8 Reasons To Date An African Man

October 26, 2011  |  
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Chances are, you’ve already made an assumption about the nature of this post. Let me clear some things up now. This is not a post telling you to date an African man over an African-American man. No indeed. It is about giving our motherland brothers a chance. For some, the idea of dating an African man conjures up a lot of myths and fears like the image of the over-controlling man.  There’s good and bad aspects to any person out there but here to make light of the topic and just offer up some of the good stuff about dating an African man. Of course, you understand by now that this is a very subjective, yet fun, list. Let us know what your experiences have been in the comments!

They Are Chivalrous 

It’s that simple. They have good manners and a strong sense of chivalry – something that is quickly eroding amongst all our home-grown American men. 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. We know that sounds like common courtesy but these days, it’s no guarantee.

They are the cream of the crop

A big argument many make for immigration is that immigrants are generally adding to American society in a great way. 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. So if you’re dating someone from Africa, most likely he went through a lot to make it here and that’s a testament to his work ethic and his sense of commitment for paving a better future for himself and his family.  Hardworking? Check!

They have a more balanced perspective

Even if you’re dating a Nigerian Prince (we’ve all come across those, haven’t we? ), he, like most other Africans, knows just how precious stability and comfort are. Poverty and civil wars plague many countries in Africa, giving many a more balanced perspective on life than most Americans who are used to a certain, comfortable standard of living. A man who doesn’t take life for granted is someone who has his principles in order.

You’d get to travel
Chances are your potential African boo not only has family and friends back in his homeland but also has folks all over the world like Dubai, London, Australia and Germany. Africans are all over the place and they generally go where there’s opportunity, which makes for an interesting sprouting of communities. Ghanains, for example,  generally go to London and the U.S and Eritreans are concentrated in places like Sweden and Germany.

They know how to cook

Since many African men need to survive on their own when they migrate out of their homelands, many of them know how to keep themselves fed. They might have been spoiled by their moms growing up, but they sure paid close attention to her recipes growing up.  So go ahead, enjoy his egusi, chicken yassa or pilau.

They’re neat

Okay, so I’m going off personal experience here but a lot of the men I know who were raised in Africa are super neat. Maybe that ties into the principle of not taking anything for granted, being resourceful,  and being grateful for the things that hard-earned money can buy.

Your children will get to learn a second language and be exposed to another culture

Your future half-African children will get to be exposed to another culture and maybe also a new language by practicing with their father and spending summers with their paternal grandparents. And did we mention, they’ll get to taste real, fresh meat that is not injected with hormones while they’re visiting? Yes, a minor thing but important!

You’ll inherit a big fun family 
Africans have a gang of siblings. That’s because most of continent is not filled with many high-powered opportunities for women, leaving them with the time and energy to nurture dem babies. It may be expensive to hold down a large family but lord knows big families are a lot of fun. Not only will you have a lot of in-laws to entertain over the holidays and many social functions to attend but your children will get to visit cousins all over the world.

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