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#KingsandQueens: African Couples We Love to Love!

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#KingsandQueens: African Couples We Love to Love!

The season of love is the best time to celebrate the examples of true celebrity love stories.

This collection of power couples are #RelationshipGoals not because of their appearance in the media and public, but mostly because we admire their ability to be open about their marriages and uniqueness of their love stories.

While love is no fairy tale, it is an expressive choice couples make and these are the kings they’ve chosen to spend forever with.  

1. Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kudjoe (Ghana)

Married for thirteen years, Nicole Ari-Parker and Boris Kodjoe met on the set of Showtime’s drama series, “Soul Food,” where they played boyfriend and girlfriend for early episodes of the series. Nichole disclosed in an interview last year the prayer she made to God for her ideal husband who turned out to be Boris.

2. Basetana Kumalo and Romeo Kumalo (South Africa)

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18 years ago I walked down the isle with my father in hand to marry the love of my life, my heart person, my inspiration, one who brings me immense joy and pleasure. You looked me deep in my eyes and promised to love me and protect me, and you have lived up to those vows and so much more. You believe in me, you want the best for me, you push me when I doubt myself, you celebrate my achievements like they are your own. You look at me as only YOU can, you laugh at my lame jokes, you go to war for me ....I have never known this kind of love. Thank you for choosing me. I would choose you over many lifetimes. I love doing this thing called life with you. It’s a great and beautiful adventure, never a dull moment. You are an extraordinary dad to our kids. Wow I marvel at you and how you parent. You are no walk in the park with them but you are so present and engaged. You still make me laugh uncontrollably. 21 years of being together and 18 years of being married has been my greatest joy. Thank you for all that you have taught me. I feel like we grew up together and raised each other, since we were so young when we got married and what we just wanted to do was to be together no matter what. We wanted to have a family, travel, run businesses, have fun and just be, so many dreams we had in our younger days and so blessed that most by Grace we have been granted. You have given me that and so much more. Ngiyabonga Mbulaz’omnyama, Mashobane, Mntungwa. Uthando lwakho lungenze umuntu emphakathini. Mina nawe sofa’slahlane. I wish you long life, I wish you eternal joy, I wish you peace, I wish you health and I wish you all that you wish for yourself. Thank you for making me the happiest and content woman. I love you.

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You can’t beat the love Basetana and Romeo Kumalo have. The entertainment and beauty goddess married her ‘Romeo’ almost 20 years ago. They’ve been nonstop ever since. After a controversial 2018, the couple held a vow renewal ceremony with close family and friends on their 18th anniversary. Haters will hater, but love is greater than all!

3. Michelle Obama and Barack Obama (Kenya)

This former first couple’s love story is so amazing its been made into a movie. Meeting at a Chicago law firm in 1989, the couple’s first date involved an art center, join a community organizing event, and screen Spike Lee. What a date that took them into a marriage that has lasted for 26 years.

Michelle has now flipped the switch and is truly shining out of the white house with a bestselling book, international live tour, and recently recognized as Most Admired’ in the United States.

Barack has been lovingly sitting back and supporting his Queen as she supported his reign in office. All royalty has their time!

4. Connie Ferguson and Shona Ferguson (South Africa)

#TheFergusonFamily is one of South Africa’s favourite power couples. When Shona met Connie, he reveals it was love at first sight.

17 years and 2 daughters later, the couple share secrets to a lasting marriage are:  spending quality time together, communicating, laughing together and being hands on.

5. Banky Wellington and Adesua Etomi (Nigeria)

Although Banky W and actress Adesua had been together since 2015, it wasn’t until 2017 that the public got to know about their relationship after Banky proposed to his belle.

The beauty about this couple’s relationship is how they managed to keep their relationship low-key and away from the public eye but at the same time teased the public like the Made for You video released by Banky W in 2016 where he and Etomi acted like a couple. Again, in 2017, the duo played a couple in one of Nigeria’s biggest movies, Wedding Party.

6. Ajoke Silva and Olu Jacobs (Nigeria)

Ajoke Silva and Olu Jacobs met in 1981 on the set for the rehearsal of a stage play. While the popular Naija couple also had their tough days, they are known for supporting each other’s careers thorough and through.  

Jacobs has admitted in one interview that he isn’t worried about his wife retaining her maiden name as his marriage to and love for her shouldn’t deny herself of an audience.

7. Isabel Dos Santos and Sindika Dokolo (Angola)

Isabel Dos Santos, Africa’s first female billionaire and eldest child of former Angola’s president Jose Eduardo dos Santos met her beau, Sindika Dokolo while studying Electrical Engineering at King’s College London.

The couple would go on to get hitched in 2002 and stand by each other through anything thrown at them, including a criminal conviction.