On an international stage Nigeria has a pretty poor track record (one of the lowest in the world in fact) in gender equality and women are often not even allowed to go out in public without their husbands being with them - Nigeria is a male dominated society full stop.
Unfortunately domestic violence and rape in Nigeria are all too common so Nigerian girls are usually looking for more stable, more loving and more productive lives with foreign men.
As well as becoming very well known in South Africa, the song was taken up by various people, organizations and singers in other countries. One account of the story refers to the American folk song Ellie Rhee, written in 1865 by Septimus Winner (1827-1902) and included in a book entitled "The Cavendish Song Album".
An account on the National Anthems forum supports J. Toerien as author and his wife Sarie Maré as the subject of the song.
(The Republic of South Africa was established fifty years later on May 31, 1960.) In 1910, there was a clear division between the Afrikaners (who belonged to Afrikaner political parties, spoke Afrikaans, supported Afrikaner cultural and linguistic endeavors, and belonged to one of the Dutch Reformed Churches) and British-oriented, English-speaking South Africans.
These settlers developed a unique cultural identity and language and became known as Afrikaners.
Their language, Afrikaans, began as a spoken dialect, but developed into a written language, too.
In Kwa Zulu Natal you will find that the Zulu culture is still very much alive in the descendents of the ancient Zulu king Shaka at Shakaland.
Here tribal dance and song is performed with vigor and you can explore the mysterious, ritualistic world of the Sangoma with much pomp and ceremony.