Vanessa Mdee with Rotimi

“I begged her to move to America” Vanessa Mdee’s boyfriend says


Rotimi and Vanessa Mdee’s love story began at the Essence Festival in America according to an interview they granted Essence magazine for its December issue.

They had tried hiding their romance, but in 2019, people pieced together their holidays and discovered they were an item.

Turns out according to the Essence interview,, that they met by chance at the Essence Festival, and that Rotimi was supposed to go for it with someone else.

“I actually was there with somebody else, just a weekend friend,” he admits. “She ended up getting sick. We were supposed to go to this party, and [she said] I don’t want to come. I said, ‘okay, it’s fine. I’m just going to go for 15 minutes.’ I end up going and some of my castmates were also there. That’s where I end up meeting [Vanessa.] Fifteen minutes turned into an hour and a half conversation. Nothing else mattered in the room.”

Vanessa Mdee and Rotimi
Vanessa Mdee and Rotimi

After this festival Vanessa went back to Tanzania, and they tried to make their long distance relationship work.

She went back to the States again, and the decision that she moves permanently to the US was made.

Rotimi said “I told her I don’t want you to go back to Africa. I want you to stay with me.”

Vanessa Mdee with Rotimi
Vanessa Mdee with Rotimi

Vanessa in the interview gushed about her feelings

“I was functioning and living, but not living,” she says. “I was existing, honestly. And he came in at a point where I needed to hear certain things that I couldn’t have heard from anyone else. His heart is so big and his love is so boundless. It’s the type that transforms you. And you honestly want to be the best version of yourself every single day.”

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