This woman here is causing a stir among folks in the UK because she has given up on her privileged western lifestyle after falling for a Masai warrior who lives in a hut with no running water. This “warrior” must have really put something on her little tail.
Meitkini’s tribe have no possessions and no running water, and their food is either plucked from the ground or killed with a spear.
Nonetheless, after a courtship of three years, Colette, 24, is preparing to abandon all the comforts of her western lifestyle to join her life permanently with his – even though, to date, she hasn’t shared so much as a kiss with her 23-year-old fiance, as Masai rules forbid physical contact between men and women who aren’t married. What’s more, she has to accept that, in the future, she may have to share her husband with other women, as Masai tradition permits any number of wives.
‘In time I may have to accept that he will marry again,’ she says. ‘I hope he chooses not to take another wife, but if not then I will compromise.’
Colette admits that she never expected her life to end up on such an unusual path. The daughter of a nurse and a businessman, her father’s job, as director of a large mining company, took the family all over the world. ‘I had always wanted to go to Africa, so I found a job working for an organisation that runs orphanages in Kenya,’ she says. ‘In the space of a week I quit my studies, withdrew all my savings and got on a flight to Nairobi. I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, except my mum, who was hysterical. She thought I was throwing away all my hard work. But I’d made up my mind.’ So, within 24 hours, Colette had swapped the comfort of her apartment for a rug on the Meitkini’s tribe have no possessions and no running water, and their food is either plucked from the ground or killed with a spear. Nonetheless, after a courtship of three years, Colette, 24, is preparing to abandon all the comforts of her western lifestyle to join her life permanently with his – even though, to date, she hasn’t shared so much as a kiss with her 23-year-old fiance, as Masai rules forbid physical contact between men floor of the orphanage, which had no electricity nor running water.
‘Yes, it was basic, but the funny thing was that I felt instantly at home,’ she says. ‘Working with the children helped give me perspective. Most of them had been abandoned because they were disabled, which was very humbling.’……
Later, when I was introduced to him by the chief and we started talking, it was like speaking to my double. He was clever and articulate, and there was an immediate connection. From then on I was in love.’ Meitkini, she says, felt the same way, but Masai relationships do not adhere to the same conventions as they do in the West. ‘The Masai don’t marry for love but for power and social position, so it is a slightly alien concept. It was a long time before we were able to acknowledge our feelings for each other, and we couldn’t express them physically, as Masai rules forbid physical contact between unmarried men and women. It was frustrating, but I had to respect their culture. I was a visitor and it would have been a gross insult to behave any other way.’
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