Jidenna known as Theodore Mobisson was born on May 4, 1985 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to Tama Mobisson, a white accountant, and Oliver Mobisso.
Below are 15 mind blowing things you did not know about Jidenna.
1.His father, the late Oliver Mobisson, was a traditional chief in Nigeria, and Jidenna lived there for the first six years of his life before coming to America.
2. Jidenna’s name translates in English as “embrace the father.”
3.He is the youngest of four siblings.
4.Jidenna was accepted to Harvard University but chose to go to Stanford instead. He said he walked away with a Bachelors degree in Ritual Arts, a major he created.
5.When he graduated, he worked as a teacher in the South Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.
6.He also was a political demonstrator in the Bay area, tackling the high incarceration rates of minorities.
7. Jidenna has wanted to be a rapper since he was in the seventh grade. He started a rap group called Black Spadez.
His favourite rapper of all time is Tupac.
8. He is the founding member of a social club called Fear and Fancy, which is described as “an international collective of entrepreneurs, activists, educators, scientists, and artists who host soirees, dinner parties, and demonstrations.”
9. Back in the day, Jidenna used to write posts on a WordPress blog that promoted music, poetry, and good vibes.
10. Jidenna is signed to Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records.
11. Over the years, the singer developed his personal style in college, where he learned about the power of fashion from his Psychology professor.
12. According to Jidenna, his favourite artiste in Nigeria is Tiwa Savage.
13. Jidenna earned a Grammy Award nomination for his breakout song, Classic Man.
14. Jidenna also received the Best New Artist award at the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards.
15. He’s swanky. A word which Jidenna describes in this video as meaning “a little bit classy and a little bit funky.”
Having partially grown up in Nigeria, Jidenna has surely brought a taste of what he his capable of doing when it comes to music.
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