Popular musician and businesswoman Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee tied the knot with her lover Dennis Schweizer aka Omosh on Monday, April 10, 2023.
The two exchanged vows during a glitz white wedding ceremony at the Windsor Golf Hotel, Nairobi.
The much-anticipated ceremony lived up to its hype as class, pomp and colour carried the day at the garden set up with the invited guests dressed elegantly for the big day.
After much talk about her imported wedding gown priced at Sh700,000, the bride did not disappoint during her showstopper moment. The white dress Akothee had earlier indicated was flown in business class. She also revealed she had bought the dress as a gift to herself.
The bridegroom who had earlier arrived at the venue secretly was escorted to the wedding grounds with horses. He looked gorgeous in a white suit.
The bridal team had the groomsmen joining the procession in white while the bridesmaids wore orange dresses. The flower girls had fancy short cream-white dresses.
Among the invited guests were Gender CS Aisha Jumwa, Lang'ata MP Phelix Odiwuor aka Jalang’o, MP Millie Odhiambo, Kisumu Governor's wife Dorothy Nyong’o, Migori Governor's wife Agnes Ayacko and lawyer Patrick Lumumba.
Jalang’o who drove in a convertible two-seater was in the company of his wife Amina Chao.
Akothee’s parents arrived at the venue in the company of other elderly members of the family.
Popular actor, scriptwriter and comedian Edwin Butita made a spectacular arrival on a helicopter while comedian Eric Omondi arrived with security guards on his side.
“This (Akothee) is my sister and I was the driver bringing her here before the chariot picked her up to the wedding grounds,” Jalang’o told journalists.
Asked what gift he had brought with him, he said his presence was already a good show that he was here “to support and celebrate my sister”.
Akothee had made it clear that every guest attending the event must show up with a gift else they wouldn’t be allowed to the event. In a post on her Instagram, she explained that the gifts would benefit her and her fans, especially in helping raise donations towards hungry families in Turkana where her foundation has been donating food.
Her big wedding day, as the founder of her own tour company Akothee Safaris, happened to fall two days after her 40th birthday. It was the philanthropist and happy mother of five's second wedding after a divorce, with adult daughters Vesha Okello, Celly Rue, and Prudence Otieno among those who attended the ceremony.
Akothee previously said her two sons, Prince Ojwang and Prince Oyoo, who are both based in France, would miss the ceremony but would attend a second ceremony in Switzerland on July 10.
"Bring no propaganda or family politics to my wedding. My two sons will be the only ones who will miss my wedding because of school rules, but they will be present for the one scheduled for July 10."
Akothee has been engaged for a year.
She had indicated that some of her family members would miss the wedding.
After Akothee hinted that she had found the man of her dreams, the two lovebirds revealed their friendship late last year.
Omosh then appears to explain how he met the singer and what drew him to her. He narrated their first meeting in a recent social media post, saying he met Akothee while she was on vacation in France.
Because he was so taken with her, Omosh persuaded the businesswoman to visit Switzerland for their first physical meeting, which resulted in them making their relationship official.
"The first time I met Esther, I met her through my friend Pius, who lives near Lake Zug; she was in France on her way to Italy for the holidays, and after this video call, I told myself I had to meet her in person. Then Pius persuaded her to come to Switzerland, and on July 16th, Esther Akoth Kokeyo became mine."
Omosh said Akothee's fame and status did not diminish his feelings for her, and that it was her spirit, mind, and personality that captivated him the most.
"I didn't care about her status or who she is. I fell in love with her brain, spirit, personality, energy and she is beautiful."