Abimbola Fernandez

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Abimbola Kaletu-Ade Fernandez (born May 25, 1989) is a Nigerian singer and socialite. She is the daughter of billionaire and Baron Ambassador Deinde Fernandez.[1]

Early life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Fernandez was born in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France [2] to Aduke Fernandez (née Sandra Inett Price), a businesswoman, and Antonio Deinde Fernandez, a gem tycoon and Ambassador.[3][4] From Hospital Americaine she was taken to the family home at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. A few months after she was taken to her parents renovated chateau, Chateau de Bois Feuillette [5] in PontPoint, France.[5] She was baptized in County Cork, Ireland. She is the youngest of 2 children: she has one sister, Atinuke Fernandez (b. 1984). Fernandez is half Nigerian and half Native American. Her paternal ancestry is a mix of Nigerian and Cuban. She is close family friends with world leaders such as Nelson Mandela [6] and Kofi Annan,[6] both which she grew up calling Uncle. Fernandez's God Parents are President Dos Santos of Angola [2][6] and his wife.

Fernandez moved between different schools and countries in her youth including France, Scotland and USA.[7]

Education[edit | hide | edit source]

Growing up in New York Fernandez attended Ridge Street Country School as a toddler, then moved to Rye Country Day School [2] in 1995. She then briefly attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland [2] in 1999. Fernandez spend a majority of her education at the boarding school Fettes College (notable alumni Tony Blair)[2] where she remained until graduation in 2007. Fernandez attended two different universities briefly. She studied video production at The Art Institute of New York City but left after a few months. In 2009 she attended Oxford Brookes University in England.[2]

Career[edit | hide | edit source]

Modeling

Fernandez modeled for Vivienne Westwood during Edinburgh Fashion Week. In 2009 her face was the album cover for platinum selling artist Cobra Starship's CD "Hot Mess".[8] She also modeled for the cover of the single "Good Girls Go Bad".[8]

Singing

Fernandez started singing in the choir at her school. She plays violin and guitar.[7] She started putting YouTube videos of her singing and playing guitar under the name "hiiibim" in her late adolescence. In 2009 Fernandez sang on the first track of Cobra Starships "Hot Mess" entitled "Nice Guys Finish Last". She launched a project in 2011 and sang under the name Madame Luxe with two friends from the Universal Records band Cash Cash. She recently collaborated with the Drop Dead Clothing sponsored artist Draper. Their song "Painting the sky" [9] was released February 1, 2012 on his debut EP. The song gained radio play on BBC radio 1 in the UK.

SMH Records

Fernandez signed with SMH Records [7][10] in October 2013. With the label she released two songs, “Lets Take It Naked” [7] and “Lipstick” - both produced by Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith.[11] Fernandez is featured on the SMH Record label compilation CD “Fear of a Pink Planet” under the group name Pink Grenade that is distributed through Universal Music Group.[12] Fernandez left SMH Records in November 2014.

Personal life[edit | hide | edit source]

Fernandez's mother died from colon cancer [13] in May 2013. She is a big supporter of colon cancer research.

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