Marriage made in heaven: Meet happily married Kenyan celebrity couples
By Cheptoek Boyo | July 21st 2021
Modern marriages are complicated institutions, what with unrealistic expectations, conniving in-laws, toxic friends, materialism, religious differences and people getting into unions for the wrong reasons.
Matters mostly come to a head when rushing a relationship baked on social media, infidelity, external influences, one partner suddenly changing and money (when too much or too little) worsens an already strained couple. The coming of children only locks the exit latch especially in marriages cemented via church weddings-before God, family, friends and not a few haters.
But there are happily married couples whose marriages are made in heaven and lived on earth. This cold July season, The Nairobian gives you seemingly happily married couples who through rain, hell or high water, are still going strong. Wenye wivu wajinyonge!
Njugush and Celeste
For comedian Njugush and wife Celestine Ndinda, theirs was a loved brewed from a college hostel. The couple share a son and are not shy from celebrating their love anniversary.
“It’s been a whole year since he married his beautiful and supportive wife and Njugush took to Instagram to remind us of their milestone in the funniest and most adorable way,” said Celestine in 2019.
Njugush added, “It’s been a journey aki- kutoka hostels pale K.I.MC bana to making a cute little family. Happy 1st anniversary to the lady who made the most beautiful bride for me hapa wadau niliangukia. Happiest anniversary to you sweet caramel nut. Happiest one to the great talent manager ever. Alafu niliwacha ugali managu hapo pole nilimaliza nyama tuliambiwa hii kitu nikuvumiliana nanii.”
Nameless and Wahu
Kenya’s celebrity music power couple have been married for over 14 years, sing together and are currently doing a reality show, 'This Love'...aaaaw. They have been together for over 20 years after meeting at a university function through a mutual friend. They dated for eight years before getting married on September 10, 2005. In a previous interview Wahu named the top five qualities that make Nameless a good husband. "His dedication towards family, his sensitive nature, his easy going temperament, his sense of leadership and his good looks!" she told NTV.
Nameless said though they have been together for long, they are still learning about each other.
“It’s been eight years dating and 12 years marriage. We know each other inside out and we are still learning each other. Our foundation is pretty strong and we have weathered very many storms but the good thing is she understands my pressure and I understand hers,” he said.
The only regret he has is not getting kids early, "One thing I wish I could have done is I think I should have had my kids earlier. Our kids change our lives so my much, and especially how you look at life. As I always say, there are things I see in my kids that explain so much about me.” The two have two daughters Tumiso and Nyakio.
Bahati and Diana
It is hard to stay in a relationship when your whole marriage is judged by the public but gospel singer Bahati and Diana have managed it from having a TV shows to exposing themselves on social media. They married at a traditional wedding held at Diana Marua’s family home in Komarock in October 2017. Regarding their age differences Diana stated, “everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. Back then, some people said things that were cruel but we are over that and it is none of our concern now. I mean, we have been together for almost two years now having gone through the different faces of friendship, dating and now marriage. We always put it out there everything we want people to know. What they make of it is their choice.”
Bahati said marriage changed his life positively, “Imenisaidia sana kuwa more responsible. Thinking jioni uko na watu wanakuangalia unafeed so imenisaidia sana kukuwa more responsible more focused. At times naangalianga Heaven (daughter) pia nasema I have to live right because right now I’m in the public hizi vitu hazijifuti zinajiweka.”
Chris and Cate Kirwa
The events power couple are business partners working together. The couple took to social media and posted: “On 21st October 2013, I married my best friend @CateKirwa…we thank God for her, our families, friends, business partners and everyone who supported our dream wedding. May God continue blessing you. Thank you.” The couple never liked how people associate pain and negativity with marriage especially if the couple is in the limelight. So, they started their positive hashtag #WarmestCouple and posted a photo of different couple to celebrate marriage of which Kirwa said “It is beautiful. But that is not to say that couples don’t disagree. There are challenges which all of us experience but that is just normal.”
Bishop Allan and Cathy Kiuna
Church couple Bishop Allan and Rev Kathy have been married for over 24 years. Though they went through a rough patch in the beginning because of power struggles, they made it work.
“This thing called submission and it caused some problem. My husband would ask me to do things for him, like to get him tea, and I would get mad. I would wonder why he was asking yet he has arms, hands and legs and I would tell him so. This went on for a while and the more it continued, the more miserable we both became. When he finally had enough, he sat me down and told me that he was no longer courting me as I was his wife; and that he could make me happy or unhappy. The choice lay with me.”
Allan wanted their marriage to work and she had to submit to him and “that was my wake-up call,” she said.
Haters on social media have at times throw cold water at them but they have come out strongly to defend their marriage with the Bishop once posting, “my wicked enemies stumble and fall!” while Rev Kathy Kiuna also supported her hubby, showering him with praise saying, “finally home with my boo after an extraordinary mission. God has been too good to us. To Him be the glory.”
DJ Mo and Size Eight
Gospel power couple, DJ Mo and Size 8 tied the knot in 2013 in a private wedding that was only attended by family and close friends. During their fifth anniversary Size 8 posted on social media: “I can testify of such a miracle. To you ohh Lord be all the glory. Thank you for blessing me with the best husband heaven can produce for me @djmokenya . May this our marriage be your instrument to encourage others who have lost hope in marriage that you are still able to perform miracles and that they should believe against all that you can rescue their marriages.” Though marriage is hard the couple have had their own fair share of disagreements.
Julie and Antony Gichuru
Celebrated media personality Julie Gichuru and hubby Anthony Gichuru exchanged their nuptials on November 29, 2003.
She confessed that during their dating days when things got serious she did not know how to cook. "Honey, you need to know I can't cook." She told him, "I have developed a love for healthy food and even cooking. For those who are not aware, I am a terrible cook. Many years ago when I was at Capital FM, things were serious with Mr G, so I decided to come clean on all issues. "Honey, you need to know I can't cook." He laughed but I was dead serious.
In close to 19 years together, not once has he complained while I have enjoyed his choma and more. I want to make something he will truly enjoy. I have a new recipe for a super-fabulous omelette. Life is a journey?” Added Julie. The couple is blessed with four kids.
Secret is out: Marry your best friend
Faith Atsango, a marriage counselor says the secret to a happy marriage is marrying your best friend as “it will make it easier for you when it comes to resolving issues, when familiarity gets in marriage or when the empty nest syndrome checks in you have friend ship to hang onto.”
Atsango adds that communicating your feelings well to your spouse is key besides not holding grudges during conflicts. “Talk to each other what you want and how you feel and take time to understand each other. Try to know the dislikes and likes of your partner. Create and spend time together as much as you can. This increases the bonding time together.”
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