Djimon Hounsou's son is his exact mini-me in heartwarming pics from Africa
The Academy Award-nominated actor is currently visiting his motherland, Benin, in West Africa, and he took his only son with him. Kenzo Lee Hounsou once broke his dad’s heart after confessing he wanted a different skin color.
Djimon Hounsou, better known for the film “Amistad” and his supporting roles in recent movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Furious 7,” is currently in the middle of a special father-son trip to his native town in Cotonou, Benin, which is located in West Africa.
The 54-years-old has been sharing gorgeous pictures on Instagram in the company of his mini-me, Kenzo Lee. The boy is his 9-years-old son with Kimora Lee Simmons.
The former couple met in 2007 after Kimora ended her relationship with Russell Simmons, and they dated for five years. Even though the didn’t have an official wedding in the U.S, Kimora and Djimon participated in a traditional commitment ceremony in the summer of 2008 in Benin, but they clarified later it was just a symbolical ceremony.
In 2012, after months of rumors about the couple splitting up, Kimora confirmed through her social media that they were no longer a couple but she reassured fans that they remained as friends, and had no problem co-parenting their adorable son.
Djimon has always been present in Kimora’s life, whether is to celebrate birthdays or holidays, the entire family has a special bond.
Now, Hounsou is trying to give his son the opportunity to create a special relationship but with his native town.
The father-son duo has been enjoying Benin since July 8.
Walking around in casual outfits, enjoying pool-side, canoeing and even visiting Djimon’s first home in a village where there’s not asphalt, Kenzo seems to be having a good time with his handsome father.
Hounsou shared a photo where he and Kenzo are standing side by side in the middle of a dirt road, as he explained they were visiting the place where “all the dreams started.” Kenzo looked stylish wearing a white t-shirt with printed skulls and white pants with sunglasses, while Djimon went for a simple white t-shirt and black pants.
Fans immediately took to the actor’s comment section to shower the pair with praises and love. Instagram user @believezolo wrote “Honor our roots make as stronger persons and more beautiful! Well done,” and @christina_voynee added “It’s beautiful that Kenzo gets to experience where you’ve come from. I love that you’re showing him his African Culture!”
Is good to see Kenzo embracing his African roots, as Djimon revealed two years ago that he was heartbroken when the boy expressed some discomfort with the color of his skin.
Speaking to The Guardian about all the new black superheroes that have been taking over the screens, Djimon expressed it was time for some representation, and he said:
“Could you imagine my misfortune when my son told me, ‘I want to be light-skinned, so I can climb the walls like Spider-Man’ – just because he has seen Spider-Man and Batman and all these superheroes who were all white. The minute he said it, I was like, damn. My whole self was shattered. I was like, ‘wow, what sort of comeback do you have for this?’ It’s important to recognize yourself.”
We’re glad to see Kenzo enjoying his summer break in the company of his father as he gets to know a bit more about his roots and where Djimon comes from.