Angelique Kidjo: I Am From Iseyin, Oyo State

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Angelique Kidjo, Multiple Grammy Awards Winner, in an interview has disclose her background is from Nigeria.

In an interview with Smooth FM in Lagos State,  the legendary singer disclosed that she is from Iseyin, a town in Oyo State, according to what she was told by her mother.

The 61-year-old singer who was born in Benin Republic noted that she has a lot of relatives in Nigeria even though she doesn’t visit them often.

The veteran singer said, “My Mum told me that I am from Iseyin, because when my grandfather’s great great great great father came back from Brazil, they found their roots in Iseyin.

“From my mother’s mother’s side, we have always been from Nigeria, so we have families in Abeokuta. Ibadan, Lagos, everywhere, I have cousins I haven’t seen a million years that I miss a lot.”

Angelique disclosed that she is so busy that her 29-year-old daughter, Naima, complains about it, she said “I have a hectic life, my own daughter just told on the phone yesterday ‘okay, when are you coming back home’, and I said not before November to and she said ‘don’t forget you have a daughter though.”

The Grammy winner while speaking on her love for Africa said she was not only about singing about the beauty of the continent, however, showing the happiness the people of Africa radiate.


“It’s just that I love to sing. I love to bring Africa to the world. The beauty of Africa, not the music that people are very content about seeing and talking about. Africa is not about that because I grow up in a country that is poor but people were very happy.”

Kidjo added that she wants the world to see how powerful African women are, “the women of Africa are the backbone of this continent and they are beautiful. So, I want the world to see that.”

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