Buku Abi (Joann Lee Kelly) Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Buku Abi Quick Info
Height5 ft
Weight55 kg
Date of BirthMarch 19, 1998
Zodiac SignPisces
Eye ColorDark Brown

Buku Abi is an American actress and singer who is widely known for being the daughter of the most successful singer, Robert Kelly. She has been separated from her father for several years and has spoken out against him. She has released numerous albums such as Don’t Call Me.

Born Name

Joann Lee Kelly

Nick Name

Buku Abi, Ariirayé

Buku Abi in an Instagram selfie as seen in April 2019
Buku Abi in an Instagram selfie as seen in April 2019 (Buku Abi / Instagram)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Chicago, Illinois, United States


Atlanta, Georgia, United States





Actress, Singer


  • Father – Robert Sylvester Kelly (Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer)
  • Mother – Andrea Lee (Dancer, Choreographer)
  • Siblings – Robert Kelly Jnr. (Younger Brother), Jaya Kelly aka Jay (Transgender Younger Brother) (Singer, Songwriter, Producer)


R&B, Hip Hop




912160 Records DK




5 ft or 152.5 cm


55 kg or 121 lbs

Buku Abi in a selfie as seen in October 2019
Buku Abi in a selfie as seen in October 2019 (Buku Abi / Instagram)

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Black (Natural)

She often tends to dye her hair dark brown, red, and blue.

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Buku Abi in a selfie in July 2019
Buku Abi in a selfie in July 2019 (Buku Abi / Instagram)

Distinctive Features

  • Thick Eyebrows
  • Fuller Lips
  • Tattoo on right thigh

Buku Abi Favorite Things

  • Style – Herself in a Dalmatian Sweatsuit
  • Person – Her Mother
  • Part of Nature – The Ocean
  • Hobby – Music

SourceInstagram, Chicago Suntimes, Instagram, Instagram, Instagram

Buku Abi as seen in July 2019
Buku Abi as seen in July 2019 (Buku Abi / Instagram)

Buku Abi Facts

  1. Abi wanted to use a name other than her birth name in her career. Initially, she went by the stage name “Ariirayé”. Then in 2016, she changed it to Buku Abi and has been known by that name ever since.
  2. In 1998, Abi appeared in the video for Céline Dion and R. Kelly’s duet, I’m Your Angel. The single was a huge hit, ranking number 1 in the United States.
  3. In 2000, she was featured in the official music video for R Kelly’s song, I Wish from the album TP-2.com.
  4. In 2015, Abi collaborated with her father, R. Kelly and recorded the song Wanna Be There in order to patch up their severed relationship. The song had appeared in R Kelly’s album, The Buffet.
  5. She released her debut R&B album, Don’t Call Me in 2019, which was produced by her brother Jay.
  6. Abi has spoken out against her father, following the release of the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly (2019), which deals with s*xual abuse allegations made against him.
  7. Abi has admitted that she had contemplated suicide during the time she had received online abuse in light of the accusations against her father.
  8. Abi has termed her father to be a monster and has said that she came to know of her father’s misdeeds when she first went to public school as an early teen.
  9. According to her, music saved her life.
  10. In 2019, Abi, along with her mother, appeared on the 3rd season of the WEtv reality show, Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.

Featured Image by Buku Abi / Instagram

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