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Old 07-12-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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humm [Article] Are We REALLY mixing Race ???

Black parents... white baby

By VIRGINIA WHEELER - Published: 20 Jul 2010

Proud parents ... Ben & Angela
Ihegboro with baby Nmachi
PETER SIMPSON & NEIL HALL


THE stunned black dad of a newborn, WHITE, baby girl declared yesterday — "I'm sure she's my kid ... I just don't know why she's BLONDE."
British Nmachi Ihegboro has amazed genetics experts who say the little girl is NOT an albino.

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 miracle baby."
Ben told yesterday how he was so shocked when Nmachi was born, he even joked: "Is she MINE?"

Little 'miracle' ... Nmachi Ihegboro
PETER SIMPSON & NEIL HALL


He added: "Actually, the first thing I did was look at her and say, 'What the flip?'" But as the baby's older brother and sister - both black - crowded round the "little miracle" at their home in South London, Ben declared: "Of course she's mine."
Blue-eyed blonde Nmachi, whose name means "Beauty of God" in the Nigerian couple's homeland, has baffled genetics experts because neither Ben nor wife Angela have ANY mixed-race family history.
Pale genes skipping generations before cropping up again could have explained the baby's appearance.
Ben also stressed: "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 - not saying anything."

Doctors at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup - where Angela, from nearby Woolwich, gave birth - have told the parents Nmachi is definitely no albino.
Ben, who came to Britain with his wife five years ago and works for South Eastern Trains, said: "She doesn't look like an albino child anyway - not like the ones I've seen back in Nigeria or in books. She just looks like a healthy white baby."
He went on: "My mum is a black Nigerian although she has a bit fairer skin than mine.
"But we don't know of any white ancestry. We wondered if it was a genetic twist.
"But even then, what is with the long curly blonde hair?"
Professor Bryan Sykes, head of Human Genetics at Oxford University and Britain's leading expert, yesterday called the birth "extraordinary".
He said: "In mixed race humans, the lighter variant of skin tone may come out in a child - and this can sometimes be startlingly different to the skin of the parents.
"This might be the case where there is a lot of genetic mixing, as in Afro-Caribbean populations. But in Nigeria there is little mixing."
Prof Sykes said BOTH parents would have needed "some form of white ancestry" for a pale version of their genes to be passed on.
But he added: "The hair is extremely unusual. Even many blonde children don't have blonde hair like this at birth."

Blonde bombshell ... parents show newborn
Nmachi to sister Dumebi and bruv Chisom yesterday
PETER SIMPSON & NEIL HALL


The expert said some unknown mutation was the most likely explanation. He admitted: "The rules of genetics are complex and we still don't understand what happens in many cases."
The amazing birth comes five years after Kylie Hodgson became mum to twin daughters - one white and the other black - in Nottingham.
Kylie, now 23, and her partner Remi Horder, now 21, are both mixed race.
Even so the odds were estimated at a million to one.
The Sun told in 2002 how a white couple had Asian twins after a sperm mix-up by a fertility clinic.
Yesterday three-day-old Nmachi's churchgoing mum Angela admitted that she was "speechless" at first seeing her baby girl, who was delivered in a caesarean op.
She said: "I thought, 'What is this little doll?'
"She's beautiful and I love her. Her colour doesn't matter. She's a miracle baby.
"But still, what on earth happened here?"
Her husband told how their son Chisom, four, was even more confused than them by his new sister.
Ben said: "Our other daughter Dumebi is only two so she's too young to understand.
"But our boy keeps coming to look at his sister and then sits down looking puzzled.
"We're a black family. Suddenly he has a white sister."
Ben continued: "Of course, we are baffled too and want to know what's happened. But we understand life is very strange.
"All that matters is that she's healthy and that we love her.She's a proud British Nigerian."
Queen Mary's Hospital said: "Congratulations to Angela and her family on the birth of their daughter."





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My Two cents ---> How White People were [first] born
Its Like the age old question "the chicken or the egg came first ???"
To me just more proof we are all of one race, the human race
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Wow that baby is adorable.....looks like a little living doll. I wonder if the husband will have a paternity test just in case but still, an amazing story!
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That is just weird to me, very strange.
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Wow.....that is really strange!!
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this baby could have albinism little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair, and eyes..Not that strange to me...very VERY common actually. Adorable baby girl though
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this baby could have albinism little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair, and eyes..Not that strange to me...very VERY common actually. Adorable baby girl though
The doctors stated the child was not albino though. I looked up other cases like this and was surprised to see several out there, although those were primarily in cases where the parents were either both biracial or one was white and the other black.
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The doctors stated the child was not albino though. I looked up other cases like this and was surprised to see several out there, although those were primarily in cases where the parents were either both biracial or one was white and the other black.
I mean I guess if thats what the docs want to say. I feel like they are trying to make this more than it is. Looking at the facial features this baby looks biracial. I know for my son who is biracial he has a much wider base at the tip of his nose but his skin color is white. This baby doesn't look strictly white to me, personally. Whether ablinism or another pigment dificency..
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I agree about the facial features. I would also have a dna test to be sure there wasn't a mix up at the hospital. Sadly it happens more than people want to admit.
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I would personally get a 2nd opinion on the albino issue. However, you can definitely tell the baby is African American based on the mouth, eyes and nose. Somewhere down the family tree there must be a blonde. Things skip a generation....a lot!

Very cute family though.
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OK I know this is about this family, but having raised rabbits and kept good records, this thing happens all the time in animals. and we are animals too.

you just don't really know who or what is down in the roots of your family tree.

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So this child is a "miracle" because why??? Because she's white??? I would say "unusual" but certainly not "miraculous" unless she was conceived via virgin. Who's to say in a couple of years she won't darken up and her hair curls up? No human is an expert on genetics.

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I would personally get a 2nd opinion on the albino issue. However, you can definitely tell the baby is African American based on the mouth, eyes and nose. Somewhere down the family tree there must be a blonde. Things skip a generation....a lot!

Very cute family though.
The child is not "African American". She is Nigerian. "African American" is not a blanket statement for ALL people of African descent.
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