Neneh Ada Yang – China’s Black First Lady
It was love at first sight when Ada 23, saw Yan Yang 58, an artist from China visiting her home town of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ada was so sure that Yan, significantly older was the love of her life, that within one month they were married and moved to China. Did she have any idea that her wedding would rival that of a Chinese empress? Probably not. But that is what she got.
When I came across this spectacular video on YouTube (no longer available) I could hardly believe my eyes. It was a true celebration. It seems that no expense was spared as the it looks like an entire town showed up in support of this very in love couple. Yan, the groom is all smiles and Ada is just lovely, a princess with all the glitz and glamour one would find at a royal wedding.
Well settled since having married two years ago and a baby, Ada is doing very well. The Yangs own a large art studio where Yan influenced Ada to pick up a brush and learn traditional Chinese art. She became quite skilled it and now the couple works on joint projects. Yan also encouraged Ada to learn how to play the Guqin, a tradition stringed instrument played in ancient China. There are only about 2000 Guqin players in the world and Ada is obviously one of them.
Ada has immersed herself into Chinese culture mastering the language and living well in her adopted home of Beijing. She is one shining example of out of the box thinking and taking a chance on love. What a life she is living!
Video courtesy of Loser Laowai in China, (Randy Flagg)
Ada Yang creates a Chinese painting in her studio in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 24, 2013.(Xinhua/Zhang Ruiqi)
The combined photo shows Ada Yang introduces works to guests (above, taken on March 7, 2013) and she creates a Chinese painting (below, taken on Jan. 24, 2013) in her studio in Beijing, capital of China.(Xinhua/Zhang Ruiqi)
The combined photo shows Ada Yang plays Guqin, a seven-stringed plucked instrument (left, taken on March 7, 2013) and she creates a Chinese painting (right, taken on Jan. 24, 2013) in her studio in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Zhang Ruiqi)
Ada Yang drinks tea in her studio in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2013.(Xinhua/Zhang Ruiqi)