The Reasons so Many African Women Abroad are Single.

Perceived shortage of decent men in the West: Almost all the women interviewed shared the opinion that it is quite uncommon to come across single men with good character these days.

It has in fact become an abomination in many African countries for people from certain “rival” tribes to get married.

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Those in the Prime Years group (21-25, 22%), Vital Years group (26-30, 27%), Borderline group (31-35, 32%), and the Danger Zone group (36-40, 19%).

Note, that because of the small sample size, the fallacy of generalization may be committed if these statistics or findings are viewed as a perfect representation of the real situation in England or the West.

It has been observed that most African women, no matter how financially sound they are, seem to prefer men with good jobs and good salary to those doing menial jobs or struggling to get jobs, even though the latter might demonstrate more traces of genuine love than the former.

Unwillingness on the part of some men to be burdened with financial responsibilities: Due to the economic downturn in many western countries, many men are scared of the usually huge financial cost of marriage and/or financial responsibilities associated with marriage.

The panic is made even worse by the traditional African notion that it is the responsibility of the man to handle all marriage and household expenses, even when it is clear that the woman’s job or income is much better than the man’s.

Poor choices (Ignoring or paying less attention to the right men): Some African women seem to focus on those men who would not give them the chance or the treatment they want and deserve.

Unnecessary church rules/codes: Many churches or religious denominations do not allow their members, especially the women to marry outside the church.

Attempts by female members of these faiths to marry men of other denominations are usually frustrated by their church leaders.

Consequently, they ignore those who are genuinely in love with them but are not very financially sound or do not have strong legal status.

In the end, they are taken for a ride by the so-called wealthy dudes and men with legal documents, and thus return to what Nigerians call “square one” (where they were before – singleness).

Many highly educated African women have also been accused of ignoring interested men whose educational qualifications are below theirs; hence their singleness.