Marissa Bane-The Untold Facts About Desmond Bane’s Mother

By Cannon | Published on: March 21, 2024 | Updated on: March 21, 2024
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Marissa Bane is the mother of one of the budding professional NBA players Desmond Bane. Her son currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Marissa who gave birth to her son at the very young age of 18 went through a streak of troubles initially after her baby’s father left the family. Since Bane was still an inexperienced mom, it was hard for her to raise her kids single-handedly so the family had to move around quite a bit at the time. 

But, how is Marissa’s life at present? Who is her baby’s father? Is Bane married to a husband now? Here is everything you should know about Desmond Bane’s mother Marissa. Let’s begin. 

How old is ? Her Age and Family Details

Marissa is 42 years old in 2023. She was born on 24th May 1980, in the United States of America. She is an American by her nationality and has a mixed ethnical background. 

While the information about her parents is still missing, Bane is the granddaughter of Robert James “Bob” Bane and Fabbie” Erlinda (Armijo) Bane. Sadly, both of her grandparents died, her grandpa passed away on 2nd April 2010 (aged 89) while her grandmother died in 2021 (aged 81). 

Gave Birth to Her Son Desmond At 18; Who is Her Baby’s Father?

Bane became the mother for the first time when her son Desmond Bane was born on June 25, 1998. As said above, the baby’s mama was only about 18 years at the time of her son’s birth. Talking about her baby’s father, he was none other than Etieno Ekiko, a guy from Oya Oro, Nigeria. 

Bane and her ex-partner Ekiko began dating when both of them were still in high school. Soon, the former couple started a family together, welcoming a child in 1998. 

She is also The Mother of Three More Children 

In addition to her son Desmond, Bane is also the doting mother of three more daughters named Anna, Ariyah Tanae Wright, and Jaylyn Chantal Janae Wright. 

All of them are now grown up. While Bane’s son Desmond is quite a famous face in the media, her daughters are also doing well in their own way. Speaking of which, Anna used to play sports like soccer and basketball like her older brother. She even became a state champion in 2017. As for her education, Anna graduated from Colorado State University with a physiology degree in 2022.   

Meanwhile, Marissa’s other daughter Jaylyn is now a sales associate at Victoria’s Secret and Finish Line. She is a University of Pennsylvania graduate. 

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Marissa’s son and three daughters. 

On the other hand, Ariyah, born on 27th Jan 2003 became a high school graduate in 2021. 

High School Partner Etieno Left The Family Very Early 

As mentioned Marissa is the mother of four children but her motherhood journey was quite tough. It all began after her then-partner Etieno Ekiko abandoned the family, leaving his high school girlfriend alone with their children. 

In an interview with Pal Item, Marissa’s son Desmond said that his mother, “was only 18, 19 at the time, so she was still inexperienced as a mother.” 

Thus, the family had to move around from house to house. The NBA player remembered, 

“And I guess when I was 2, my (great) grandma and (great) grandpa said, ‘That’s enough. You’re not moving anymore. He’s going to stay with us, and that’s it.”

Before founding a home in his great-grandparents’ house, Marissa along with her son and daughter moved in with her aunt Lori then another aunty Adria and then uncle Tony.  

Eventually, Desmond’s great-grandparents took him to stay with them. Afterward, the boy occasionally met his mother but never met his dad in person. He only found out that his dad Etieno Ekiko, lives in Nigeria at the age of 13. At present, the rest of his father’s family resides in Colorado while his mother’s family in Richmond. 

Surprisingly, Marissa’s son Bane is close to his father Etieno’s brother Imo, a business expert.  

Besides, while Marissa was a struggling mother, Sandy Bane, one of her aunts took custody of her daughter Anna. 

Where is Desmond Bane’s Mother Now? 

Bane currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her new partner. However, there is nothing about her professional career. Needless to say, Bane only hit the media as the mother of popular NBA star Desmond. 

Her son Bane who never had a proper father figure was raised by his maternal great-grandparents. He first played basketball at Seton Catholic High School and then played college basketball at TCU (2016-2020). And Marissa’s son made his professional debut with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020.   

Is Marissa Married Now? Who is Her Husband? 

After her separation from her high school boyfriend Etieno, Marissa is now married to her new husband Terrill Haley. The couple began dating in mid-2013. Since then, Bane has posted a number of photos of her new partner on her FB. 

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Marissa Bane with her husband Terrill. 

As for their marriage, the two exchanged their vows on 8th December 2013, in a low-key ceremony. It’s been nearly a decade since they got hitched and their relationship is still going quite smoothly. 

At present, the lovebirds reside in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Quick Facts About  

  • Marissa is 42 years old in 2023. 
  • Both of her grandparents died. 
  • She has a total of four children; three daughters and a son Desmond. 
  • Bane gave birth to her son Desmond during her late adolescent
  • She has an estimated net worth of $200,000. 
  • Marissa is active on Facebook and currently resides in Indianapolis.