Liberian lov­ing new coun­try Tyler Brown

Wanneroo Weekender - - Australia Day 2017 -

SEVEN years ago, Theophilus Nimene came to Aus­tralia to un­der­take a year of bib­li­cal stud­ies.

Lit­tle did he know he would re­turn two years later to marry the love of his life.

Mr Nimene, who was orig­i­nally from Liberia, had been liv­ing in South Korea for four years study­ing Asian his­tory and cul­ture when he de­cided to spend a year at a bi­ble col­lege in Perth.

“I knew Aus­tralia had a good ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, so it seemed log­i­cal to me,” the 30-year-old said. “Then I met a woman. “Af­ter I re­turned to South Korea, we both de­cided I would move back to join her in Aus­tralia.”

Mr Nimene soon re­turned and the cou­ple were mar­ried in 2012 in a church in Girrawheen.

They now live in Edge­wa­ter with their three-year-old son.

Mr Nimene will join more than 330 City of Joon­dalup res­i­dents to be­come an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen at to­day’s Aus­tralia Day cer­e­mony.

“It’s ab­so­lutely a priv­i­lege to be­come an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen,” Mr Nimene said.

“I am look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in the cer­e­mony; it makes me feel spe­cial to be­come a cit­i­zen on Aus­tralia Day.”

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