No amount of preparation could have prepared him for what he was about to witness. As he grappled with the reality, he couldn’t help but wonder how his wife could do such a thing? He was a devoted husband and a great father to his two children.
He had no reason to ever suspect infidelity until he saw his newborn baby girl.
Meet The Couple
Ben and Angela Ihegboro were no different from any other couples that have existed before them.
Born and raised in Nigeria, the couple decided to move to London, UK, a very unfamiliar place, where an unfamiliar occurrence befell them.
One of the biggest threats to a successful relationship is infidelity. No matter how much a couple might claim that they aren’t worried about it. Somewhere deep in their subconscious this question lies and waits.
Little did the couple know that this threat was about to come knocking at their door.
Where It All Began
Ben and Angela already had two children together before moving to London 5 years prior. One morning when Ben least expected, as with many couples, Angela walked into their bedroom and looked over to her husband with a big smile and said “Babe, I’m pregnant.”
This was exciting news for the couple, but they had no idea what was coming.
And as it’s common among couples expecting a new baby, such news is often kept confidential until the bump is too big to hide. And even then they would like fewer people to know about it so that it can be a big unveiling for everyone.
But they’d soon realize that they would be the ones hit with the biggest bombshell.
So far, the pregnancy was normal and the time had finally come for the baby to be welcomed home. Angela was promptly rushed to the hospital, both she and her husband were enormously excited about the new chapter they were about to begin in their life.
Everything at the hospital went accordingly. Angela was prepped for delivery and it was ‘go’ time.
Dad waited patiently in the waiting room as the doctor helped Angela deliver their baby. However, neither the doctor, nurses nor the parents were quite prepared for what they were about to witness.
The doctor and nurses noticed something peculiar about this baby. The room went silent, tension rose, followed by a sudden uproar from the nurses.
Out In The Open
Naturally, Angela was alarmed by these actions and wanted to know if everything was alright. The nurses consoled her and told her everything was fine. But the look on their faces puzzled her until she was handed the baby.
Angela took her newborn baby in her arms and realized that the face was too familiar to hide.
As with every mother, Angela’s first concern was the baby’s well-being. Fortunately, the baby was in good health.
Everything about this baby’s birth was pretty normal and the birth was just like all other births that came before and after it. But the health of the baby was the last thing that would be on Ben’s mind.
No amount of preparation could have prepared Ben for what he was about to witness. He was a devoted husband, a great father to his two children. Up until that moment, he had no reason to suspect infidelity until he saw the baby in his wife’s arms.
How could his wife betray him like this? He looked squarely at her and said “What is going on?”
The baby was not only white, she was blue-eyed and blonde. What’s more puzzling is that both her parents were black Nigerians. Realizing the predicament she was in, Angela began explaining to both her husband and the nurses that she had been completely faithful.
This didn’t quite answer how Ben could have fathered a blue-eyed, blonde baby.
Both parents didn’t know of any white ancestry history – besides Ben’s mother being lighter in complexion – to explain a possibility of a recessive gene. Since Angela had already confirmed the paternity of the child.
All doctors could do was to test for other possible explanations to support Angela’s theory. But still, everyone was stumped.
Both Angela and Ben had long Nigerian bloodlines from their ancestors. Every generation that had come before them had reflected their heritage – dark skin, dark hair, and dark eyes.
Angela and Ben looked just like everyone else of Nigerian descent. So why, then, did their daughter look so different? Doctors everywhere were baffled.
Naturally, the couple’s thoughts flew to a mixup in the nursery. Could the doctors have given them another baby?
Although this would be the perfect explanation, they both knew it just wasn’t possible.The doctors couldn’t possibly have made a mistake in the seconds between the baby’s birth and her parents seeing her for the first time. It made no sense.
The doctors couldn’t have given them the wrong baby. And why would they have? This baby was definitely Angela’s. However, the couple just couldn’t see how they could have produced a fair-skinned child.
To make matters worse, the doctors were puzzled too and nobody could give them an answer. Fortunately, more answers seemed to be on the horizon.
