Introducing Bim Fernandez – The Nigerian Billion-Dollar Heiress is ready to take on Rihanna

BIM in her bedroom with Picasso drawing

BIM in her bedroom with Picasso drawing

Since it was published on the web, the New York Post story on Nigerian heiress Abimbola “Bim” Fernandez has been racking up major hits.

The article by Gregory E. Miller titled “Meet the Nigerian heiress who wants to be the next Rihanna” is the official debut of the daughter of “Nigerian gemstone tycoon Antonio Deinde Fernandez, who Bim says is worth a staggering $8.7 billion.” Born in France in 1988, Bim was educated in the UK and the USA.

You can read the complete article via the New York Post HERE. See excerpts below.

At Home with Bim
Bim welcomes the Post into her swanky Manhattan home, “Relaxing in the corner of her couch, she delivers a running commentary on her apartment’s notable décor — besides the Picasso, there’s an original Dr. Seuss painting her mother gave her as a child, a family picture with Kofi Annan and a photo with Nelson Mandela, whom she called “Uncle Mandela,” having known him since she was a kid.”

Fernandez Family with Icon Nelson Mandela

Fernandez Family with Icon Nelson Mandela

Education & Music
Fernandez first got interested in music at age 4 — her parents made her perform violin for them in the music room every Sunday. She picked up guitar at age 13 at boarding school. She left Oxford Brookes University after one month because in her words “Everyone was way too snobby — I couldn’t do it,” Fernandez says of her unhappy few weeks there.

Her Late Mom inspired her to pursue a music career
It was after Bim’s mother, Aduke, died last year that Bim finally decided to pursue her dream of stardom and step up her game as a tribute to her mom.

Music & Reality Show
She sealed a deal with SMH Records in November, and a reality-TV pilot titled “Gold Blooded” about her life is in final negotiations for pickup by a major network, according to her label’s co-owner, Michael A. Smith. The iTunes release of “Let’s Take It Naked,” a flute-infused, bubble-gum dance-floor jam, is expected soon.

Bim and her Dad - Antonio Deinde Fernandez

Bim and her Dad – Antonio Deinde Fernandez

Her Dad’s Thoughts on Her Career Choice
It’s little surprise, then, that Fernandez’s father is not vetting any of this — he’s always encouraged his family to be highly private, don’t-talk-to-the press kind of people.
“He’s terrified because I’m his baby — especially with [me] revealing [my] wealth, and me being alone in the country, he’s terrified of someone kidnapping me and holding me for ransom,” she says. “He also just doesn’t want people taking advantage of me because I have been very sheltered my whole life.”

Very interesting. Check out Photos Below.

BIM in her livingroom with Dr. Seuss print and jewelry

BIM in her livingroom with Dr. Seuss print and jewelry

BIM's dog Napoleon

BIM’s dog Napoleon

BIM in her livingroom with Dr. Seuss print and her dog Napoleon

BIM in her livingroom with Dr. Seuss print and her dog Napoleon

Photo Credit: Rene Cervantes / New York Post | Fernandez Archive

78 Comments on Introducing Bim Fernandez – The Nigerian Billion-Dollar Heiress is ready to take on Rihanna
  • Deevah January 22, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Ok.. Goodluck then

  • Casablanca January 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Why are you in a competition with Rihanna?….Is she the best?…common be urself!

    • AsHaNI January 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      abeg help me ask? don’t even see the spring board for
      comparison? maybe African beyonce>>seyi shay

  • Quirky January 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

    The constant need for more.. you were blessed with the wealth.. now get the fame. why does her dad have a Mexican name though?

    • Aibee January 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

      A lot of Lagosians from Isale-Eko and some Abeokuta indigenes have Brazilian/English names e.g. Da-Silva, Da-Costa, Fernandez, Cardoso, Taylor etc. Relics of the slave trade and the white man’s foray into African waters.

      • January 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        Thanks for this, I did some research on this a few years ago and found this to be true.

      • itsjustme January 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

        yes very true

  • desmon 2 d G January 22, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Good one….you just have to try hArd

  • choco January 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Be your own original BIM, yes you can!

