A lucky woman namely Gettie Nthiiri got the surprise of her life when her partner Antony Buluma Samba dropped to one knee in the arrivals hall of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after flying in from an undisclosed place of origin.
Seeing her man receive her at the airport after a moment of separation due to distance would have made the perfect gift for Gettie. But the surprise proposal proved more fulfilling.
A group comprising family, friends and colleagues carrying placards written: “Gettie will you marry me?” received her at the airport. She tearfully accepted the proposal from Mr Bulama, her long-time boyfriend.
Unbeknownst to Gettie, Mr Bulama – an alumnus of the United States International University –, had actually arrived at the airport Monday evening to prepare for the big moment.
Prior to proposing, Mr Bulama patiently held a large bunch of flowers, while he waited for his partner to arrive. Spotting his other half approaching, a smile erupted on his face and he went down on his left knee, popped the question as a band equipped with a musical keyboard and a guitar serenaded her.
Heartwarming photos showed Gettie running toward her boyfriend and throwing herself into his arms.
As Gettie said ‘yes’, the assembled crowds cheered and a clatter of smartphone shutter sounds followed like a round applause.
“This is God’s doing. I give Him the glory. He is worthy to be praised. Thank you all who took part in making this real. To Gettie Nthiiri you are my choice. I found you and discovered a beautiful thing. You are my love; may God be our guide,” Mr Bulama said after Gettie accepted his proposal.
Having played all the right notes at the airport pickup, Mr Bulama struck a chord with onlookers.
Gettie Nthiiri is a Master’s degree holder from the University of Nairobi and currently works at Parliament of Kenya.
Mr Buluma on the other hand has worked as a co-executive producer at the Great Debaters Contest.
All photos: Courtesy of Antony Buluma Samba.