I am currently a seeker who has been looking into Oriental Orthodox for some time. Looking into Oriental Orthodox is very daunting, as all of the churches, Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, etc, all seem somewhat ethnically exclusive. I am not a member of any of these ethnic groups, I am a black West African. I have come to the conclusion that the Coptic Orthodox Church is probably the least ethnically exclusive out of all the churches. However, there is nobody in my ethnic group that is a member of any Oriental Orthodox church, so does that mean if I was to convert to Coptic Orthodox then I would not be able to marry someone from my own ethnic group?
I was born in the United States, but I regularly fly to my ancestral home where there are no Coptic Orthodox parishes. Would I be able to still attend non-Orthodox mass and take Eucharist while there?
There might be an exception to this rule if you found someone in the Eastern Orthodox Church. We tend to have good marriage agreements with EOs.
If you're looking for someone ethnically close to you, and you still visit your country of origin in West Africa, we do have some Orthodox missions all over Africa, EO and OO.
It is perfectly understandable that you have your preferences. I do not blame you for that.
If you don't mind mentioning, which country are you from?