Welcome to Naija Wives

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Welcome to Naija Wives! I am married to a Nigerian man, so that makes me Nigerian. What an interesting concept. I’m sure that in other cross-cultural marriages the wife does not take on the cultural origin of the husband, but in African culture the wife becomes the wife of the family. She is entitled to […]

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Naija Wives Meet & Greet

Join the Naija Wives for an afternoon to yourself! Husband free. Kid free. Dog free. Come meet wives just like you. Share your story and a dessert! **All wives and fiances of all African countries are invited**

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All About Those “Papers”

Learning the lingo ‘Papers’… What a fancy way to talk about getting a green card. First things first, you must learn the lingo. You’ve probably heard people referring to going through the immigration process as getting ‘papers’. It’s a very universal term and could accurately describe the large amount of paperwork that must be completed in order to obtain a […]

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Borrowed… An Intro to Cultural Immersion

**NOTE** Long Post Alert (but so worth the read!)  Borrowed Culture Creates Better Chemistry You have said, “I do” to Mr. Yoruba, Mr. Igbo, Mr. Hausa, Mr. Isoko, Mr. Nigeria… You see, you may or may not know that you not only married Mr. ______ (fill in your last name), but you married everything that is his tribe. You may […]

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E Kaabọ : Welcome

I’m a Naija Wife!  I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Oyibo Iyawo! Ọkọ mi (My husband) had a good laugh when he learned of my pen name.  He thought the Oyibo (white) was unnecessary and took to calling me Iyawo (wife).  Nope, I don’t know Yoruba just yet.  Don’t get so excited but don’t be […]

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Better with Boundaries

Culture Creates Conflict First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes fighting over beans and garri! Let’s face it, no marriage or relationship comes without struggles to understand each other. You are two imperfect people trying to perfect your oneness. As a Naija wife you are dealing with an element that the average American wife doesn’t even consider. It is […]

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Fish Pepper Soup

This is one of those staple soups that you can add to your list of ‘Nigerian Dishes I Can Cook‘. It is by far one of my favorite go-to dishes. It’s quick and super simple to make. I actually learned how to make this soup from my Spiritual Mother when I lived in Nigeria. We made it with Catfish. It […]

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Becoming Iyawo

Love Wan Tin Tin All happy endings begin with a once a upon a time… I was bound and determined to never fall in love again. I was the classic wounded woman after several failed relationships. “I’m just gonna be single and love the Lord.” That’s what I told my friends. Meanwhile, I was meeting with my counselor every week […]

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