The Question On Everyone’s Minds
The doctors were grasping for an explanation – and it was the same one that weighed so heavily on Ben’s mind. Of course, they demanded to know if Ben was really the father.
Angela was outraged at the accusations, but nobody would believe her. With infidelity seemingly off the table, the only thing the doctors could do was explore other possibilities.
Aside from infidelity on Angela’s part, the other most likely answer was that the baby had albinism.
Because albinos are born with a lack of melanin, their eyes, skin, and hair have no pigment. Albinism can cause white skin, hair, and eyes regardless of genes. It certainly seemed like the final answer.
Albinism is actually quite common in Africa – particularly in Nigeria. Aside from infidelity, this was looking like the most likely answer for their baby’s appearance.
Doctors explained the mutation to Ben and Angela, saying that around 1 in 70 people from all over the world are born with some albino traits – even if they are not completely albino. But they had to run tests to be sure.
Although Ben and Angela never considered the possibility of having an albino baby, they enthusiastically agreed to let the doctors run tests to confirm if their little girl was an albino.
Angela was still adamant that the father was Ben, so this seemed like a definitive answer. But, when the tests came back, the results shocked everyone even more.
When the tests came back, they shattered the couple’s hopes. Although Angela insisted that the father was Ben and there must be a medical reason for her appearance, their baby did not exhibit albinism. Their only possible answer had been dashed.
There was only one avenue for the doctors to explore now. Would they finally get an answer?
The doctors decided that there was only one remote possibility left. It lay in Ben and Angela’s dormant genes.
Because recessive genes can skip multiple generations before making an appearance or lie dormant forever, this seemed like the only solution. Since the baby wasn’t an albino, surely this was the answer?
Genes are like volcanoes: they can lie dormant for hundreds of years before making an appearance.
Genes are passed down from parent to parent, but this doesn’t mean they will definitely appear further down the bloodline. The doctors told Ben and Angela that this could be the only viable answer left. So, did one or both of them carry a dormant caucasian gene?
The doctors explained that perhaps a dormant gene had only been expressed in the couple’s third child. They asked them about their ancestors and explained that there could be a dormant white gene somewhere in their bloodline.
The doctors also explained that this situation had happened before, and it would happen again.
The doctors knew of a few cases where black couples had given birth to white children who did not have albinism.
These couples spent many hours consulting with doctors, combing through their ancestry, worrying about the implications, and trying to find a logical answer – just like Ben and Angela were doing now.
A little while later, another black couple, Francis and Arlette, gave birth to a white baby boy. And in their case albinism was ruled out. The nurses assumed infidelity too. Francis claimed with no DNA test, he just knew the baby was his by noticing that the baby had his nose.
Could this help Ben sleep at night?
Although they couldn’t be 100% sure that this had happened without a DNA test, Francis claimed that he just knew the baby was his when he noticed that the baby had his nose. And Francis and Arlette weren’t the only ones who had produced a baby whose skin looked nothing like theirs.
Could this help Ben sleep at night?
Black Woman, Two White Babies
To stir things up for Ben, a story came out of a black woman who had two white children.
In this particular case, the children’s father was her white husband. Could it be that both Angela and Arlette weren’t telling the complete story?
Beauty of God
How the case of Ben and Angela came to be is a mystery in itself. As a result, the child was named Nmachi, which means, beauty of God. Even though it’s suspected that this might be a hand of God, for the scientific community, there’s one question that hasn’t quite been answered with DNA test results.
Would Angela’s word be enough for Ben?
A Media Sensation
Given Nmachi’s appearance compared to her parents, it’s no wonder she became a media sensation overnight. It wasn’t long before her picture was in all the papers.
Everyone who read the story tried to come up with their own theories of how she had been born white. But what do Angela and Ben think?
Daughter Comes Home
Ben, the girl’s father, is highly convinced that Nmachi is his daughter even though there is no medical explanation to explain how this might have happened.
This may after all be a miracle story. And despite the difference in skin color, Ben is a very happy dad.