She is from Hampshire, while he was a local food vendor, at Agbor, Delta state Nigeria before moving to the United States and they married eight months after meeting online.
If that sounds like a very modern relationship, just wait until you hear the story behind the birth of Tracy and Peter Akoun’s daughters.
Half-sisters Nyobi and Kenya were conceived using 26-year-old Mr Akoun’s sperm, while their genetic mothers are surrogates Tricia Hunt and Kate Fruin-Smith, two lesbians who have children from previous heterosexual relationships and with their current partners.
It was gathered that, 47-year-old Mrs Akoun also has an 18-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
But while the bloodlines might be a little complicated, everyone is happy.
Mrs Akoun said: ‘We are ecstatic. All you ever hear about is the negative side of surrogacy. But for every negative story there are 40 or 50 positive ones.’
Tracy and Peter Akoun, with their daughters Nyobi (right) and Kenya (left), who were born a month apart to two different lesbian surrogate mothers
Her husband, who came to Britain in 2009, described his daughters as ‘delightful’, adding: ‘When the time is right we’ll tell them about how they were conceived.’
The couple, from Portsmouth, met through a dating website in 2013 and married that December.
Mrs Hunt gave birth to Nyobi two weeks early weighing 5lb 1oz on June 4 last year, while Kenya arrived on July 4. Mr and Mrs Akoun were present for Nyobi’s birth, but were still on their way to hospital when Kenya was born
They hoped to have their own children but suffered the heartbreak of five miscarriagesbefore deciding to use surrogates.