Jidenna Theodore Mobisson

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Biography / Profile

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson was born on May 5th, 1985 in in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA, to Tama Mobisson, an American accountant, and Chief Oliver Udemmadu Ogbonnia Mobisson, a Nigerian academic from Umu Ezike, Edenta in Awo Idemili, Orsu local government area of Imo State, Nigeria.

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Age

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is 39 years old.

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Early Life

The youngest of 4 children, Jidenna spnt his early years in Nigeria where his fatheer was a professor of Computer Science at ASUTECH (now Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT)). He lived in Nigeria for 6 years before his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1995. At 5 years old, his family was robbed at gunpoint, leading to his mother being beaten and Jidenna receiving a gunshot to the foot.

Back in the United States, he attended high school at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, finishing in 2003. He founded a rap group "Black Spadez" there and began to write music. As a final project at the Academy, Jidenna released his first album there. Then he was admitted into Harvard University. Afterwards, he decided to study at Stanford from 2003 till 2008. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in comparative studies of race and ethics. 

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Career

Jidenna picked up interest in music at an early age, starting in the seventh grade. His desire was to be a rapper, citing influences including Nas, Biggies and especially Tupac Shakur. After graduating from the University he devoted his life to music. Jidenna constantly moved from Los Angeles to Oakland, Brooklyn, and Atlanta.

His debut on the American (national) music scene came in February 2015 with "Classic Man," in which he delivered boastful, raw rhymes and a clean hook over hard street beats. The single took 3 months to gain traction but eventually reached the Billboard Hot 100. The Song was part of 2 singles supporting his music label's compilation EP The Eephus. On March 31st, 2015, the second single from the EP "Yoga" by Janelle Monáe and featuring Jidenna was released, it was a hit and some credit it with lending a boast to Classic Man’s rise on the charts. "Classic Man" was also later nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards.

On March 31st, 2015 the world saw his second single "Yoga" with the participation of Janelle Monae. His album "Wondaland presents: The Eephus" was released on August 14th, 2015. His collaborations include songs with label mates Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Janelle Monáe. It also includes a popular remix of Classic Man with Kendrik Lamar.

In 2016 he released Chief Don’t Run, the first single from upcoming album Long Live the Chief. The video includes references to the negative police relationship with the African-American community a cause to which he has length his voice and now his music.

His brands combination of music and fashion justifies it as truly unique to the American Music scene. The style can be classy, funky, chic, blending suites with contour under garments which in many cases mixes African fabrics. While the outfits look pricy he says he often sources from thrift stores in combination to working with designers for his one-of-a-kind pieces. He also owns an online shop called Jidenna Shop.

Jidenna is one of the founders of the Fear and Fancy social club. A society reminiscent of New Orleans' social assistance and pleasure clubs. It is an international team of businessmen, activists, educators, researchers, and artists who partake in lunches and demonstrations. 

Jidenna is an advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and has dedicated elements of his videos and performances to the story of black people in the hands of overzealous and racist policing. His 2015 Bet Awards performance and his 2016 Video for Chief Don’t Run both cast a light on the unfair treatment of Blacks in American society. On February 17th, 2017, he released his first studio album titled, The Chief.

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Personal Life

Jidenna was rumoured to be dating Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, an American sports analyst and a fellow Nigerian whose mother is Russian and Father Nigerian. His siblings are doing quite well too. His elder brother Geoff Mobisson is a Harvard MBA, Co-Founder and Chairman of Levementum a CRM and Digital Services firm in Chandler, Arizona, USA. His elder sister Nneka Mobisson-Etuk is a Master in Public Health and also holds an MD/MBA from Yale University. She is Executive Director of African Operations, IHI (Institute for Health Care Investment). He lost his father in 2010.

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Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Awards

  1. 2015 was a great year for Jidenna as he won four awards at the Soul Train Music Awards. They include;
  • Best New Artist 
  • Song of the Year for Classic Man (featuring Roman GianArthur)
  • Video of the Year
  • Best Dance Performance for Yoga (with Janelle Monae)  

     2. In 2016, Classic Man was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards

     3. In 2017, he won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Diaspora Artist of the Year

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Net Worth

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is estimated to have a net worth of about $1,000,000

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