Parents Benjaman and Angela Ihegboro both ʙʟᴀᴄᴋ introduced their ᴡʜɪᴛᴇ sᴋɪɴɴᴇᴅ, ʙʟᴏɴᴅᴇ-ʜᴀɪʀᴇᴅ daughter Nmachi to the world. The couple, from Woolwich, South London, was as ʙᴀFFʟᴇᴅ as the sᴄɪᴇɴᴛɪFɪᴄ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ at their daughter’s appearance, being unaware of any ᴡʜɪᴛᴇ ʜᴇʀɪᴛᴀɢᴇ at all in either family.
A couple of African origins gave birth to a ᴡʜɪᴛᴇ, ʙʟᴜᴇ-ᴇʏᴇᴅ ʙʟᴏɴᴅᴇ baby in London on Monday. British national Nmachi Ihegboro has amazed ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄs ᴇxᴘᴇʀᴛs who say the little girl is ɴᴏᴛan ᴀʟʙɪɴᴏ. Dad Ben, 44, a customer services adviser, admitted: “We both just sat there after the birth staring at her.” Mum Angela, 35, of Woolwich, South London, beamed as she said: “She’s beautiful, a ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ baby.” Ben said how he was sᴏ sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ when Nmachi was born, he even joked: “Is she ᴍɪɴᴇ?” He added: “Actually, the first thing I did was look at her and says, What the Fʟɪᴘ?” But as the baby’s older brother and sister, both ʙʟᴀᴄᴋ crowded round the ‘little ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ’ at their home in South London, Ben declared: “Of course she’s ᴍɪɴᴇ.”
Bʟᴜᴇ-ᴇʏᴇᴅ ʙʟᴏɴᴅᴇ Nmachi, whose name means ‘Beauty of Gᴏᴅ’ in the Nigerian couple’s homeland, has ʙᴀFFʟᴇᴅ ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄs ᴇxᴘᴇʀᴛs because neither Ben nor wife Angela has any ᴍɪxᴇᴅ-ʀᴀᴄᴇ family ʜɪsᴛᴏʀʏ. Pale ɢᴇɴᴇs sᴋɪᴘᴘɪɴɢ ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴs before cropping up again could have explained the baby’s appearance. Ben also sᴛʀᴇssed: “My wife is true to me. Even if she hadn’t been, the baby still wouldn’t look like that. We both just sat there after the birth staring at her for ages ɴᴏᴛ saying anything.” Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs at queen mary’s Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ in sidcup where Angela gave birth told Angela and her husband that Nmachi did ɴᴏᴛ have ᴀʟʙɪɴɪsᴍ. Ben came to England with his wife five years ago and works for South Eastern Trains. Angela said: “She’s ɴᴏᴛ ᴀʟʙɪɴᴏ, after all, she’s a perfectly ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜʏ child.”
Professor Bryan Sykes, ʜᴇᴀᴅ ᴏf ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ ᴀɴᴛʜʀᴏᴘᴏʟᴏɢʏ at Oxford University and a leading expert in the field, called the ʀᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴀsᴇ ‘ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ’. He said :” In accelerated ʟɪɴᴇᴀɢᴇ mixing, ᴠᴀʀɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴs in ʟɪɢʜᴛᴇʀ sᴋɪɴ can manifest in ʟᴀᴛᴇʀ ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴs. This ᴄᴀᴜsᴇs the child to be born with a ᴅɪFFᴇʀᴇɴᴛ sᴋɪɴ ᴄᴏʟᴏʀ than the parents. This ᴄᴀsᴇ may be ᴅᴜᴇ to ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ mixing, but in Nigerians it is very ʀᴀʀᴇ. Both the father and mother of the child have ᴡʜɪᴛᴇ ᴀɴᴄᴇsᴛʀʏ and it is ʀᴇᴄᴇssᴇᴅ through the ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴs, but it is revealed to their children’s ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. Her ʙʟᴏɴᴅᴇ ᴄᴜʀʟʏ ʜᴀɪʀ is an ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇʟʏ ʀᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴀsᴇ.”
Ben said: “The older boy is 4 years old, her brother insists that the girl is ɴᴏᴛhis brother. And Nmachi Ihegboro’s sister is only 2 years old, so she doesn’t understand.” Of course they want to know what happened, but we know that life is full of sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇ things. All is now ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜʏ baby and they love her. They are proud to be Aɴɢʟᴏ-Nɪɢᴇʀɪᴀɴ.