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Robert Maraj biography: 10 things about Nicki Minaj’s father

Robert Maraj was a Dougla man. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. His father is Indo-Trinidadian. (a)
  2. His mother is Afro-Trinidadian. (a)
  3. He was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. (b)
  4. He was a financial executive and a part-time gospel singer. (a)
  5. He was married to Carol Maraj, a gospel singer of Afro-Trinidadian descent. (c)
  6. He and Carol have two sons namely Jelani Maraj and Micaiah Maraj and three daughters namely Maya Maraj, Onika Tanya Maraj and Ming Maraj. Onika Tanya is a rapper professionally known as Nicki Minaj. (d)
  7. When he and Carol moved from Trinidad and Tobago to the United States in 1987, they settled in Queens, New York. (e) 
  8. He was an alcoholic and a drug addict, Minaj said in 2012. He eventually went to rehab then started to go to church with Carol, according to their daughter. (e)
  9. At around 6:15 p.m. on February 12, 2021, he was walking along a road in Mineola on Long Island when he was hit by a car. He was taken to a hospital while the driver of the car fled the scene. (f)
  10. On February 13, 2021, he was pronounced dead in the hospital. He died at the age of 64. (f)



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