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Fact Check: Is Rihanna Igbo? True Origin Revealed




There is a rumor saying Rihanna has an Igbo origin. Let’s get into detail.

‘Badgalriri’ was recently declared a billionaire by Forbes, making her one of the wealthiest female musicians in the world and second only to Oprah Winfrey as the richest female entertainer. Her net worth was reported at $1.7 billion.

Claims from top Nigerian Newspapers, Nation Newspapers, Daily Post among others claimed she is an Igbo lady.

Is Rihanna Igbo?

NO. Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados. According to Wikipedia. Her mother is an Afro-Guyanese, while her father is a Barbadian of African and Irish descent.

According to different Nigerian news articles, which went viral, Rihanna’s mother told her that she is of Igbo descent. “My mom told me that I am originally an Igbo woman. Igbo is a tribe in Africa.,”

The article which was shared over 3 thousand times got social media users reacting.


Ronald Fenty is Rihanna‘s father, and Monica Braithwaite is Rihanna’s mother.

In an interview with New York Times in 2019, The ‘Diamonds’ singer said. “father is half black, half white, My mom is black from South America. I was seeing diversity. That’s all I knew.”

Gistvic can certify that the rumor that Rihanna is Igbo is false.

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