Sylvia Bichanga: Oyinbo lady relocates from US, falls in love with Kenyan man and now hawks on the streets

  • Sylvia, an American, met and fell in love with Kelvin Opanga after her family relocated to Kisumu for a church mission
  • She ran into Kelvin when her dad went to his electronics repair shop and noted that he was the most handsome man she had seen
  • They got married in April, and Sylvia makes a living by selling American foods in the lakeside city

Sylvia Bichanga, an American lady married to Kenyan national Kelvin Opanga, has spoken out about selling snacks in Kisumu, Kenya.

Exclusively speaking to a trusted Kenyan website Tuko, Sylvia said the business is largely well-received in the lakeside city.

Sylvia with her husband, Kelvin Opanga Bichanga.
Sylvia, from the US, is married to Kenyan Kelvin Bichanga. She makes American snacks and hawks them in Kisumu. Photos: Sylvia Bichanga and Daniel Onyango for The Star.
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The businesswoman said clients love her food stall because of the unique American food she makes.

“I don’t make chapatis or mandazis, so the food is unique, and many people have never tasted it before.

“My pizza pocket goes the best among the younger generations, while the tea is a big hit among matatu drivers and conductors,” she said.


Sylvia divulged that people find it curious seeing an Oyinbo lady hawking the snack in the streets of Kisumu.

“Most people are very curious of what I am selling and are quite excited about trying out the food,” she said.

Meeting Kelvin

Sylvia, who grew up in Ohio, relocated to Kenya with her family through the Conservative Christian Mission, and she had no plans on getting married.

One day, robbers raided their house in Kisumu and carted away their electronics. She accompanied her father to an electronics shop where Kevin worked, and that is how they met.

“I could not believe my eyes when I saw him. My spirit left my body. My hands were trembling, I had never seen such a handsome man in my life. That is where I went down a difficult road,” she said.


Ultimately, love triumphed, and they got married in April 2021. Photos of the auspicious occasion depicted a beaming Sylvia with her parents, and Kelvin shared a photo kissing her on the forehead with the caption:

“Sometimes right in the middle of an ordinary life, an unexpected love finds you, and you are never the same.”

Sylvia said the most significant challenge being in a cross-cultural marriage is:

“Having been raised in different cultures it takes more communication than a normal marriage would.”

Oyinbo lady who hasn’t returned back to her country after falling in love with a Tanzanian man

Meanwhile, previously reported about an Oyinbo lady who left Germany and hasn’t returned back home after falling in love with a Tanzanian man.

The 35-year-old revealed that she fell in love with Tanzania and its people, and one day while walking around, she met a group of Maasais and Sokoine was among them.

“What attracted me to him were his eyes. His calm, steady gaze, which exuded so much peace and confidence. I tried to talk to them in Swahili but they seemed to be in a rush,” she recalled.

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