Christina Yamamoto (born February 18, 1968) is a 54 year-old American former art instructor better known as the mother of American singers and songwriters Mila J and Jhene Aiko.
Christina only became a topic because of the niche that her daughters have carved in the entertainment industry. Here is more about the mother of the two singers.
Christina Yamamoto was Born and Raised in California
Christina Yamamoto was born on February 18, 1958, in Inglewood, California, in the United States of America. Based on her place of birth, she is an American citizen and has a mixed ethnicity comprising Japanese-American, Creo-Dominican, Spanish, and Afro-American races.
Yamamoto was born to Essie Pecot, a Creo-Dominican, Spanish, and Afro-American, and Tadashi Yamamoto, a Japanese-American. Her father was born in Hawaii in the late 1930s but moved to America with his parents at the age of three during World War II. He spent the rest of his years in the United States until he died.
Details about what her mother does for a living and where she is have not been disclosed. Despite being private about her family, she has two older sisters and a younger brother. The names of her siblings or what they are up to have been kept under shade.
Though her daughters have brought her to the limelight, Christina Yamamoto prefers to keep away from the media. There are no details of her educational background or the location of the schools that she attended. She is reportedly a former art instructor, but what she has her hands on recently isn’t known.
Jhene Aiko’s Mother Has Been Met With Divorce Twice
Christina Yamamoto was reportedly married to a mystery man. There is not much information about her first ex-husband or when she got married to him. Also, the details of how long the marriage lasted and the reason for the divorce were not disclosed. Christina and her mystery husband did not welcome any children together.
After her divorce, she picked up her pieces and moved on. She met her second husband, Dr. Karamo Chilombo, a Pediatrician, in 1979. They dated for a year and got married in 1980 in a micro-wedding with just their family members in attendance.
Their marriage lasted just 20 years before it came to an end in the year 2000 after welcoming five children. According to some reliable sources, Christina Yamamoto and Dr. Karamo remained separated until their divorce was finalized in 2019. Neither she nor her second ex-husband has come out to state the reason for their divorce.
Christina has not remarried since her divorce from her second ex-husband, Dr. Karamo. She has kept details of her relationship life off the radar. Though the doctor has not remarried since his divorce, he has been in relationships with other women. He has also welcomed three more children from his relationships with other women.
A Glimpse At Dr. Karamo Chilombo
Dr. Karamo Chilombo was born Gregory Wycliff Barnes on December 1, 1944, in Compton, California, United States. While he is an American citizen based on his place of birth, he is of a mixed ethnic background, including Native American, German-Jewish, and Afro-American.
Dr. Karamo Chilombo obtained his basic and high school education in the USA. He earned two medical degrees from the University of California and the San Francisco School of Medicine. The doctor also attended the Cape Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He specialized as a pediatrician and has worked in several hospitals in the United States.
Asides from his career as a medical doctor, he is also a musician who ventured into music in his 20s. Some of his songs include Sounds of Mother Africa, Wish Our Love, and many others. He has also collaborated with his daughter, Jhene Aiko, in releasing songs like Oblivion, Surrender, and others.
His love for music and for the African culture made him change his name to Chilomba. The name means ‘wild beast,’ in Chewa, a language spoken by the Bantu tribe that lives in the far eastern part of Zambia, northwestern Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. The pediatrician also loves to dress in Jamaican attire to show his love for the people of Jamaica.
Christina Yamamoto Has Four Surviving Children With Dr. Karamo Chilombo
Having been married to Dr. Karamo for twenty years, Christina Yamamoto welcomed a total of five children with him. She has three daughters and two sons but lost one of her sons to cancer in 2012. Here is a glimpse at the estranged couples’ surviving children:
Miyoko Aminah-Khalil Chilombo
- Date of birth: March 30, 1981
- Age: 41 years old
- Occupation: Actress
Miyoko is the first child of the estranged couple and is currently carving a niche for herself in the acting industry. As much as she tries to keep details about herself private, her onscreen credits have defeated her efforts and have thrust her into the limelight.
She is notable for the 1991 movie, Kidssongs: Very Silly Songs. Miyoko has also been featured in other movies like Kidssongs: We Wish You A Merry Christmas and Kidssongs: Play Along Songs.
Jamila Aiko Aba Chilombo
- Date of birth: November 18, 1983
- Age: 39 years old
- Occupation: Songwriter, singer, and rapper
Jamila Aiko Aba Chilombo, popularly known by her stage name, Mila J, is the second child of Christina Yamamoto and Dr. Karamo. She was born on November 18, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
She started her music career as a songwriter and rapper in 1991. Mila J has worked with some American-based record labels like November Reign and TUG before signing with Universal Mowtown. She has released over 20 successful songs, which include No Breaks, Good Looki Out, Touch Me, and many others.
Jahi Tadashi Jelan Chilombo
- Date of birth: July 4, 1984
- Age: 38 years old
- Occupation: Disc Jockey
Jahi Tadashi is the third child and first son of Christina Yamamoto and her ex-husband. Currently 38 years old, he was born on July 4, 1984, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is also a lover of music and is thriving in his career as a disc jockey.
Jhene Aiko Efuru Chilombo
- Date of birth: March 16, 1988
- Age: 34 years old
- Occupation: Singer
Jhene Aiko is the last child of Christina and Dr. Karamo, born in Los Angeles, California, USA, on March 16, 1988. She is the most famous child out of the five children born by the ex-couples. Just like her other siblings, she shares a very strong bond with her mother since she grew up under her care after she divorced her father.
Jhene Aiko is a singer who started her career in music by featuring in the music videos of the R&B group B2K. After marketers and promoters at Sony and Epic Records claimed that she was rapper Lil’ Fizz’s sister just to thrust her into the limelight, she became famous. The singer is notable for her studio albums, Souled Out, Trip, and Chilombo. So far, she has won two awards for her songs.
Christina Yamamoto Lost Her Second Son, Miyagi Hasani Ayo Chilombo, To Cancer
- Date of Birth: July 7, 1986
- Date of Death: July 19, 2012
- Age at Death: 26 years old
Miyagi is the fourth child and second son of the ex-couple, born on July 7, 1986. A few years before his death, it was discovered that he had cancer. Despite the efforts of his family members to keep him alive, he gave up on July 19, 2012, a few days after his 26th birthday.
The whole family was devastated due to the loss. Jhene Aiko once revealed that she battled depression and was not in the right state of mind after her brother’s death. Though her mother never revealed her feelings then, she must have felt worse than her daughter, as it was the worst thing that could befall a mother.