Kazembe Ajamu Coleman: Facts You Should Know About Zendaya’s Dad


Kazembe Ajamu Coleman only came to limelight as the father of the multi-talented actress, Zendaya. When his daughter rose to fame in 2009, Coleman became the Spiderman: Coming home actress full-time bodyguard and manager. He is indeed the best and most supportive father to his actress cum model daughter. Kazembe is also a music producer and CEO of KZC Entertainment.

As many may not know, Kazembe Ajamu is the father of six children including the Euphoria actress. In addition to Zendaya, Ajamu shares a deep and loving bond with all of his five children. However, did you know that the five Zendayas are half-siblings? Her father has been married and divorced several times.

Therefore, this article is all about Zendaya’s lesser-known father, Kazembe. Here are details about his parents, dating life and more. Let’s find out all the unknown facts here!

Kazembe Ajamu Coleman is an American with African descent; Information about his early life

Kazembe Ajamu Coleman was born on February 10, 1960 with a different name, Samuel David Coleman, but later changed his name to be closer to his African heritage. Moreover, according to Zendaya herself, her parents’ roots belong to German and African roots.

She said,

“I come from Africa, but also from Germany. I am very proud of that.”

The actress also described her name,

“I have my African first name. I have a middle name, that is [my mom’s] middle name which is French but we used an African spelling. So it’s literally me in a name.”

Besides, “Kazembe Ajamu”, her father Samuel’s African name also has a deeper and special meaning. His first name, Kazembe, means “He is an ambassador”, and his middle name translates to “God of strength”.

Who are the parents of Kazembe Ajamu Coleman?

Very little is known about Kazembe Ajamu’s parents. He has long kept them a secret. However, we do know that his father and mother are from Oakland, California, where Coleman was also born. In addition, sources confirm that his mother’s family came from Nigeria and his father’s from Macedonia and Iceland.

Although there is no detail of his father, Kazembe occasionally shares pictures of his mother on his Instagram. In May 2022, the music producer shared an old photo of his mother on the occasion of her 93rd birthday. He wrote,

“My beautiful mother, 93 years young.”

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Kazembe’s mother on her 93rd birthday.

So it’s safe to say that Coleman’s mom is still alive and the son-and-mother duo has a strong bond with each other.

Is Zendaya’s father Kazembe an educated man?

Formally known as Samuel Coleman, Zendaya’s father graduated from a local public school in Oakland, California. He graduated from high school in 1978.

After this, Coleman continued his further studies in California and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education.

Kazembe Ajamu was a gym teacher before becoming his daughter’s bodyguard/manager

Since Zendaya’s father had a physical education degree, Ajamu initially pursued a career as a gym teacher at a local school. His daughter once told American magazine that both her “parents are teachers, so I always had to take school very seriously.”

But the famous father later left this ob when his young daughter became famous in the entertainment industry.

Zendaya's father is her bodyguard
Coleman, 62, with his young daughter Zendaya – he is her manager. Source: Getty Images

In addition to his daughter’s exponential growth, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman also became Zendaya’s full-time bodyguard. After that, he started traveling a lot with his daughter to many events, monitoring her interactions and deals. So he gradually started working as her manager and still works in the same position.

Moreover, according to his Instagram, Coleman is the CEO of KZC Entertainment – a consulting firm. He has been with the company since the beginning of the year 2018 according to his Linkedin bio. According to his Insta bio, Zendaya’s father Kazembe is also a performance coach and music producer.

Kazembe Ajamu Coleman was married to Zendaya’s mother for 8 years: who is his wife?

While it’s still a big question how Coleman met his second wife, Claire Stoermer, many believe that the music producer met his former love, Claire, while working at school. Moreover, it is confirmed that the duo was together for a very long time before tying the knot in 2008 in a family-oriented wedding ceremony.

Claire Stoermer is the ex-wife of Kazembe Ajamu Coleman
The Disney actress with her parents. Source: Getty Images

By the way, did you know that Kazembe had a child with his then wife 12 years before their marriage in 1996? Before their marriage, they had a happy marital relationship for about eight years before things got worse between the two.

What led to the divorce of Zendaya’s parents? Is it true that they are still friends?

After being husband and wife for eight years, the parents of Disney actress Kazembe and Claire separated in 2016. TMZhis wife Claire Stoermer filed for divorce from her longtime lover, Kazembe.

So what happened? The exact reason for the divorce is not known. However, the legal documents cited “irreconcilable differences” for the divorce. After the divorce, it was reported that Zendaya’s mother did not seek spousal support from her father. In fact, Stoermer did not want the court to award her then-husband anything on her part.

Zendaya, popularly known as MJ from the new Spider-Man series today, also posted a photo with her parents after news of their divorce went online. She wrote,

“My parents haven’t been together for a long time, you guys didn’t know because we private + they’re still homies #lateassnews.”

It’s been almost 12 years since Kazembe separated from Claire, but they are still the best of friends. In addition, they still care for their only daughter, Zendaya, with full love and support.

Kazembe Ajamu Coleman was married before marrying Zendaya’s mother; He has 5 children from his first marriage

Before Claire, Kazembe was married to another woman. Still, it is very difficult to find out who the woman was and how long Kazembe Ajamu Coleman was married to his first wife. Well, long enough to have 5 kids.

Coleman is the father of 6 children
The Huge Coleman Family!

That’s right, Zendaya has 5 half-siblings from her father’s first marriage. Her father has 3 daughters and 2 sons. Austin Coleman and Julien Coleman are Zendaya’s brothers, while Katianna, Annabella, and Kaylee are her sisters.

However, the other Coleman siblings are not as well known. Austin, Kazembe’s eldest son, is an actor like his sister, but is a very private man.

As we said before, Coleman has a great relationship with all of her children. He also often shares about his kids on his social media handles. He is also a grandfather now. In July 2021, Coleman shared a beautiful family photo with his grandchildren.

Is Kazembe’s youngest daughter Zendaya close to her 5 half-siblings?

Despite being an outsider, Zendaya seems to be very close to all of her half-siblings. She often spends quality time with them and loves them all very much.

More so, the Emmy Award winning actress once revealed in an interview how she looks up to her older sister, Katianna. She said,

“I look up to my big sister and realize the influence she has had on me and made me a better person. Having such a big, grounded family made me realize how important that is as you get older.

Likewise, she shares her career with her eldest brother, Austin, which we think is pretty nice.

Has Kazembe Ajamu Coleman remarried? His third wife

Kazembe has been keeping most of his personal details to himself lately, but we came to know that the famous dad is currently in a relationship with his new partner. While the name of his new love has yet to be revealed, there are a few images of the duo on his Instagram.

In February 2020, a young girl named Maleaha Winfrey shared a photo of Kazembe and his partner on her Insta. She described them as a “Beautiful couple,” in the caption.

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Kazembe with his new girlfriend.

So it seems that the two have been in a relationship for more than three years. But are they married? The answer to the question is Yes! Just like their early love life, they have remained confidential when it comes to their marriage. But since the music producer referred to his new wife’s mother as his “mother-in-law” on his Instagram post, it’s safe to say they’ve been husband and wife for a few years now. In an Instagram post Coleman posted with his mother-in-law in August 2022, he wrote it caption,

“Forever reunited with my mother-in-law!”

Where is Mr. Coleman today?

Kazembe Ajamu, 62, has had quite a life. From gym teacher to CEO of a talent agency, his career took major turns. Today, Kazembe lives a happy and lavish life at his home in LA, California. He is the best father to all his 6 children.


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