US Woman Married to African Says Marrying 'Obroni' Won’t Solve One's Financial Problems

US Woman Married to African Says Marrying 'Obroni' Won’t Solve One's Financial Problems

  • Sylvia Bichanga, a US national married to African, said many people incorrectly assume all white people are moneyed
  • The businesswoman said marrying an 'obroni' does not mean that they will solve one’s money problems
  • Sylvia’s hubby Kelvin repairs electronics in Kisumu while she runs a food stall specializing in American snacks

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Sylvia, an American married to one Kelvin Bichanga, has sent a message to Africans seeking cross-cultural relationships.

Sylvia and her hubby Kelvin Bichanga.
Sylvia, married to Kelvin Bichanga, had nuggets of wisdom for Africans in cross-cultural relationships. Photos: Sylvia Bichanga.
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Exclusively speaking to, the Kisumu-based businesswoman said the perception that marrying an obroni would make one’s life easier is wrong.

According to Sylvia, many people incorrectly assume that all white people are moneyed.

The beauty asserted that commitment is the most crucial aspect when it comes to cross-cultural relationships.

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“Make sure that you are committed because a cross-cultural union is not a bed of roses. It takes work just like any other marriage.
Also, it is important to listen to advice from your parents even though you don’t have to do all they tell you to,” she said.

Via the couple’s YouTube channel, Sylvia previously intimated that she faced rejection over her relationship with Kelvin, who repairs electronics in the lakeside city.

Sylvia said settling in also posed numerous challenges like:

“People trying to take advantage in any way they can of us, since I’m white.”

Moving to Africa

When she moved to Africa with her dad and brothers, Sylvia said that her initial plan was to experience the country and later return to the US to get married.

“Our church mission asked our family if we could leave our lives and move to Kenya so we accepted, not knowing what to expect,” she said.

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However, as fate would have it, a scary experience united her with the love of her life.

Soon after moving to Kisumu, thieves accessed their house after they forget to lock the backdoor and carted away their electronics.

Falling in love with Kelvin

She accompanied her dad to the electronics shop where Kevin worked, and they noticed each other.

“I was working as an IT consultant when one day I suddenly noticed a very beautiful lady walking behind her dad,” he said.

The robbery incident left Sylvia suspicious of people, but something made her trust Kelvin. So after dating for a while, they got married in April in a lovely ceremony attended by their close family members.

Sylvia runs a snacks stall in Kisumu to make ends meet and sometimes hawks them to get new customers.

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