“Goodbye Germany”: Emigrant marries Internet love in Kenya – for ten cows


Updated on 05/06/2022 at 10:20 p.m

  • An older German fell in love online with a woman about half his age from a much poorer country.
  • The emigration story from the current “Goodbye Germany” episode screams cliché.
  • But Kai Kron from Remscheid and Emily Otieno from Kenya believe in their love.

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“A treat to the power of ten” is his Emily, enthused “Goodbye Germany” emigrant Kai Kron (56) at the beginning of the current episode of the VOX docusoap. After two failed marriages in which he was “lied to and cheated on”, the father of four clicked through dating portals from all over the world: “I looked at Asians, Brazilians, Cubans, Africans.”

He finally got stuck with the profile of a 27-year-old Kenyan, Emily Otieno, with whom he first fell in love online and then on site in her homeland. This five-week visit was the only one in a two-year relationship, and yet the hired cook was absolutely certain: he wanted to marry this woman.

So far, so cliché, one might think, and Kai’s youngest son René (28) – only a year younger than his future stepmother – was skeptical. However, his father referred to his two failed German marriages: “You never have a guarantee for it.” And overall, Kai turned out to be much more sympathetic and the love story had a far less unpleasant aftertaste than one might have expected.

“Goodbye Germany” emigrant “can really do everything in the household”

Because in the banker Emily, the Remscheider had found an educated, self-confident woman who knew exactly what she wanted and was able to earn a living for herself and her four-year-old son Hope. She deliberately looked for an older man: “The young men want to experiment, they suddenly want another woman, for example” She wanted someone who wanted to commit himself, and she seemed to have found it: “I have myself in love with Kai because he was so sweet and tender, caring and loving. He’s a wonderful man.”

She also appreciated the fact that he didn’t let his wife serve him like most Kenyans do: “He can cook, he can clean, he can take care of little Hope and fold the clothes. He can really do everything in the household .” Speaking of hope: Kai accepts him “like my own son”.

Kai: “I don’t want to buy the woman”

Together, Emily and Kai want to set up a business with rental staff for hotels in the future. But first of all, the wedding according to the tribal ritual was to take place sooner than Kai had anticipated, namely the weekend after his arrival. He had actually taken the forthcoming ceremony, at which he would symbolically present one of ten dowry cows to Emily’s father, as the engagement party. But after the first few seconds of shock, the change was right for him.

However, he first had to get used to the traditional horse trade. “What’s the shit?” he thought at first, “I don’t want to buy the woman, I want to have her because I’m giving her my heart and vice versa. It felt like I was going to the bazaar and redeem the woman afterwards.” As if you could buy a person for a few thousand euros, Emily had replied. The tradition really has nothing to do with a purchase.

second wife? No thanks!

And so Kai complied and transferred the money for the cows in advance from Germany. Now he embarked on the celebrations to come, including dancing, rituals, and a ceremonial handshake at Emily’s mother, father, and his second wife, who gave their blessing to the marriage.

With a blissful smile, the German reviewed the festival afterwards: “It was all done really well and staged by the family.” “I can’t really find an expression for it, it was that good today.” Could he imagine marrying a second wife like Emily’s father one day? Nothing there: “I have a young, very attractive lady with pepper in the butt, one is enough for me. To put it very casually.” The VOX reporter asked: “Is one enough for you?” Kai’s decisive answer: “Not only once – that’s enough for me!” (ch)
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