A mother has revealed how after she moved to Kenya to marry a Maasai warrior she went on to have a baby with his son.
Rebekah O’Brien, 26, fell for dancer Rempesa Ole, 40 when he and his performing Maasai warrior troupe came and performed in the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich in 2012.
Rebekah, from Kent was volunteering in a theatre in Norwich when she moved 7,000 miles to Kenya in order to join her new partner – even though he was married to his wife Joyce.
‘When I first met him there was just something there I can’t explain it, he doesn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Swahili at the time so we just used hand gestures and facial expressions.
But her new life was tinged with tragedy. After Rebekah moved into her tin hut in Kisames, a village without running water or electricity an hour’s drive from Nairobi, Joyce, a mother-of-five, died of an accidental overdose.
Rebekah said the other villagers blamed her tor the incident but despite threats she and Rempesa kept their relationship alive.
In February last year, she fell pregnant and gave birth to a girl called Arya. But tragically just six weeks after she was born Arya died.In the final weeks of her pregnancy Rebekah and Rempesa had broken up.
But she found herself falling for the warrior’s 19-year-old son Lawrence who is still at school making up for a few missed years through truancy.
Rebekah then fell pregnant with her son Kito last August, however it seems that the pressure of the pregnancy turned the relationship sour and Rebekah returned to the UK to have their son who was born last week.
She is hoping to see Lawrence come to the UK to visit his child and has already sent him £600 despite the fact he is unable to pay child support because he is still in school.
Rebekah told the Mirror:
’I want Lawrence to be in his life, but I fear he sees me more as his mother than his girlfriend.’I suppose it didn’t help that I was basically his stepmum before we got together. I’d love to live in Kenya again because I love the traditional way of life there.’