“There is no question that Africa is playing a pivotal role in the future of our planet and that Nigeria, with it’s booming economy and burgeoning middle class, is a driving force. I will continue to play my role in the Renaissance taking place in Nigeria and Africa at large.” – Jidenna
Jidenna Mobisson, known mononymously as Jidenna, is a Nigerian-American Recording Artist & Producer.
Jidenna’s name in the Igbo language means to “embrace the father”. His father, Oliver Udemmadu Ogbonnia Mobisson, an engineer and traditional chief, was both a revolutionary in the Nigerian Civil War and the inventor of the first African personal computer. Jidenna’s personal style is heavily inspired by his father and the Harlem Renaissance with hints of traditional West African design. The marriage of European and African aesthetics is a direct expression of his heritage.
Jidenna graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
He is a founding member of Fear & Fancy, a social club that began in California in 2006. The society, reminiscent of the social aid and pleasure clubs of New Orleans, is an international collective of entrepreneurs, activists, educators, scientists, and artists who host soirees, dinner parties, and demonstrations.
Jidenna is signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Record Label and distributed through Epic Records. He currently has two chart topping singles, “Classic Man” ft. Roman GianArthur & “Yoga” with Janelle Monáe. “Classic Man” has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 20 weeks with a 22 peak position. The song reached #1 on the official rhythmic radio airplay charts and is also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Jidenna is a Nigerian Renaissance Man and your All Things Ankara Ball 2015 Ambassador.