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The number of people worldwide who Google the questions, “Where is Nicki Minaj from?”, and “Where was Nicki Minaj born?”, each month.

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Where Is Nicki Minaj From? Was She Born In America,
Trinidad Or India? 340,000 Fans Ask Google Each Year

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WHERE IS SHE FROM? Rap music celebrity Nicki Minaj's hair and beauty styles blur her ethnicity. As a result, thousands of Internet users per month ask where the rap star is from. In reality, she was born in Trinidad, not America or India, as many believe.

MUSIC STAR NICKI MINAJ's hair and beauty styles have blurred her ethnicity to such an extent that many of
her fans are not sure of her nationality and heritage, turning to Google for answers. By Ben Arogundade.

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WHERE IS NICKI MINAJ FROM? What country was she born in? America? India? Trinidad? Thousands of her fans are not sure. 28,500 of them, to be precise. That is the global number who, according to Google’s search stats, type the phrases, “Where is Nicki Minaj from?”, and “Where was Nicki Minaj born?” into the Internet browsers of their computers and mobile devices every month in search of the facts about her origins. This amounts to approximately 340,000 queries about the rap music star per year. Further, these figures are on the increase as more and more fans around the world continue to subscribe to her music and colourful, shape-shifting image.

TRINIDAD VIA INDIA
In reality, Minaj hails from Trinidad and Tobago. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, an area in the district known as the Port of Spain. Her parents are Trinidadians of African heritage, although her father, Robert Maraj, is also of South Asian (Indian) ancestry. The surname “Maraj” is a Hindu word derived from the term “Maharaj”, which means “great king”.

COMING TO AMERICA
Minaj lived on the island with her grandmother until the age of five, after which she moved to America with her mother, settling in the New York borough of Queens, where she was raised alongside her brothers Makiya and Jelani.

Minaj's South Asian heritage has an interesting history. Indians first arrived in Trinidad as contracted labourers in 1845. By 1917, 130,000 of them, mainly Hindu's, had settled there, with many of them forming relationships with the local Trinidadians. Nicki Minaj's heritage is but one of thousands of stories which trace their roots back to this era.

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NICKI'S ORIGINS: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, where rap music star and American Idol judge Nicki Minaj was born, and where spent the first five years of her life.

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