Who is Samuel Soba?
Samuel Soba was born in December 1982, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio USA, and is best known as being the husband or ex-husband of singer Keri Hilson. There is a lot of mystery and rumor surrounding Samuel’s life, as no one has any clear picture of his identity.
The Net Worth of Samuel Soba
How rich is Samuel Soba? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in his numerous endeavors. His wealth has increased significantly thanks to the success of his wife/ex-wife Keri Hilson who has an estimated net worth at $25 million. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Relationship and Marriage
According to several sources, Samuel met Keri Hilson in 2002 at an event, and they started their relationship there; two years later the two married. Very little information is known about Samuel, including his childhood, family, education, career, and even his physical appearance is a mystery. Their wedding was kept private, and wasn’t covered by any media companies.
A few years later, Keri reportedly gave birth to a son yet this has never been confirmed either, as no pictures have circulated confirming the boy’s existence, and she has never made any statements regarding that time of her life. She has never revealed anything about Samuel either, and there have never been any photos of them together. Things became even more convoluted when Keri started dating National Basketball Association (NBA) player Serge Ibaka in 2012. Some sources believed that the singer was in an extra-marital affair; others believed that Samuel and Ibaka are the same person and just had different names. Yet there are too many contradictions and unknown facts to confirm any of the speculation.
Keri Hilson is a pop star, songwriter and actress, best known from beginning as a background vocalist for various artists. She mainly worked on the hip hop and R&B genre throughout her early career, although she signed a record deal at the age of 14 with the girl group D’Signe which soon disbanded. She went on furthering her education while working as a songwriter for popular artists including Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls. In 2006, she signed with the record label Mosley Music owned by Timbaland, and got her breakthrough the following year with the single “The Way I Are” which topped numerous charts.
In 2009, Hilson released her debut studio album entitled “In a Perfect World…”, which debuted in the fourth spot of the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified gold and spawned numerous hit singles including “Knock You Down”, plus earning two Grammy Award nominations. She released her second album – “No Boys Allowed” – the following year, which included the platinum single “Pretty Girl Rock”, since when, she hasn’t released any new music, focusing on other endeavors such as charity work, and making her acting debut in the film “Think Like a Man” released in 2012.
A Case of Mistaken Identity – Serge Ibaka
Keri started a relationship with NBA player Serge Ibaka, leading to a lot of confusion in terms of who Samuel Soba is. If she started a relationship with the professional basketball player, then it meant that she was not married at all, having an affair, or that she was already divorced. However, the lack of any information regarding Samuel points to a possibility that his identity was probably created using traces of information that have never been confirmed by Hilson.
Due to this, all online information about Soba points to Ibaka, who is of Congolese-Spanish descent and plays for the NBA team, the Toronto Raptors. He was selected as the 24th overall pick during the 2008 NBA Draft, and is a three time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection; he has led the league twice in blocks during his career. The two stayed together until 2016 when both confirmed that their relationship was over. While many believe that Serge and Samuel might be the same person, there still remains points of contradiction.
— Samuel Soba (@SaleemASAP) June 15, 2013
Contradictions and Social Media
The first contradiction between Serge and Samuel is that they were born in different countries and on different dates. Online sources state that Samuel stands at a height of 5ft 9ins, meaning he’s nowhere near the height of the NBA player. The wedding date is also a contradiction to the relationship between Ibaka and Hilson. Some sources state that Samuel was brought up during the Second Congo War, but it is likely that they just mixed up information between him and Ibaka, as he was never born in Congo.
There is also no social media or online presence that confirms that Samuel is actually a person who exists. Many believe that Keri set up the information to confuse the public and the media, so that they’ll never figure out too much about her private life. This is a possible reason as to why she has never commented on who Soba is, and why she doesn’t bother to confirm it anyway. The situation comes as a benefit for her, as it is difficult for people in the entertainment industry to keep their private lives away from the ever watching media.