“In one case, a man said his brother in Kenya was still married to the would-be bride,” the cleric said. One marriage ceremony however left a bad taste in his mouth.
A new generation of famous interracial couples are popping up in the entertainment industry and even collaborating professionally.
British screenwriter Ol Parker met actress Thandie Newton while working on a BBC film and married in 1998.
“Well, it happened to me not once, but twice,” he said.
“In my line of work, I guess, it is an occupational hazard.” On both occasions, as Abdi was conducting a marriage ceremony, someone in the audience shouted at him to stop the proceedings.
R&B singer Robin Thicke began dating actress Paula Patton when he was 16 and they married in 2005.
Thicke and Patton even co-starred in his 2006 hit music video "Lost Without U" - but she filed for divorce in 2014.
The above call is an example of how prevalent aborted or short term marriages are in the Somali communities in America.
The example of my friend is by no means the exception.
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There are plenty of examples of similar incidents which I recount below.