Born Wyclef Jeanelle Jean on October 17, 1969, the Haitian American rapper, singer, record producer, and politician moved to the United States with his family when he was nine. He first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees.
Wyclef is multi-talented; he’s a rapper, a singer, a songwriter, a producer, an actor. He also plays the guitar, the piano, and the drums.
In 1994, he married Fusha designer Marie Claudinette. In 2005, they adopted their daughter, Angelina Claudinelle Jean. The couple renewed their vows in August 2009.
Jean’s efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized in 2010 throughout Haiti and the United States, were channeled through his charitable organization “Yele Haiti” and supported by donations from Jean’s Twitter followers, views of the MTV telethon Hope for Haiti and audiences for numerous benefit concerts and other events.
He was a Nigerian in Jeta Amata’s movie, Black November. The movie was screened at the recent UN General Assembly and those who saw the movie said Wyclef could pass for a Nigerian anyday. He said himself how well he practised to ensure his accent in the movie was totally Nigerian.
Wyclef recently published a book about his life titled the purpose where he revealed things about his past he’s not proud of.
Happy Birthday, Mr Wyclef Jean.