Blonde, Blue Eyed Daughter Shock For Black Couple

20/07/2010 10:27 | Updated 22 May 2015

Like any new parents, Benjamin and Angela Ihegboro's sat and stared in wonder at their beautiful new daughter. 'She is beautiful, a miracle baby,' said her mum Angela, whilst her dad, Ben Ihegboro, 44, exclaimed 'What the flip?' before laughing: 'Is she mine?'

For blue eyed, blonde haired baby Nmachi has astounded the medical profession because her parents are black.

Benjamin and Angela, who are of Igbo Nigerian origin, already have two black children, daughter, Dumebi, two, and a son, Chisom, four. The couple moved to Britain five years ago, and to their knowledge have no white heritage.

Mr Ihegboro said that whilst he joked whether he was the father when he first saw Nmachi, he has no real doubts the baby is his, telling The Sun: ''My wife is true to me. Even if she hadn't been, the baby wouldn't have looked like that!'

Genetics experts - who say the baby is not albino - claim both parents would need some white ancestry to produce such a blonde haired child. Professor Bryan Sykes, head of human genetics at Oxford University said: 'In mixed race humans, the lighter variant of skin tone may come out in a child and this can sometimes be startlingly different to the skin of the parents. The hair is extremely unusual. Even many blonde children don't have blonde hair like this at birth.'

But he added: 'The rules of genetics are complex and we still don't understand what happens in many cases.'

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