The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Colourful Swahili Wedding At Kwale County

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Mohamed Omar Mwamaneno and Bintiali Kanda Amani could not have imagined that the 1997 general elections at Matuga now Kwale County would be the start of a wonderful relationship.

Fifteen years later at Tiwi Kirima village, they exchanged marital vows during the "Nikah" ceremony. An elaborate luncheon was then served at the Matuga Government Training Institute (GTI) where biriani kuku was in plenty.

The Likoni-Ukunda road experienced a snarl up as the newlyweds arrived and were welcomed by Human Rights Agenda CEO Yussuf Lule among others. Emcee Tatu Amani of Bahari FM made sure all activities were in order as the Relax Taarab band entertained the guests.

"This is a moment that I can't forget, not only thanking my parents and fellow friends, but God who made it happen", said a delighted Omar. Mohamed is a security supervisor at the Port of Mombasa while Bintiali is a designer and runs a well-known design shop in Nairobi.

The Star wishes the newlyweds all the best in their marriage.

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