Jidenna (Jidenna Mobisson) is a Nigerian-American singer. His mother is American and dad Nigerian. Born in Wisconsin, Jidenna attended Milton Academy in the US. In secondary school, Jidenna was in a rap group, producing music. Thereafter he attended Stanford University and obtained a degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
He turned professional shortly after acquiring a degree. Wondaland Records, owned by, Janelle Monae signed him. He then released ‘Classic Man’ (2015) from the Wondaland EP 'The Eephus'. The song received widespread acclaim and airplay in the US, entering the charts.
The song’s success transferred to Nigeria. An interview where Jidenna made remarks about being (and feeling) threatened in Nigeria because of his biracial parentage caused an uproar on social media, with the artist receiving harsh criticism. He later apologised.
A second single ‘Yoga’ was released by the artist shortly after 'Classic Man'. In 2016, he presented a BET humanitarian award to Akon.