Unbelievable! Nigerian Mum Gives Birth To A White Baby.
Once in a while, nature serves something unusual, an anomaly. Out of the blue something happens that completely defied logic. This time, a Nigerian mum gives birth to a white baby. A baby with blonde hair and blue eyes. And in case you’re wondering, the father is black, too! Originally from Nigeria, Ben and Angela Ihegboro defied biology to give birth to a baby girl they named Nmachi.
The Oddity of A Nigerian Mum with a White Baby
When Nmachi was born at Queen Mary’s Hospital, making headlines in the UK, her parents were as stunned as the rest of the world. Fresh into the world the baby looked nothing like the parents. She had blonde hair and blue eyes, round pink cheeks and a rosebud mouth. Ben said, “We just sat there after the birth, staring at her and not saying anything. Eventually, the first thing I did was look at her and say, ‘What the flip?’. I was so shocked I even joked and asked, ‘Is she mine?’”
Is this a case of Infidelity?
As expected, there were repeated talks of infidelity.
The question kept popping up but Ben was quick to quash it. He has no doubt in his mind whatsoever that his wife Angela has been faithful and won’t entertain any talk that Nmachi may not be his child. “Of course she’s mine,” he says. “My wife is true to me. Even if she hadn’t been the baby still wouldn’t look like that.”
Though Ben reasserted paternity, the oddity of the situation wasn’t lost on him. “It was odd that we had a blonde in a black family,” Ben said. He added that he knows that “it’s my kid, but I don’t know why she’s blonde.”
Angela had a different reaction. She was indifferent to people’s allusion of infidelity. She was just over the moon that her baby is healthy despite her unusual appearance. “She’s beautiful,” she said, “She is a miracle baby.” Though Igbo people have a unique way of naming, it is not farfetched to assume that the baby’s unusual appearance might have influenced their choice to name her Nmachi. It means the beauty of God.
Unlike the mother, experts weren’t very keen on just dubbing it a “miracle” and move on. They desperately sought to unravel the mystery. With the couple’s insistence that there was no other man in the picture, they turned to the possibility of the couple having a white ancestor in their lineage. This too was a dead end. They tried to ascertain whether the baby was an albino. Nmachi is definitely not an albino, they confirmed.
What Does Science Have To Say?
The BBC has attempted to explain the reasons for the phenomenon. They are “dormant white genes which entered both of her parents’ families long ago, a genetic mutation unique to her, or albinism.”
“Contrary to reports, doctors at the London hospital where Nmachi was born say they have not ruled out this recessive disorder which affects skin pigmentation,” the BBC report stated. The color of the skin is determined by about 12 different genes that control the pigment, or melanin, that’s produced, doctors have said.
“We are all of us genetic mixtures to some extent and occasionally you’ll have a convergence of the pale versions of these genes in African Americans and African Caribbeans who have a mixed black and white ancestry,” Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford, England said in the report.
Source: Epoch Times