Legendary Tanzanian Hip Hop star AY, born Ambwene Yessaya, on Thursday, July 13, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Remy, a Rwandese national. AY and Remy met in 2008.
Thirty-six-year-old AY first introduced Remy to the world in December last year, when Remy was celebrating her birthday. AY was previously dating Kenyan singer Amani, whom he met in 2005 before splitting in 2007, citing “distance and expenses incurred in making the relationship work” as main reasons for their break up.
In a February, 2016 interview AY showered praise on Amani, saying that the Missing My Baby hit-maker is highly patriotic.
“I met Amani in 2005. We became close friends and later, lovers. We loved and respected each other. In 2007, we split. (Contrary to what many speculated), misunderstanding and quarrel did not contribute to the break up. The distance and expenses incurred (in making the relationship work) were the main reasons we went our separate ways. Neither I nor Amani was ready to relocate to the other’s native country; patriotism played a part in our stance,” he explained.
According to the Zigo hitmaker, Amani is fiercely patriotic: “Everyone loves his or her country; you never tell Amani anything negative about Kenya; she loves her (Kenya) very much. I am also a proud Tanzanian.”
Despite going their separate ways, AY still holds Amani in high esteem.
“I will live to respect Amani, her decisions and her choice to love another man. During our dating stint, Amani taught me something – that Kenyan women are very decisive and firm! I appreciate Amani because she never mixed business with pleasure,” he said.
“After breaking up with Amani, I got into a relationship with popular designer Asia Idarous’ daughter Dida Idarous. We dated for two years but separated due to ideological differences.”
It is thereafter that AY kick-started a relationship with Remy.
In an exclusive interview with eDaily in March, 2016, Amani said she, just like AY, has moved on.
“I am seeing someone. He is not in the public limelight,” said Amani.
Asked whether a wedding was in the offing, she replied: “It’s going to happen soon! About the “soon”, wait and see – I am a bit of an introvert, and it is my private life; and I like to leave some room for mystery. But I have been dating and it has been a good experience.”
When Amani was informed that AY had waxed lyrical on her patriotism, she was flattered and responded: “It’s good to know he said good things about me. I am where I am right now and I am happy. He too is happy with his life. My decision not to relocate to Tanzania was based on my career; I was doing pretty well in Kenya at that point and time.”