For those who need a short recap, Benjamin, a 33-year-old divorced father of one, is traveling to Akinyi’s small village in Kenya to meet her family and ask for her hand in marriage. However, as the first white man to visit Akinyi’s village in several years, and the first man she has ever introduced to her family, he had to work even harder to win over her family. Benjamin must face Akinyi’s possessive and intimidating brother Fidel and convince Akinyi’s father of his worth before he can marry his Kenyan love.
Here’s what we know about Akinyi’s brother Fidel and his family:
Akinyi Describes Her Brother as ‘Very Overprotective’ & He Tells Benjamin That He Will Need His Support & Approval to Marry Akinyi
In the promo for this season of Before the 90 Days, Akinyi tells Benjamin that her brother “wants to keep an eye” on him after he arrives in Kenya. She tells the cameras that her brother is very overprotective of her during a confessional with the producers, so fans can expect some drama between Benjamin and Akinyi’s brother throughout the newest season of the show.
“If you want to marry my sister, you need me,” her brother tells Benjamin in the promo above. “You need me a lot.” Benjamin looks visibly uncomfortable by the declaration, but the reality star is quite smitten with his Kenyan love so he will likely endure her brother’s overprotective attitude and try to win over her suspicious family so he can marry Akinyi.
Benjamin was forced to stay with Fidel for the first week of his trip to Kenya, in order to win over her brother, who Ben hoped would put in a good word to Akinyi’s father. Fidel came across as very intimidating and overbearing, and he informed Benjamin that he wouldn’t be able to marry Akinyi without Fidel on his side.
Another clip shows Benjamin and Akinyi discussing whether or not they are making the right decision in being together, while Ben tells the cameras that Akinyi is “pressuring” him. It’s unclear what she is pressuring him to do, but they couple is clearly in for a bumpy ride on their road to happiness.
Benjamin Needed Blessings From Akinyi’s Father’s Church Elders Before Her Father Would Meet With Him
In an earlier episode of the show, Benjamin was introduced to Akinyi’s family and immediately made a huge mistake by ignoring her mother when he walked in. Although he eventually introduced himself, Akinyi was worried he wouldn’t fit in with her family, and that they wouldn’t approve of their marriage if he didn’t impress them.
They couple waited at the Akinyi’s parents’ house for hours, but Akinyi’s father never ended up coming to meet Benjamin, so Akinyi was heartbroken. She thought her father may not agree to the marriage, and she told the cameras that without his blessing, she wouldn’t be able to marry Benjamin.
Although Benjamin eventually got the blessing from both the church elders and Akinyi’s father, Akinyi recently accused TLC of making her family look bad on the show. Akinyi called out the network on 90 Day Fiancé, writing, “My [culture] is very beautiful and I wish I was the one editing so that I can actually show that. We’re very welcoming people but the editing doesn’t show that.”
Akinyi Told Benjamin That Her Father Might Chase Him Away With a Machete if he Doesn’t Take His Shoes Off at the Door
Because Akinyi has never dated a white man, she wasn’t sure how her family was going to react before she introduced Ben to her parents. In the clip above, Akinyi tells Benjamin that her father will “probably chase [him] away with a machete and tell you ‘don’t come back!'” if he leaves his shoes on in the house, and Ben looks a bit shaken.
However, Benjamin and Akinyi are far from the first couple to have issues with family throughout the 90 Day Fiancé franchise. Chantel and Pedro Jimeno had such intense issues with their parents and siblings that they even got their own spinoff show called The Family Chantel, which highlights the ongoing feud between their two families.
Tune in Sundays at 8/7c on TLC to catch Benjamin and Akinyi on season 3 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.