Born August 5, 1967 at Onitsha, Nigeria. He is the third of six children. Arrived in United States, 1971 just after the Nigeria-Biafra civil war with his Nigeria-American parents as a toddler. His father was a pathology professor and his mother was a librarian. He is grandson of Robert R. Olisa Atamanya Nzedegwu II, and grandson [three times removed] of Atamanya Nzedegwu I both of Ossomari in Nigeria. His aunt [two times removed] was Omu Okwei the Merchant Queen of Onitsha in Nigeria.