In a show about couples from different parts of the world, culture shock is par for the course. But on this week’s episode of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, Lisa Hamme got quite the dose of it.
Lisa, 52, traveled to Nigeria to meet her online boyfriend Usman, 30 but was quite shocked by what she found when she got there. Lisa was under the impression that Usman was a Nigerian pop star, but fans, and others, have questioned his “celebrity.”
Usman’s songs were rarely played on Spotify and he has a very small social media following for someone who is allegedly famous, so 90 Day fans were pretty suspicious of his claims from the beginning. Lisa was all in on thinking that Usman was famous in Nigeria, and apparently not tipped off by the fact that no one recognized him at the airport.
When she finally got to see Usman’s home, she was shocked. “Usman’s home does not feel like a celebrity’s home to me at all,” she mused. Is she catching on?
Usman won’t be appearing on MTV’s Cribs any time soon, and it’s not just because of his slow-going music career. The apartment wasn’t the most impressive, and Lisa was a bit disappointed.
The shocking state of the apartment
Usman lives in a tiny apartment with two roommates, Usman 2 and Giant, who tagged along when he went to pick up Lisa at the airport. The three men share a one-bedroom apartment without proper plumbing.
“In our culture it’s normal,” Usman explained. “In our culture, we’re all men, we’re all guys, it’s normal.”
Lisa could hardly believe the state of the place when she walked in. The shower was really more of a bucket, prompting her to comment that she’s glad that she and Usman are staying in a hotel. Usman did, however, have a toilet, so at least there’s that.
Aside from the less-than-impressive plumbing situation, Usman, Usman 2, and Giant have outfitted their apartment with some strange furniture. There’s a child’s bed, which confused Lisa, but with three men sleeping in the same bedroom, they’ve got to find a way to save space.
Thus far on the show, things between Lisa and Usman have gone pretty well. The two had a gross make out session on the way from the airport to the hotel (to the chagrin of Usman 2 and Giant), but this is the first hint that there may be trouble in paradise. We’ll have to tune in this week to see.
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days airs on Sundays at 8/7c on TLC.