It happened people.
The much talked about Kenyan royal wedding between Uhuru Kenyatta’s son, Jomo Kenyatta and Achola Ngobi took place as scheduled on April 8.
This comes after a much-talked about traditional wedding ceremony in 2016. Achola got a warm reception at Uhuru’s rural home in Ichaweri, Gatundu, during the traditional ceremony, known as the Itara.
Achola was escorted by her mother Ruth Omamo and handed over to her mother-in-law First Lady Margaret Kenyatta before being escorted to her new home by her aunts and her husband’s aunts amid ululations and cheers.
On coming out from the house, the bride was adorned by her mother-in-law and sister-in-law Ngina before receiving gifts from her aunts who included Senator Beth Mugo, Kristina Pratt, Nyokabi Muthama, Anna, Pip, and Christine Gakuo (First Lady’s sisters) and Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo among others.
Uhuru’s mum, Mama Ngina Kenyatta could not hide her joy as her new “co-wife” (Jomo is named after her husband) was ushered in her new home.
In his brief speech to the guests, the President told the youth that the future belongs to them but it comes with responsibilities.
“Now that my son has his own home is a sign that we are ageing and we shall have to hand over some of the authority to the young people but it comes with responsibilities” he said.
This all paved way for the white wedding that was so hush hush, most Kenyans think it did not happen.
The white wedding was very exclusive and all the guest were told well in advance to save the date.
“My invite requested that I save the date, April 8, for the wedding of the first born son of Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta. It was a personal invite without the venue details,” whispered a source.
The venue details was later released to the guest who were then asked to keep mum about it.
Sources claim it was held at State House.
“The wedding guests went through a thorough security check before they could walk into the venue. No cellphones were allowed and no media was present either apart from the official camera people.”
So, don’t expect to see a random photo anywhere on the blogosphere of the social networks.
“Jomo and Achola needed their privacy, they are not running for any political post so they did not need the limelight to enjoy their special day,” The source explained.
The bridal party was wearing baby pink which was the theme of the wedding.
After Jomo and Achola had said their vows, there were fireworks. The reception was also held at the same venue.
The guest list included Uhuru’s close political allies, Jomo and Achola’s pals and a few celebrities, beside the usual family members.
Their 6 month old baby was also part of the lavish ceremony. Baby Wanjiru was born in November 2017, days before Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for his second term as the president of Kenya.
Reports claim that the grandfather showed up at the hospital minutes after the baby was born and was in very high spirits. He was seen dancing with joy after he met her.
Sources claim. “He also took lots of selfies with the doctors and nurses as well as baby Wanjiru.”
As usual, there was also heavy security presence in the VIP wing of the Aga Khan University Hospital where Achola was admitted.
Congratulations Jomo and Achola on your nuptials.