The song is a sweet memory from Raila to his wife Ida

Raila serenades wife Ida in style as they celebrate 50 years in marriage

• The popular couple were celebrated by their family and friends in an exclusive event, where the Azimio leader serenaded Ida.

• Coincidentally, Ida also celebrates her birthday on August 24

Ida Odinga and hubby Raila Odinga
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Ida Odinga and her husband Raila got dressed up for their wedding anniversary party that went down on Thursday, August 24.

The popular couple were celebrated by their family and friends in an exclusive event, where the Azimio leader serenaded Ida.

Coincidentally, Ida also celebrates her birthday on August 24.

She turned 73 years old. Raila is 78. They have been married for 50 years now.

The wonderful husband dedicated a song to Ida about their first meeting and life after.

The song he asked their guests to sing along to was Harry Belafonte's Jamaica Farewell.

The song is about a man who went on a sailing trip to Jamaica and fell in love with a girl in Kingston Town. He is now sad to leave her and return home, even though he enjoyed the sights and sounds of Jamaica, like the dancing girls and the food.

The intimate ceremony saw the couple dance watched by an adoring audience who penned their warm wishes online.

They cut a cake baked for their special day and Ida appeared happy and content.

All phone cameras were out to capture everything happening throughout the night.

Prince Indah got Idah to dance as guests also sang along to his popular hits.

Raila has often spoken about meeting Idah and falling in love.

They met while he was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

He had gone with a cousin to visit her brother who lived in the Pangani estate. He saw Idah.

It was love at first sight and though Ida never took it seriously Raila pursued the affair and won her hand in marriage.

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Harry Belafonte : Jamaica Farewell : The Essential Harry Belafonte (2005) Down the way where the nights are gay And the sun shines daily on the mountain top I took a trip on a sailing ship And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way Won't be back for many a day My heart is down, my head is turning around I had to leave a little girl in Kingston Town Sounds of laughter everywhere And the dancing girl swing to and fro I must declare my heart is there Though I've been from Maine to Mexico But I'm sad to say I'm on my way Won't be back for many a day My heart is down, my head is turning around I've had to leave a little girl in the Kingston Town Down at the market you can hear Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear Ackee Rice Salt fish are nice And the rum is fine any time a year But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way Won't be back for many a day My heart is down, my head is turning around I had to leave a little girl in Kingston Town Down the way where the nights are gay And the sun shines daily on the mountain top I took a trip on a sailing ship And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way Won't be back for many a day My heart is down, my head is turning around I had to leave a little girl in Kingston Town Sad to say, I'm on my way Won't be back for many a day My heart is down, my head is turning around I had to leave a little girl in Kingston Town

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