Carol Maraj Biography
(Mother of Rapper and Pop Singer Nicki Minaj)
Birthday: December 24, 1959 (Capricorn)
Born In: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
Carol Maraj is a Trinidad and Tobago-born singer. Despite accumulating some recognition in the industry, she is best known as the mother of rapper and pop singer Onika Tanya Maraj, who is popular by her stage name, Nicki Minaj. Originally from Saint James, Carol grew up in a family that was financially better off than the neighbours. She was educated at St Agnes Anglican Primary School and then at Tranquillity Government Secondary School. She had a turbulent childhood as her brother suffered from acute mental illness and was violence-prone. When she was 20 years old, she married Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer. In the next few years, her children were born and she held several jobs, including as an accounting clerk and a foreign exchange teller. Robert was an alcoholic and drug addict and once tried to set their house on fire. She moved to New York in the 1980s and raised her children there. Maraj has been a gospel singer for much of her life. In 2019, she released her first pop single, ‘What Makes You’.