In Episode 4 of the I Am Multicultural podcast, I talk to the radiant, energetic Evelyn + Jeff, a Kenyan – Nigerian married couple, about how they survived and thrived as a couple while dating for 6+years when Evelyn lived in Germany & Jeff lived in Ghana, an 8hr flight away while pursuing grueling medical careers, so they only saw each other 2x a year for 4-6wks at a time.

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We talk about how they met, how their multicultural and multilingual backgrounds  (Jeff is a proud Nigerian of the Igbo tribe) and Evelyn is a proud Kenyan with parents from 2 different Kenyan tribes: Kukuyii and Kalnagini, schooled in England and grew up in Germany) impacted who they are now and their relationship, how their families reacted to their East African – West African relationship, their parent’s marital expectations, developing their communication skills despite not having good, solid reliable internet connection, how they struggled with not being able to be physically intimate but ultimately how their long distance experience helped them cherish & appreciate every moment as a married couple and how they pursued their individual and grew individuals ambitiously pursuing their own individual careers and dreams.

Advice

  1. Look for someone who pushes you.
  2. When considering moving to a new place, go on vacation there.
  3. Take a trip together somewhere that’s not a picture perfect resort.

Photo Credit: Petronella Photography

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