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Baby Ryan has Arrived! Laura Ikeji & husband Ogbonna Kanu welcome First Child



Fashion entrepreneur, Laura Ikeji and her husband Ogbonna Kanu welcome their first child, Ryan. Proud aunt, Linda Ikeji announced the good news on her Instagram page 30 minutes ago with the photo and caption below:

My adorable sister @lauraikeji just had her baby…a son named Ryan. Big congrats to her and her husband and to us??? happy aunt. Can’t keep calm…???


  1. Fast cars

    July 20, 2017 at 7:16 am

    She was very bubbly during her pregnancy. Congrats to her.
    Pls what’s with all these Ryan, Jayden, Sean, Nathan, Nicole, Jason names. These names now are the most popular names in Naija. If you doubt me, walk into any primary school in Lagos and listen to their roll call.

    • Gboromideleru

      July 20, 2017 at 7:52 am

      What’s your business about that? Have your own baby and name him/ her whatever you want. Congrats o jare, Aunty Linda.

    • Proudly African

      July 20, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I wonder. Low class africans most guilty. A people so ashamed of their heritage. Look around .The most educated and posh folk dont ever have first english names. I mean real calibre o regardless of how many years abroad. Kemi adeosun, Chinua achebe, wole soyinka, chimamanda, etc.

      Congrats to the new mum.

    • Fear God...

      July 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

      You realise that 40 years ago, your grandparents were wondering what the problem was with people naming their children Gladys and Benneth and Donald and Comfort and all the other names that our parents were given at the time. There is such a thing as changing with the times and this is it. While maintaining your own preferences, allow others room to exercise their rights to name their children what they want. Even if that name is ‘Holy Ghost Fire’!

    • Nuna

      July 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

      I dont see how its your business what people name their children

    • Jay

      July 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Fast cars Nathan, (Nathaniel) is actually a Biblical/Hebrew name = Gift from God.

  2. Chic

    July 20, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Congratulations to the ever bubbly Laura and her husband. Welcome baby Ryan. Laura is such a happy child.

    • Proudly African

      July 21, 2017 at 4:23 am

      Was she bubbly and happy before free money entered her life? Anyone with such money go dey bubbly and happy na?
      Its the money doing all the happiness work not her abeg make she shift with her constant unsolicited talk

  3. Emannuel

    July 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Congratulations., but I beg which one be Ryan. Is that a Nigerian name or biblical.? Please help us. 0000000. Oyinbo no they bear our names, but we Nigerians out of inferiority complex, we start changing our names to foreign ones.. We did the same thing with music before God break us from that shackle. It’s okay on the surface level but deeply it is frighten and worrying.

    • africhic

      July 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Her name is Laura, why would she have reservations about naming her son Ryan. #staywoke

    • thegirl

      July 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Lead by example,Mr. EMANNUEL!

    • Ngozi

      July 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

      …and your name is Emmanuel

    • Hebrew

      July 20, 2017 at 10:13 am

      If your real name is Emmanuel then are you Hebrew? We know how these things work but I guess some of us just want to ask questions for the sake of asking. Nigerian normally have one English name and a lot of other Native names, of which the English name and the one of the Native names are used as the official names. Sometimes the main name is the Traditional one.

    • Olanma

      July 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Emmanuel is Biblical though, not English.

  4. Empress

    July 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Finally ROK is here…. A big congratulations to the couple especially to beautiful Laura.


    July 20, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Congrats to the family.
    So where are those ignorant, bitter busybodies that were so sure that Amara Kanu didn’t want to be associated with the Ikeji’s because Laura was not at the book launch? At a time that Laura and her hubby were probably in the labour room in another country? Where una dey? Please come to the comment section and tell us that Amara and Nwankwo are not even in the the baby picture just posted.
    I have no connection with the family but I almost cried reading those comments. That was how BN posted a harmless picture of Laura during her sister’s house warming party and some (actually many) BNers tore her into shreds. On that day I read some of the most hateful comments ever. It was so bad that BN deleted the post..
    I don’t understand why some people would so bitter about someone they know nothing about.

    • Proudly African

      July 20, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Relevance of your comment pls?

    • ***

      July 20, 2017 at 10:39 am

      @proudly african, I nearly choked on my drink…lol

    • RME

      July 20, 2017 at 11:16 am

      @Proudly, :stop being dense please

  6. ajayi oluwabukola

    July 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Congrats laura nd ogbonna

  7. Name your child

    July 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Whose business is it if I name my child Theodore Roosevelt? You can name your child shokolobangoshe if you like. It will balance the attendance register out at school.