  • Aibee January 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I’m sure Bim is probably very talented, given the slew of instruments and training she’s had over this years. However, the pictures in this Article leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
    Bim and Picasso, Bim and Dr. Seuss painting. I do not begrudge anyone their wealth – whether inherited or laboured for. I however believe modesty and discretion to be very valuable virtues in any human being.
    Good luck Bim in trying to be like Rihanna. You’ll definitely need it to beat Riri at a game she was born into.

    • i no send January 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

      @ aibee..i concur absolutely

    • Bella January 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

      My dear I AGREE with you wholeheartedly. Riri wasn’t born with a drop of Bims wealth. What I have often realised is that the people that are never born with a golden spoon in their mouth are always ready and willing to work and play hard at their success. People mostly born into wealth are a bit different, think of platters served at their feet. Well I hope for her sake her wealth is different and now that she has exposed her fathers net worth, all the best, do not that Riri had nothing when she started, hunger drove her to her limits that she is in now. Its never a good idea to compare yourself to anyone, be you, the universe is big enough to accommodate all talents or lack thereof. Happy mid-week.

  • no heart to hate January 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Wishing u the very Best, but be your self

  • Monalisa January 22, 2014 at 9:02 am

    shes beautiful..but d paintings r ugly..picasso , dr seuss.. Bim pls b urself ok, am sure ur talented n all, dnt try to b rihanna, u never will b..goodluck

  • S! January 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Baby girl I could be your Chris Brown!

    • whocares January 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm


      • Ada Nnewi January 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm


      • AA January 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        HA!!! Nice one!!!!! Gold digger

  • Vanessa January 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

    With all the emphasis on the paintings, I thought she wanted to be a great painter. There is something about Art. Those paintings look ugly, yet they worth a fortune. O di egwu o.

  • Grace January 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

    smh…..I hope she will be able to deliver that is what we wanna hear….i aint concern about her wealth….give us what u got…:)

    • AREA CODE January 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Deliver?that no one can guarantee, these kids need to stop equating what daddy’s money can buy to their talents or ability, you have a whole list of artists with years of experience all lined up to perform just 2 seconds for you and your family’s pleasure it is not beans!!! @bim take cue from other rich kids and stick to fashion or join dads company has head of something or own a art gallery and show case real talents work in the process also become a philanthropist and please steer clear of anything that would upset the neurotransmitter in your pretty brain.

  • Felinda1 January 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

    The fact that you are even saying you in competition with rihanna, tells me you have failed before you begun. Why rihanna. Why cant you be yourself. Rich people and their air head sheltered kids. Now that youve gone public they are some fake people out there to haunt you down pretend to be friends. Listen to ya father.

  • Toto January 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

    its really obvious she”s been sheltered all her life!, Experience they say is the best teacher. Fingers crossed, but hey! go and ask rihanna what she’s been thru. You might just have a re-think and keep enjoying your beautiful life. $ 8.7 b?? . AH!. Im scared o!

  • Errr January 22, 2014 at 9:52 am

    You might as well carry a sign that says ‘KIDNAP ME’ maybe one of those CAR people who have had to live in poverty while other people promote wars in order to constantly have easy and cheap access to blood diamonds will have a thing or 2 to say about this article.

  • S January 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

    The first picture in the blue lace dress and the blue trimmed kimono is everything and could have done it all as for promo shots. You didn’t need the other one…the pug is super cute too. Taking over Rihanna, I hope you meant that in fame and endorsements but if you mean by talent hmmm sha add lots of half naked to naked photos every other week either on a magazine cover or instagram… You have the wealth that most people go into the business for, you should’ve quietly used it to build your fame. Pay your way through to the media so the world could see your talent. Reality show then Rihanna take-over hmmm…hold your Bible close, cos the fame demons are on the loose (look at Miley)…

  • bittibatta January 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

    this girl better be careful. she doesn’t sound like she know what she is doing.

  • new bride January 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Rihanna loun loun? Ok o!

    I hoope she knows that Rihanna debuted in 2005, almost 10 years ago and has worked extra hard to remain on top.

    Goodluck with waking up one day and deciding you want to take on Rihanna!

  • Mz Socially Awkward… January 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

    So, when Tatler did that feature on the newly spotlighted young Nigerians born into wealth, these are the children I thought they were going to be writing about.

