British grandma, 72, is heartbroken after Nigerian toyboy, 27, who she married three months after he added her on Facebook is constantly refused a UK visa. Is this young fellow playing her or Nah?
He added her on Facebook, they struck up a conversation, and fell in love.
He popped the question the very first time they met face-to-face and got married on that same day!
But to their heartbreak (or his secret personal disappointment), his visa applications for the UK have been turned down.
The British grandma of six has vowed to continue fighting for a visa for her new husband, who is 45 years her junior and who lives 4,000 miles away.
Angela Nwachukwu, 72, married her husband, CJ Nwachukwu, in April 2015, just three months after he had added her on Facebook.
Angela’s testimony of love at first sight on Facebook
The retired taxi driver from Weymouth says she couldn’t help but fall for her 27-year-old lover from Nigeria when they started talking, and is devastated that their applications for visas have failed.
She says she has spent £20,000 on him, including lawyers to help with the visas and flights to visit him, but says he had repaid her half when he could.
She claims she’d been left lonely and isolated after the breakdown of her marriage, six months before they met online.
One day, this British grandma found a message and a friend request from Mr Nwachukwu, and couldn’t see the harm in striking up conversation.
She said: ‘He was so handsome, with big, brown eyes and a body to match.
‘We chatted for hours about our families and hobbies. It was like we’d known each other for years. Before I knew it, we were messaging daily.
‘Despite our huge age gap, we got on really well. I couldn’t help it and began to develop feelings for him. I tried to stop myself.’
To her surprise, he popped the question on Skype, and she gleefully accepted.
The pair wed in Lagos, Nigeria, and have since seen each other twice, as she has flown there to visit him.
Mr Nwachukwu has even been denied a tourist visa to see his wife, and their applications have been turned down because it’s thought they won’t have financial backing.
She hopes he will join her in Britain on a student visa.
Despite criticisms, Mrs Nwachukwu insists the marriage is not a scam, because she doesn’t have any money and was upfront about that at the start.
She thought it was wrong at first. She was also worried about what her sons would think of it. One of her sons investigated CJ.
She explains: “He was six-years younger than my eldest grandchild so I knew it was wrong, but he was just so charming that I couldn’t help falling for him.
“It was only a few weeks since we’d been talking when CJ told me he had feelings for me and I was so happy.”
Angela was worried about what her sons Phillip, 50, Malcolm, 47 and Maurice, 43 would think of her younger man.
She adds: “When I first told my son Malcolm about CJ, he was worried that it might be a scam.
“He checked out CJ online and after seeing how squeaky clean all of his social media was, he felt he was genuine.
“They could all see how happy I was and that’s all they’ve ever wanted.”
A month later, in March 2015, CJ proposed to Angela during a video call.
Angela, who insists their love is genuine, says: “I was so taken aback when he asked me to marry him out of the blue. At first I thought he was joking.
“He told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and I couldn’t believe my luck.
“Of course I said yes!
She goes on and on about their love and how it’s being threatened by a series of failed visa applications
“There was such an amazing chemistry between us, I knew he was my soul mate.”
Angela booked her flight to Nigeria and purchased a blue dress to wear for the ceremony, while CJ bought the wedding rings.
She says: “Unfortunately none of my family could make it because it was such short notice, but I had their blessings anyway.
“When I saw CJ at arrivals, I gave him a hug and he kissed me. From that moment on, I knew for sure that he was the right man for me.
“I was worried about what his family would think of our relationship, but I was so relieved when they welcomed me with open arms.
“We’d planned to wait until the wedding night to consummate our relationship, but we couldn’t keep our hands off each other!”
In April 2015 Angela and CJ wed at a Nigerian court house surrounded by CJ’s family and friends.
Two weeks later, Angela was back home in the UK and had sent off an application for a family visa so the pair could live together in England as husband and wife.
Entry was denied after officials believed CJ had only married Angela for access to the UK.
She says: ‘I’d never sent CJ any money, so I really couldn’t see why anyone would think our love wasn’t genuine.
Since their marriage, Angela has visited her husband in Nigeria twice and hasn’t given up hope of being permanently united with him.
She says: “I was so determined to get him a visa I even hired lawyers to fight the decision.
“It cost so much money, but it was just no use.
“Our only hope now is that CJ will be allowed to come over next year on a student visa to study for his master’s degree in computing.
“Even though we know it is unlikely that we’ll ever be able to live together, we love each other so much and our relationship is strong.
“I’m hoping to go to Africa later this year to visit him and I’m counting down the days until I can see him again.”
Breakdown of Costs:
Legal fees: £3,000
Flights to Nigeria: £3,000
Visas for Nigeria: £1,400
Hotels in Nigeria: £6,000
Exams CJ sat for visa application: £500
Marriage certificate: £1,000
CJ’s visa applications: £2,500
Why Mr. and Mrs. Nwachukwu May Be Having A Visa Problem
An application for a partner to join a spouse in the UK must prove they can support themselves.
Applicants should prove an annual income of £18,600 between them.
Those with children should prove they will earn an extra £3,800 for their first child, and then £2,400 for their second child and any other children.
Savings can also prove income, but applicants have to have cash savings of £16,000.
Pensions count, as does money earned from renting out a property.
British citizens can apply for a Family visa to move their partners to the UK.
It’s an expensive process – the Home Office charges £1,464 for people applying from outside the UK to joining their partners or spouses, and nearly £1,000 for extensions.
Those willing to part with a few hundred pounds more can get the premium extension service.
Spouses applying to move to be with their partners have to prove they can support themselves and their partners, and they have to have been living with them for two years.
Partners will then be given permission to move for around two and a half years and should extend this after that time.
Mr Nwachukwu has to be able to show he can support himself or be supported to be granted a Marriage Visitor visa, by the rules of the Home Office.
Under the visa for visitors, the trip must be no longer than six months, and applicants should prove they will leave at the end.
This British Grandma May Have To See This Story
Two years ago, Julie Dag from Bournemouth told of how she was duped into spending £20,000 after falling for local musician Lamin Sidibeh while on holiday in The Gambia in West Africa in 2007.
Appearing on a Channel 5 documentary, she revealed that she had married him, before spending her honeymoon filling in visa applications. But within three months of returning to England and setting up home, he had left her.
Let’s Get Serious
Hopefully, this British grandma will see the above story. It may not be a scam for her money, but for that ‘golden’ visa. If this is a sick prolonged game — a long con, then he is playing it so well by paying her money back, being confidently romantic in the face of the media/everyone and even consummating that marriage. He’s been with her since 2015 too!
Look at her drive for that visa. Why can’t she come to Nigeria to live with him if truly the love is that strong hm? What’s the point in wasting money and time and seeing her darling husband on only two occasions since 2015?
As for Mr. Nwachukwu AKA CJ, is it a case of ‘old woman’ fetish? Nah, I doubt it. We wait.