If there is anything Nigeria is popular for in the West, it has to be internet love scam. But this 46-year-old mother of two, her story might be about to change that perception.
Back in January, Janine Sanchez visited Africa for the first time to meet her online lover, 23-year-old Suleiman Isah in the city of Kano, Nigeria. Sanchez and Isah became friends on Instagram about 10 months earlier and fell in love with each other.
A visibly delighted Sanchez revealed how their date all started on Instagram while chatting with journalists at a recreation park in Kano.
“He messaged me on Instagram saying Hi. But there was a guy messaging me and Isha knew he was a scammer so he said to the guy one day, ‘get a job and quit scamming innocent people’ and so I thought he sounded like a nice guy. That was the beginning.”
Sanchez is a chef based in Lindon, California, said she wouldn’t mind returning to America with her new love after the marriage in Kano.
“I have two kids, a boy and a girl from my previous marriage. I and my ex-husband have joint custody of our kids the reason I cannot take the kids away from their father.
“I like the people here, they are very friendly and welcoming. The kids love me they embrace me playing with my hairs and skin. And the people are very busy and hardworking. Although, I wasn’t looking to date anybody younger than 30, but he is very mature for his age. When I talk to him I feel like I’m talking to somebody my age.” Sanchez said.
Responding to the question as to whether she was in love or desperate to get a suitor in Nigeria, Sanchez replied, “I’m in love”.
Isah in his constant straight face said he had always wished to marry a white woman so much so as to have kids of mixed race.
“It was a dream come true for me when she responded to my message on Instagram. We continued exchanging messages and our relationship became closer. I was happy when I invited her to visit me in Kano and she accepted to come”.
On whether the barrier of age and race wouldn’t count against his planned engagement with Sanchez, Isha who is a professional barber replied on the contrary.
“That is not a problem at all and in fact, that is not important. The age difference doesn’t matter as Prophet Muhammad, married an older woman too. So I’m following in his Sunnah.
“When I travel to America, I will be visiting my parents and other relations regularly. And she has agreed that even our future kids will be coming to Nigeria to visit my family.” Isah said.
Earlier this week, their wedding invitation card that was trending on Twitter indicated the Wedding Fatiha is to be held on Sunday, December 13, in the Gasau Panshekara area of Kano State.
The trend of older white women marrying young Africans is on the rise in recent times.