    Antonio Diende Fernandez is her dad, you say? Nigerian gemstone tycoon worth a staggering $8.7 billion, you say?? Let me go and find out more.

    • January 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Sis, I hear you, couldn’t agree more, rushed to google.

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hmmm. I hope she knows her father’s concerns are valid.

  • Online13 January 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

    @ Mz Socially Awkward…….. i also thought they where the ones i will be reading in the Tatler article.

  • Hannah January 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    BIM, you want to be like RiRi ? better get ready to show us more half naked pictures. silly girl , you don’t know what you want. you beta be yourself.

  • june January 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

    na wa oh. why must people bring bad belle into everything. the girl said she wants to be like rihanna in the sense that to her, rihanna is an epitome of musical success. in other words, she wants to be successful in music. there is no comparison or taking down going on here. all i can see is someone who wants to succeed in something she’s passionate about. and to those complaining about the pictures, that is your own headache. i strongly believe: if you have it(and you did not steal it), flaunt it.

  • Thatgidigirl January 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    My dear oooh! Just read the guy made his first million dollars when he was 18. Tatler needs to do more investigation before writing, this is the real “gold blood’ not those princess and prince of some kingdom somewhere in the amazon bush….not that i won’t mind their money sha, okbye.

  • Jo! January 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    “Uncle Mandela” ko, famzer oshi

    • curious January 22, 2014 at 11:32 am


    • Jennifer January 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Smh. You’d be alright.

    • January 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm


    • AsHaNI January 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      calm down (-_-) you have your uncle ”jona” to famzz

      • Purpleicious Babe January 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

        loooool oo

    • Fashionista January 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Don’t mind her! Shebi if someone is really your uncle, I would imagine she would have referred to him as “Uncle Nelson” na? Mandela is his last name no?

  • yostic January 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    please, where is the song?

  • Chu-Chu January 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Lmao @famzer Oshi..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • FunkyW January 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Lol why are you so burnt? At least the picture speaks for the reason to call him Uncle.

  • Hmmmm January 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Nigerians never disappoint

  • Nok10 January 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Heya so her mum Erelu Fernandez has passed on – RIP to her o. I remember the nasty divorce case back in the 2000s, Erelu was awarded one of the highest divorce settlements in the United Kingdom back then. Ambassador Fernandez is on a whole different level when it comes to wealth, no be nouveau rich, the guy na old money. He has his own island in Lagos, thats where his estate is, and he’s got loads of homes across the globe. After reading this though, the source of his wealth is a bit questionable since he made his money from gemstones………back then people weren’t well informed on the issue of blood diamonds.

    • Aibee January 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Erelu Abiola Dosunmu isn’t her mum. Erelu is still vet much alive. Her Mum is the late Aduke Fernandez. IF you knew so much about the divorce case between Erelu and Fernadez, you’d have known the case wasnt in the 2000s, more like 90s and you’d have also known that Dehinde Fernandez got a Court Order preventing Erelu from using his name after the divorce which is why she bears Erelu Abiola Dosumu.

      • Nok10 January 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        Eeer her mum also has the Erelu title get your facts straight dearie. Her mum divorced Fernandez in the 2000s – it made the headlines. Fernandez and Erelu story naa long one – Fernandez disputes he was ever married to her. He actually put out newspaper ads out back then distancing himself from Erelu Abiola Dosunmu – it got so messy Erelu published pictures of them together. By the way educate yourself small Erelu is a title not a name!

    • Anon January 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Aibee, Nok10 is very correct. She’s on the money.

      • AsHaNI January 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        are you both family members of the fernandez? this one that
        una know the intoto gist!

  • Grown Woman January 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Why Rihanna now?ah please be your self BIM…you are a beautiful for Riri no comments with those nude pictures n poses on IG lol

  • dram January 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Loll @ famzer Oshi lol hope her music is good tho ,she’s beautiful

  • Girlie January 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Lovely! But really, who cares about ‘Dr Seuss print’here and there?. Wish her all the best!

  • African Sweetheart January 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Look forward to hearing her material.

  • Anon January 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Yesterday Cuppy, today Bim. Keep on trucking.

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Ridiculous quest there. What occurred after? Good luck!

