Singer Says He Won’t Date A Woman Who Doesn’t Know How To Cook Jollof Rice


African-America rapper and singer, Jidenna has been making waves of late, thanks to his dapper look and sensational music, Classic man.

The hip-hop artiste, who is known for his unique beards, afro-modern dress sense and classy look, says knowing how to prepare jollof rice is a pre-requisite for him to be with a woman.

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Early this month, Jidenna made a trip to his motherland, Nigeria. He had a warm welcome from his friends and family members in Enugu state where his father hails from. Afterwards, he was in Lagos for an exclusive photo shoot by the renowned TY Bello for ThisDay Style magazine.

In the interview, Jidenna said as quoted: “I don’t think I could be with any woman who did not know how to cook jollof rice.”



While on the on the 4-day visit, he also was on Beat FM’s 96.9 ‘Morning Rush’ show and he talked about his music, forthcoming debut album launch, “Long Live The Chief” and collaboration with American Singer, Janelle Monae.

The self-dubbed dandy took time to talk everything from his musical influences, Nigerian upbringing, and dating. According to the handsome 31-year old bachelor, he is currently not in a relationship and describes relationship as a flower whose owners need time to water and nurture.


Jidenna Theodore Mobisson grew up in Enugu, where his father was a professor of Computer Science at the State University. His name, meaning “hold/embrace the father” quickly relates him to the Igbo tribe, even though he looks and sounds nothing like a typical Igbo man.

His family moved to Boston in 1995 and he studied Sound Engineering at Stanford University and later Ritualistic Arts. According to him, his dressing is greatly influenced by the traditional West African designs in collaboration with European styles.