Afro-Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Imo State, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson (born May 4, 1985) is best known by his stage name Jidenna and is a member of the Mobisson family.
Tama Mobisson, a white accountant, and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian Igbo professor, were his parents when he was born.
Jidenna spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, where his father was employed as a professor of computer science at Enugu State University at the time of his birth.
After being the target of a kidnapping attempt when Jidenna was six years old, the family relocated back to the United States of America.
The family relocated to Norwood, Massachusetts, in 1995, and subsequently to Milton, Massachusetts, in 2000, where they currently reside. In 2010, his father passed away.
At the age of sixteen, he joined the rap group Black Spadez as a co-founder and began producing, arranging, and writing for the group. Black Spadez, Jidenna’s final project at Milton Academy, where Jidenna graduated in 2003, collaborated with him on his first album, which was released in 2003.
However, Jidenna turned down an offer to study at Harvard University and instead chose to enroll at Stanford University.
He first pursued a degree in sound engineering, but eventually changed his focus to “ritualistic arts.” His music career began in 2008, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, while also working full-time as a teacher in various cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, Oakland, Brooklyn, and Atlanta, before signing a recording contract with Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records. Check out Jidenna’s Songs, Videos and Albums below!