Angela and Ben Ihegboro are a Nigerian immigrant couple. In 2010, they gave birth to their first couple, a boy and a girl. They named their young daughter Nmachi. However, baby Nmachi surprised doctors at the hospital as soon as she was born with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Immediately, family and family friends expressed a lot of doubts and suggested that Ben should go for a DNA test to confirm if Nmachi is indeed his daughter.
Despite receiving a lot of detractors, but never once did Ben feel suspicious or angry with his wife. He always defended his wife against bitter words, but he himself did not understand why his daughter had a different skin color from the family.
At one point, Ben took Nmachi to a DNA research center in Nigeria to find out. Here, all the mysteries of the little girl’s skin were solved by the doctors
Accordingly, there are 3 hypotheses put forward by scientists: Nmachi is the result of a single gene mutation and will probably pass this gene on to his children in the future.
The second theory is that Nmachi is the product of dormant white genes present in her parents’ ancestors long ago, never appearing until she was born.
Finally, a third theory suggests that the reason for Nmachi’s light complexion could be albinism. Although doctors say the girl is not a complete albino, she may have some form of mutated albinism.
If this is the case, a girl’s skin color may darken over time. According to the BBC, albinism can persist in the genes for generations and it is not uncommon in Nigeria.