    • lin

      July 20, 2017 at 11:33 am

      heheeheheheheheee. my God! I swear, you just kicked me out of depression this thursday with your comment oooo

  8. Chinny

    July 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

    @Beautiful names if you ask me. Not bad for the post millenials. Remember when it used to be Divine, Marvellous, Miracle, Godsown, Testimony lol. Well, years from now these Jason-Jayden ones in vogue will seem overused and a new cycle of names will begin. Every generation will have their story and their names.. Such is life. I mean, can you believe there was a time Elizabeth and Cynthia were cool names – for the baby boomers? It comes and goes

    Congrats LAura!

    • BeeBee

      July 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Please oh hold your corner mscheew! Elizabeth and Cynthia are still cool names, they are not ‘trendy’ names, these are names that transcend time. Respectful names, thank you!

    • shijuanuwomiolugbala

      July 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      haha..Like Sandra, Precious,.Anita ,blessing at bebelo.

  9. m

    July 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

    wow congrats laura,I pray to have mine soon

  10. Me

    July 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Igbo people and their hatred for Igbo names. At least they didn’t name him, ‘Evarestus’ or something downright ridiculous like that.

    • nene+

      July 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Since you had to call Igbos, know that they are majorly Christians and so would name their Children Christian names as you would find prevalent such as John,Joseph,Elizabeth etc. Same way you find in Islam Rasheedat, Kazeem,Yusuf,Waheed,Aisha, Ibrahim, etc. You can have yours and name him or her Amafioha or Sango it is your business!
      Congrats Ogbonna and Laura!

    • Ema

      July 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Lol . Or “worship”. Or “Promise” . Or ” miracle” or “testimony”, or “precious” ??????

      When i hear you bear such names. I just place you mentally in the razz dossier. ???.
      I was raised not to adjudge people with english (biblical or not ) first names kinda razz. Sorry me loves. Till now.
      Look around you. How many people with real pedigree do you see bearing english first names? Chimamanda, wole soyinka, chinua achebe, kofi duncan, somkele, kemi adetiba etc

      Whatever rocks ur boat. And makes you happy but i find it really tacky

    • The Real Oma

      July 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Igbo people hate Igbo names? That is a first!
      I know many give their children Christian names, note not necessarily biblical, since many opt for Catholic saints whose names you will not find in the bible.
      But most that i know retain their Igbo names and prefer to be called by it.
      Having said that, the first and perhaps only Evaristus i knww was a Yoruba man, God rest his soul.

    • chai!

      July 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Igbo people have suffered sha.! Evaristus sounds like a Catholic name and since igbos are predominantly catholics, their baptismal names sound like Evaristus etc. You people should take it easy. Welcome to the world baby Ryan.

    • Realist

      August 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Erastus Akingbola?

  11. nene+

    July 20, 2017 at 11:50 am


  12. Bowl

    July 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Baby come fine well well !

  13. Mummybobo

    July 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Baby is so biggg wow, like he is 3months already, see his chest cute

  14. Chinny

    July 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    @beebee They are respectful names but the baby boomers owned it. Welcome to generation z.

  15. Arin

    July 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    The world we live in is evolving. Why is this such a big deal? I take it that those complaining do not know anyone with surnames like Eric Moore, Savage, Doregos, Doherty, Reis or Salvador. I say all of this to say, a lot of these people usually also have peculiar English first names. Shoot my great great grandfather’s name was Joao, so why are yall complaining? This is not new. Leave them alone biko.

    • Proudly African

      July 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Surname shows you are a returnee slave descendant. Its kinda like your heritage. Even your parents have no control over that. And it has come to be classy.???
      In spite of that fela anikulapo threw it away. But first name? Hell hell no. Plain plain razz!.

  16. jinkelele

    July 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    No such thing as a Christian name. That’s a fallacy.

  17. ufuoma

    July 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    People, the terms ”Bible name” or ”Christian name” or ”Muslim name” Are Misnomers, the names we see in the bible came from the language of the People who Contributed to the bible and those whose life histories were recorded. So these names are actually from Hebrew,Aramaic or Possibly even Greek, same goes for ”Muslim names” these are names from the Arabic Language. So These are not ALL actually ”English Names” as we call bible based names.
    Excuse the Long Rant, but it is kind of a pet peeve of mine listening to people ask so what is Your English Name, Please Just say what is your middle name or your non Nigerian name.

  18. Isabella

    July 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Congratulations to Laura ???
    I love her much
    Happy beautiful child

  19. Ibiso

    July 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I’m so surprised why people worry about such things besides it’s the sole right of the parents to decide what the child is named. At least try and know the meaning of the name and be happy for them rather than asking why the name isn’t Nigerian.

  20. nnenne

    August 4, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    All my family members born outside Nigerian shores have Igbo names! Don’t know what some people are talking about here!

    Congratulations to mom and baby.

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