  • dobz January 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Actually, in 2007 Fernandez came out and said he never married Erelu and he stopped her from using his name

  • Olive January 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Seriously…Seriously. I am not bitter but why does BN only glorify the rich who claim to have talent? Why aren’t these rich people having initiative projects to provide scholarships? Or lobby with the government to provide better health care. In China, the combined wealth of about twenty of their Billionaires can solve many issues pertaining to poverty in the world. Talk less of Nigeria where people are stinkingly rich. If I had daddy’s money and power, I would enjoy it, but I would be smart about it. I will create my own identity that defines and improves my generation. This is Bim girl is completely ignorant. She sold her name to several mid-to-lower level news agencies to garner publicity and BN and LindaIkeji bought the bait that the girl actually has game (which she lacks). As others have said, don’t compare yourself to Rihanna. She came from scrap. Now at least she gives back to her community. Find another hobby my dear.

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    …i was expecting a sampling of her voice/singing na :-/.

  • amaka January 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    If i catch that dog eh……..

  • Mizz Concerned. January 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    If this chick had any sense, she’d understand that the general public will naturally resist her entry into the music industry simply because they will say that the only reason she is relevant is because of her wealth. If I was her, I would try and build an identity which is separate from my father’s wealth and influence. I would do everything to separate myself from that because I know people would naturally hate on me because of that reason. Because she has built such a high expectation of her music, you can trust that we will be extremely judgemental of her music once she releases it. It better be the bomb! I trust my Naija pple oh! It would have been better for her to change her name and quietly release a banging track “anonymously” and let us decide if she is up to par with the ever talented Rhi Rhi’s! This PR campaign is so lame. I can’t wait to read the comments once she releases her first track. I sit back and await with a bag of popcorn in hand! LOL

    • Jane January 23, 2014 at 1:49 am

      This is money miss road! Instead of her to build her own empire and establish herself,she is using her fathers name as pr! Chaiiiiiiiii!

    • Jen March 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      your right. Julia Louis Dreyfus is a billionaire heiresss but no one knew that until she was very famous so they all respect her for it. I wish Bim good luck but when your launch to fame is with money, you either become famous and hated or dismissed.

  • titi January 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Yikes! read the original articles and the comments there!

  • nene January 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    see her blue contact lenses sef *smh*. her father is a bilionaire so she has the choice to be whatever she wants to be. money scatter everywhere…crazy money. this one is not a nigerian again oh, so nobody should claim her, she only has a nigerian name like chiwetel. her father doesn’t even live in nigeria.

  • Akpeno January 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Nor be by talking and taking pictures… start singing and
    performing make see! As my people say… atalk na do!

  • Imo Akinrele January 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I’m afraid she will never make it in the music business. If she was talented she would put her music in the forefront, not the fact that her father is rich. That has nothing to do with her ability or inability to sing. This is just an example of an over indulged rich kid using daddy’s money to act out her fantasy of being a superstar.

  • Coco January 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Imagine guys… ! Bim is a Baboon in one of our ethnic
    languages here here in Kenya.

  • Hi January 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    bim fernandez has her dad’s height and build. Good luck to
    her music ambition. 🙂

  • obi January 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

    she might want to start from somewhere maybe in the african music industry .. because rihanna did not just wake up one day to become rihanna

  • kenny January 23, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Unnecessary BS, BN. Their are better things to talk

    • e-bukun January 23, 2014 at 5:47 am

      yes, like the difference between “there” and

  • madamnk January 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    ewoo!! just listened to her song. Is this how she wants to be Rihanna? sister ejo, please abeg, don’t do this again…wow

  • Anessa Kowalsteh January 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Her father lives in Kano.
    Her mother left her father for her physical trainer!
    Her elder half sister is Teju Phillips.
    Ovation wrote that not me O!

  • Anessa Kowalsteh January 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Otunba Antonio Deinde Fernandez is also a PROUD OGBONI member!
    He does not lie!
    He is very proud of that association and has published photos in Ovation.
    Her mother meanwhile tried to get money from her dad after the divorce and he dealt with her properly!
    She did not get a dime! Physical trainer things!

  • HOPE March 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    sorry o.but i was just she the only child of fernandez?what makes her think all that money is for her?

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