“Nobody wants to see us together, but it doesn’t matter…” so goes Akon’s song, which perfectly resonates with a lovestruck Kano man.
A 24-year-old Nigerian man has slammed back at people wishing him back luck in his union with a woman twice his age.
Suleiman Isah of Kano married 48-year-old American woman Janine Sanchez Reimann. The couple blissfully wedded on 13 December 2020 in Kano State, northern Nigeria.
Suleiman first saw Janine on Instagram and fancied her so much before he decided to slide into her DMs. Initially, the American lady was cold to him as she assumed he was a scammer.
“He messaged me on Instagram saying Hi. I didn’t respond because I have had experiences with Nigerian scammers. But there was a guy messaging me, and Sulaiman knew he was a scammer, so he said, “get a job and quit scamming innocent people.” So I thought he sounded like a nice guy.”
The couple started talking, and soon enough, they fell for each other.
They got engaged in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 lockdowns, and married in December of the same year. At that time, Suleiman had just turned 23, and Janine was 46.
The Nigerian man then relocated to the United States to stay with his wife.
Suleiman has expressed that some people wish for his “unusual” marriage to fail. A few days ago, he wrote on Facebook:
“I am amazed by people who are telling me that if the battery runs out, I must come back to Kano and stay.”
Many people in the comments seemed to be giving him words of encouragement.
“Forget about people and live your life, my man. It’s envy and envy.”
“They don’t know that this wedding ring is not a ring. May God keep you together.”
“It is not our culture to them; may God continue to make you live in peace.”
“They envy you; they don’t want you to live in another country. May God shorten your suffering.”