Her father is of Ghanaian heritage, while mother was Egyptian
Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah was born on the 23rd of June, 1960 at Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana into the family of Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. She is the first daughter of her family. She was compelled to leave Ghana with her mother and siblings following the 1966 military coup that overthrew her father, Kwame Nkrumah. The family were resettled in Egypt by the Egyptian government. After spending almost a decade in Egypt, she returned with her family to Ghana at the invitation of General Acheampong's National Redemption Council government.