If you are considering interracial dating or marriage you may be curious about statistics on interracial relationships. While the rate of interracial dating and marriage has definitely grown in the past decades, exactly how many are marrying? Of those who do marry, which ethnic groups are most likely to be together? Additionally, are there any differences between men and women, even of the same ethnicity?
According to PEW Research Centre, American Indians have the highest interracial marriage rate among all single-
Historically speaking, interracial relationships in Nigerian culture are less common, particularly among the heavily traditional Igbo people .However, in the last decade a lot Nigerian girls have been married to non Nigerian’s. This is more common amongst celebrities, however there are cases of other young ladies as well.
Here are two Nigerian ladies that are in an interracial marriage, reasons and how it all started.
David Lynch, has given some superb reasons why he got married to his Nigerian wife.
In an interaction post on a Nigerian video blog called Battabox, the presenter was on the streets of Lagos asking people if they can marry a white person. Quite a lot of people aired their opinions with one lady saying a big no. When asked why, she went on a long story and eventually ended it saying Nigerians abroad only marry whites because of the ‘benefits’ they can get from the marriage.
Lots of people posted comments on the video Clip, but one particular comment by a Caucasian man caught their eyes. Using the same word “benefits,” as if responding to the lady, he said:
”I am oyibo and I married my Nigerian wife Omonefe Lynch for the benefits. Especially stew, pounded yam, egusi soup and Star beer. Plus she has given me beautiful children, she has inspired me to be successful in my life and she has enriched me with Nigerian culture and the opportunity to travel to Nigeria often and enjoy the beautiful country. I have benefited from the marriage more than she has.”
Ifeoma and Matthew’s superb traditional wedding
According to Ifeoma: “Right from the day we went on our first date, I knew he was the one.” It only took a year of dating to convince Matthew that he needed to put a ring on it and he made sure it was official that she was his chosen wife
Ifeoma said: “He just came home to tell me we have a date, I should get ready. I dressed up ,and found myself at the registry where he went to book for our registry.”
Ifeoma looked flawless.
In 2017, two years after the court wedding, the two of them decided to hold their traditional wedding and the results were spectacular. Ifeoma looked beautiful in her red and gold outfit and Matthew was dashing white outfit.
Matthew gushed: “She keeps straight, honest, makes me laugh, she was there when I needed her and always gives me my space when I need it. Most of all, my heart beats really fast each time I look at her.”
Ifeoma chipped in: “I love how caring my husband is, always ready to put me and our daughter first before himself. He listens and understands me even in his sleep, that’s a big plus.”
They both have a beautiful daughter together which they are over the moon about. “She’s a just a gift from God that made our life complete with a great personality .”
The couple and their daughter.
“I can’t wait till she grows and shows the world how great she is, we have enjoyed every bit of her milestones and we really can’t be any happier. We look forward to giving her brother or sister.”
The couple with Ifeoma’s mother.
Having a baby just after getting married wasn’t that easy for us. As an interracial couple, we get occasional funny looks on the street but aside that nothing serious.”
Ifeoma was sure to drop some key advice for couples looking to find their kind of union. “I think sincerity and honesty are key to a successful relationship which will turn into marriage.”
So would you consider an interracial marriage?