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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Daughter Of Jamaican Reggae Star Becomes Queen In Nigeria

BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT: Chanel Chin with husband King Adbul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi

THE DAUGHTER of Jamaican reggae star Bobo Zaro has ascended Nigeria’s social ranks to be crowned queen following her marriage to King Adbul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi earlier this year.

According to The Jamaica Gleaner, Chanel Chin, 32, is now queen of the Iwo Kingdom.

The royal couple met in Canada where the king resided before ascending the throne.

After becoming king in November last year, he took the title of the Imperial Oluwo of the Iwo Kingdom.

Chin’s father, real name Ludlow Chin, is known for his hit single Pain, a collaboration with Contractor and Capleton.

In an interview with The Gleaner, the newly-crowned Queen shared her excitement at the opportunity to represent Jamaica.

She said: "My ancestors were taken away as slaves, but I have returned to Africa as a queen. One's destiny cannot be altered. As a young child, I always wanted to come to Africa, but didn't know how. I feel this is a great opportunity for black people worldwide to return to their home."

Our forefathers and ancestral mothers were cast away as slaves to never return, but I want Jamaicans everywhere to know that Africa is so nice. The culture and traditions are so rich and lovely. It's truly something every black person should come and experience."

Chin explained that as queen of Iwo land, some of her royal duties include being setting an example particularly for young girls and women in the community, including dressing modestly.

"No matter what I wear, my shoulders and full legs must be covered at all times. All of my clothes are custom made to match these requirements. Also, as queen, the king and I like to regularly visit the local schools in the community to remind the children of the importance of education and excelling in all areas of their school work and examinations," she said.

Challenges she admits she has had to navigate include mastering the native language, Yoruba and local delicacies.

"I know some words. Everyday, I am still learning. Another challenge is that the food is quite different from our mouth- watering Jamaican dishes."


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