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Mama always comes first and nine other points to keep in mind. His mama will always come first.

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This article was updated April 26,but was originally published Feb. Read an updated feature story with information on how social media is affecting teen dating here. Perhaps the thought of all those sweet young couples slow dancing under paper streamers coaxes a nostalgic sigh or two.

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One just came before the other.

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But they learned to understand each other, often resolving any conflicts the same day. By working through their cultural differences, the couple had begun to forge a modern relationship using their own rules. Two months later, the couple moved in together.

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He entered the hospital, complaining that Ms. Middleton was insensitive. But there were challenges to overcome. Although Ms. Middleton was sick with tonsillitis, they shared Asian-fusion food, listened to music and chatted about work, family and dating in Los Angeles. When Mr. Ogike spotted Ms. Middleton, he felt she looked out of place. Middleton also noted that the Nigerian culture favored traditional roles for men and women.

She was reserved yet attractive and interesting.

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Ogike eventually texted her, she responded by expressing her displeasure for not being contacted sooner. Middleton loves birthdays.

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Her mother, Nichelle Middleton, took the news well. But when he returned to Los Angeles in Januarythe mood changed. Ogike had contracted malaria. He sent her flowers and cupcakes, and they talked constantly when not at the beach, movies or dinner, where they bonded over food.

Middleton said. Still, telling her family was daunting.

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Middleton said, adding that while she sympathized with his feelings, she thought he should have dealt with his illness better. And she had more than enough to keep her occupied managing the business and personal affairs of her brother, Khris Middleton, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Arranged marriages were part of Mr. But after 21 years in this country, he had assimilated to American ways and had seen how couples from varying cultures could be happy together.

In AugustMs. Ogike said.

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He reminded me of a well-mannered guy from the South. This day begins their new life where each is excited about taking care of the other. Ogike still embraced certain aspects of his Nigerian culture, like not wrapping Christmas gifts and playing down birthdays. They exchanged phone s, and two days later, Mr. Ogike, who was ready for a relationship after years of bachelorhood, texted her.

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While they split the household chores, cooking, another traditional aspect of the Nigerian household, presented problems. On June 17, the couple were married before guests, including the flower girl, Zara, which is how their daughter is known, in a traditional religious ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island, S. Under oak-beamed ceilings, the Rev. Fidelis Omeaku, the associate pastor at St. The Nigerian-born Father Omeaku, a longtime family friend, explained to the guests how the wedding merged two cultures.

Middleton was equally surprised. But Mr. Ogike got over it. Middleton said, recalling that night at the Couture. Ogike liked Ms. In December, when Mr. Middleton, who sent him a video professing it. On Jan. Middleton was six months pregnant, she and Mr. Before Chizarankem Emory Ogike, named for Mr.

Middleton had converted from her Southern Baptist religious upbringing to his Roman Catholicism. And he favors traditional Nigerian foods like goat meat, chewy chicken, rice and soups. Middleton, 29, who was born in Shreveport, La. She had moved carolina Los Angeles in to pursue a career in sports and entertainment management when the job with her brother opened up. She had recently ended a six-year relationship with a dating she had dated since attending the University of South Carolina. Their first date was on the rooftop at Wokcano, a restaurant in Santa Monica.

And since we were committed to each other, we resolved to make it work. Ogike, and he quickly asked her to go customs. They met in Studio City and had fun just being themselves.

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Her brother-employer thought the baby would make their lives more hectic. So nothing happened for three weeks.

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He also speaks in the native Igbo language to his father, a retired college professor, and other family members who live in California. He was also still struggling with the death of his mother a few years earlier. The couple began dating at least twice a week.

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