Nicki Minaj, the renowned rapper and singer, has never been shy about expressing her love and gratitude towards her family. Over the years, she has purchased numerous lavish gifts for her loved ones, including a Mercedes-Benz, a beautiful home, and several cars. However, despite the opulence of these presents, Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, revealed that her favorite gift remains her home. Maraj explained, “I love my home. [Nicki] was born in Trinidad [and] came here at 5-years old. So to see her become this major success is amazing.”
Fans of Nicki Minaj might recall her 2010 track, “I’m the Best,” where she rapped about her humble beginnings and her desire to give back to her mother. The lyrics vividly portray her journey, stating, “I remember when I couldn’t buy my mother a couch/ Now I’m sittin’ at the closin’ bought my mother a house.” In fact, MTV even featured the Long Island real estate purchase on a docuseries about Minaj’s life in the same year. This heartfelt gesture showcased her unwavering love and appreciation for her mother.
Carol Maraj is not just a proud mother; she is also a remarkable individual who has dedicated her life to helping others. As the founder of the Carol Maraj Foundation, she focuses on supporting women who have experienced domestic violence. Recently, she was honored at the non-profit Women Who Influence’s Pink Apple Brunch & Awards in Brooklyn for her outstanding work in this field. The foundation, established in 2013, stands as a testament to her passion for making a difference in the lives of those who have suffered.
Reflecting on her unexpected journey, Maraj expressed her joy for her daughter’s success while emphasizing her own unique aspirations. She stated, “I never expected this, raising my children here in the States, that my daughter would become this big superstar. I love that my daughter is so successful and glad that she has a platform – but I have my own passion and drive. It’s really nice to know that I’m different.”
Maraj, as a mother of three, always placed great importance on education and instilling a strong work ethic in her children. She explains, “I insisted that my children go to school… and make the best of it when they came to the States.” Maraj’s determination stems from her own experiences, having pursued a career in nursing. She firmly believes in the power of hope and resilience and strives to inspire women facing hardships with her own story. Encouraging them to never give up, she states, “It’s not over.”
In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Carol Maraj is extending her creativity into the fragrance industry. She has been working on a new fragrance called “Heaven Scent,” further showcasing her versatility and desire to explore new avenues. Moreover, Maraj’s remarkable journey and achievements have caught the attention of Gabrieline Reece, the founder of Women Who Influence. The organization recently hosted its awards ceremony at Blondale Desrosiers’ Brooklyn events venue, Space 2Sixty, honoring Maraj for her significant contributions.
The story of Nicki Minaj and Carol Maraj is one of love, generosity, and personal growth. Through her expensive gifts, Minaj has demonstrated her deep affection for her family. Meanwhile, Maraj’s unwavering support and dedication to helping others have made her an influential figure in her own right. Together, they serve as an inspiration for individuals to appreciate their roots, embrace their passions, and make a positive impact on the world.