Billionaire Singer, Rihanna, Has No Known Link To Igbo Tribe - Investigation - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Billionaire Singer, Rihanna, Has No Known Link To Igbo Tribe - Investigation

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A quote attributed to music superstar, Rihanna, as claiming to be of Igbo descent gained wide circulation on the Nigerian internet sphere recently.

Igbo, the third dominant ethnic group in Nigeria, occupied largely the Southeast part of the country and quote sought to present the star as sharing blood affinity with the Igbo people of Nigeria.

From web and social media searches showed that the quote started circulating online around Saturday, August 7, 2021 but soon gained currency when Nigeria Daily Times, through its verified Facebook page, brought the quote into the mainstream, causing the quote to go viral.

In the post, Daily Times Nigeria wrote, "Rihanna "My mum told me that I am originally an Igbo woman. Igbo is a tribe in Africa," with a photo of the singer.

The post has been shared over two thousand times and has over six thousand comments.

Since then, the quote has been widely circulated on social media, with big pages on Twitter Nigeria also sharing it.

The handle Naija_PR with over 750000 followers shared the quote in a post with 634 responses and over three thousand Retweets.

The quote was also posted by big accounts on Twitter Nigeria (Twitter/Naija_PR)Nigeria NewsDesk with one million followers, also shared the post.

The quote was also shared by Twitter accounts with huge followers (Twitter/Nigeria NewsDesk)
A simple search on Google also shows that a news platform like The Nation also published the post. Daily Post, another popular news website, published it and although they deleted it later, it shows up on Google searches.

A quick search on Google shows that some news platforms also published the quote (Google)

Verification

Another national daily in its article, quoted Forbes' official Instagram page as the source of Rihanna's comment.

But a check on Forbes' Instagram page shows that they made two posts about Rihanna, which had no such quote.

However,  a thorough search of all Rihanna's most recent interviews showed no evidence of such quote.

No report of this Rihanna's comment gave a credible source of the quote, which is a red flag.

Conclusion

After all checks by Pulse Nigeria, it  confirms that the quote is fake. Rihanna has no known link to the Igbo tribe.

In a 2019 interview with The New York Times Style Magazine, the billionaire singer spoke of her ancestry.

"In my own household, my father is half black, half white. My mom is black from South America. I was seeing diversity. That's all I knew," she said.

Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is Afro-Guyanese, while her father, Ronald Fenty, is of Afro-Barbadian and the British Isles ancestry.
Credit : Pulse Nigeria

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