanian and half Nigerian. Omordia's father, a member of the Igbo ethnic group, moved from his home in Nigeria's Delta State to Romania in the 1980s to study medicine, where he met and married her Romanian mother. Omordia was introduced to the piano at an early age, with the idea that she might be able to play the instrument in church. The plan was that she would follow her father into the medical profession, but it soon became clear that the piano could occupy her for hours on end, and that she tended to lose patience with almost anything else. A teacher spotted Omordia's talent and began to enter her in competitions, which led during her teen years to appearances on Romanian national television. Studying piano with Dana Borsan, Omordia graduated from the National Music University in Bucharest in 2006.

Moving to England, Omordia earned advanced degrees at the Birmingham Conservatory (2009) and Trinity College, London (2010). For the latter program she received the Ofenheim Scholarship. During this period she caught the attention of Lloyd Webber, with whom she toured for two years beginning in 2009; he has remained a strong supporter of her career. Omordia made solo appearances at Birmingham's Town Hall as well as at several top Romanian venues. In 2015 she was engaged by the John Ireland Trust for a tour of Britain that featured Ireland's compositions. She made her recording debut in 2017 in a duo recording with pianist Mark Bebbington in an album of two-piano music by Ralph Vaughan Williams; that year also saw her tour with cellist Razvan Suma.

Omordia has also championed the little-explored field of classical music by Nigerian composers, forming a partnership with the Nigerian High Commissioner in London to promote the effort. She has performed works such as the Piano Sonata No. 2 of Ayo Bankole that incorporates influences from traditional Nigerian music. Omordia has also traveled to the U.S. to attend and perform at the African and Afro-American Music Festival in St. Louis, where she commissioned a work, 5 Kaleidoscopes, from Nigerian-American composer Fred Onovwerosuoke.

Rebeca was a jury member in the 13th HRH Princess Lalla Meryem International Piano Competition in Rabat, Morocco.

In 2016 she was awarded the Honorary Membership Award from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for her services to music.

5. Daddy Freeze

Ifedayo Olarinde publicly known as Daddy Freeze was born on the 6th of May 1976, he is a Nigerian broadcaster OAP and radio talk show host, test driver, and the leader of The Free Nation. Daddy Freeze was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother, he spent most of his childhood years in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria, where he attended the International School. He acquired a degree in sociology from the University of Ibadan.

Freeze is from Osun State, South-western Nigeria. He is of a mixed-race as His father is a Nigerian and his mother is from Romania.

Daddy Freeze started his radio host career in 1996 with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan, and joined Cool FM in 2001 and started working as a Radio Presenter, Television, and general entertainment. He is a senior broadcaster at Cool FM Lagos. He is also an event compere. He has hosted a number of music concerts, comedy shows, and Nollywood movie premieres in Nigeria, Ghana, and the United Kingdom. According to Daddy Freeze, an OAP wasn’t his dream job initially, that he took the radio job as a fun thing.

Apart from the radio job, Daddy Freeze is well known for his controversial figure became he is famous for openly criticizing Christian religious leaders and pastors particularly about tithing and their extravagant lifestyles and their interpretation of the scripture. It is no doubt, Nigerian pastors are the richest in the world, living like princes and royalties at the detriment of their church members and some have even found their way into the list of 17 richest pastors in the world and Forbes’ list of richest pastors.

Besides the radio, Daddy Freeze is also father an event analyst, He has hosted a lot of music concerts and comedy shows and he has anchored Nollywood movie premieres in Nigeria, Ghana, London, and Manchester. Some of his hosting events include D’banj’s Entertainer Album Launch, Yes Records Launch in Ghana, TEE A Live in London in 2007, Basket Mouth Uncensored in Manchester 2011, Naija Comedy Blast London & Manchester in 2006, Julius Agwu’s “Crack Ya Ribs” in London 2009, and A.Y Live in 2011. He is currently married to a chef who runs a delivery called Tastebuz Nigeria, they have two kids together.

He has also publicly blasted artiste, Etcetera on Twitter for his continuous string of articles that were directed to numerous celebrities and entertainment industry figures.

His jibes at artistes, dignitaries and public personalities has earned him quite the reputation on social media as he always seems to have something controversial to say concerning a trending topic. He most recently attacked people who pay their tithes, saying that was not necessary to do that.

Freeze has two children from the rocky marriage with his ex-wife who he met in his university days. He alleged he left his ex-wife because he was a victim of domestic abuse and even shared photographic evidence on social media.

In 2014, Freeze won the award for “Favourite Nigerian On-Air Personality” at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2014 which held in Los Angeles. He has also been nominated for numerous other awards.

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