Black Parents Give Birth to White, Non-Albino Baby (Video)

July 21, 2010

(Chattahbox) – Two black British-Nigerian parents was stunned to see that their third child has fair skin, blue eyes, and curly blond hair.  To further complicate matters, doctors say she is not an albino.  The case has stumped geneticists, who are now testing to see whether either parent might have a white ancestor somewhere up the line.

Both parents would have to have a Caucasian ancestor in order for this incredibly rare genetic feat to occur.  The parents are at least as confused as the geneticists; Ben and Angela Ihegboro both have very dark skin, a common trait in Nigeria, as do their two older children.  The father says he is sure the child is his, and points out that even if a white man were the father, the baby would be biracial and unlikely to have blond hair.

The Ihegboros have named their newest family member Nmachi, meaning ‘beauty of God’. Check out the video by the UK Sun/NY Post below:


8 Responses to “Black Parents Give Birth to White, Non-Albino Baby (Video)”

  1. Rob on July 21st, 2010 9:05 am

    Skin colour aside, I believe this case to be human error, a mix up of the babies. I have seen the interview – the mother did not witness the actual birth as there is no indication from what she said that she did so. Further white skin / semi albino genetics does not account for the lack of ‘afro hair’

    Structure of African hair

    There are differences across ethnicity in the structure, density, and growth rate of hair. With regards to structure, all human hair has the same basic chemical composition in terms of keratin protein content.[6] However, Franbourg et al. have found that Black hair may differ in the distribution of lipids throughout the hair shaft.[6] Afro-textured hair was not as densely concentrated as other phenotypes.[1] Specifically, the average density of Afro-textured hair was found to be approximately 190 hairs per square centimeter. This was significantly lower than that of Caucasian hair, which, on average, produces approximately 227 hairs per square centimeter.[1] Further, Loussourarn found that Afro-textured hair grows at an average rate of approximately 256 micrometers per day, while that of Caucasians grows at approximately 396 micrometers per day.[1][7] In addition, due to a phenomenon called ‘shrinkage’, Afro-textured hair that is a given length when stretched straight can appear much shorter when allowed to naturally coil upon itself.[8] Shrinkage is most evident when Afro-hair is (or has recently been) wet.[8]

  2. someone on July 21st, 2010 9:11 am

    i hope racist idiots will shut their faces from now on

  3. Old Man Dotes on July 21st, 2010 12:22 pm

    We know from all scientific evidence that Hom Sapiens Sapiens evolved in Africa, and spread through the Middle East to Asia and Europe. Natural selection allowed “white” humans to survive the colder climate of Europe. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that this child is a mutation of exactly the same sort that produced Caucasians in the first place.

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  5. nneka on July 22nd, 2010 4:19 am

    this goes to show the existence of GOD. the God who makes everything possible.

  6. TJ on July 22nd, 2010 8:39 am

    How would this be a mix-up? This is far less likely to be a mix-up than if the baby’s looked very similar. That would mean you have a white family going home with black baby down the hall.

    I think it’s just an outlier case in the gene lottery. Chance.

  7. Derrick on July 22nd, 2010 10:09 am

    there is also a possibility that this man might not be the father, how do 2 black people give birth to a white, blonde & blue eyed baby? otherwise there was a mistake at the hospital, they should just go & make a DNA test

  8. Mike on July 30th, 2010 3:26 am

    It seems to me that this is rare evidence of convergent evolution. The blacks are finally evolving into whites.

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