Some responses: “Love is love.” Jennifer (23), Angolan “I would only prefer to date a Congolese man because we both understand each others cultures.The connection is just better because we can relate in many ways since we’ve had a similar upbringing.” Sarah (24), Congolese “I love my Ghanaian brothers, especially those who can speak my tribal language. Especially when telling jokes, it just doesn’t sound the same in English.” Nana (24), Ghanaian “I will be with anyone as long as they are compatible to me and I’m attracted to them. I’m British.” Christopher (28), Nigerian “As long as they are not Jamaican.” Bijoux (28), Congolese “Dating someone from your own background has far more positives than dating someone from another background, such as cultural understanding, speaking the same language etc. I’ve brought a Nigerian, Jamaican and Congolese home.In a sense, the ones who make it here are the ones who are willing to make big sacrifices to gain a chance at prosperity. They have a more balanced perspective Even if you’re dating a Nigerian Prince (we’ve all come across those, haven’t we?A white person arriving in Ghana for the first time will experience culture shock because what he will see is diametrically opposed to what he is used to in his country.Hey, they come from societies that are not as progressive when it comes to women’s rights but women are more cared for in their countries at the same time.So don’t worry, he’ll for sure be a gentleman and pay for your first date, second date, etc.
It’s just easier.” Bridgette (25) Congolese “I don’t mind as long as I am happy and loved, that is all that matters.” Dora (28), Zimbabwe Immerse within your own culture What I found was that those who immersed themselves exclusively in their own culture (i.e mono-cultural churches, parties, gatherings) – even if they lived in a very mixed society abroad – were the ones who were adamant that it was easier and preferable to date within their own culture.
Before I came to Ghana, I read that Ghanaian men use the term “I love you” as a way of showing their seriousness about a girl.
Ghanaians are world-renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which is wonderful but with that comes a very direct way of telling women how much they love them.
After I told my male coworkers that I was single, they spent the next two weeks telling me their plans to find me a Ghanaian husband.
While I appreciate their enthusiasm and compliments, constantly being approached about my love life gets old.