It was in my first meeting with Zainab that I learned two important things: her real name and her clan.The latter did not matter much to me, but the first did.It was the summer of 2010 when I got hooked up with a Somali online singles website. Despite her misrepresentations, I was not disappointed. She was a fun person to be with, always smiling and cracking jokes.Unlike with other dating websites, Somali men and women rarely display pictures. Initially, she was shy and kept giggling out of nervousness. She introduced me to her relatives and made an elaborate lunch for me.
An astute American comedian once said that he was into online dating.
“Before, I used to get dumped a lot,” he lamented, “but now, I simply get deleted.” I share that sentiment: I have been deleted a lot. For the first few months, we exchanged emails and pictures. She was a lot bigger and shorter than her pictures revealed.