Story behind Eric Omondi’s ‘Welcome Home Chantal’ billboard

CHANTAL GRAZIOLLI AND ERIC OMONDI [PHOTO/COURTESY]

Popular Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi has urged men not to feel pressurized into going out of their financial span to please their partners, simply because a celebrity chose to pull a rare, expensive stunt for his lover.

His advice comes two days after he partnered with a Chinese digital service provider to erect a billboard at the exit point of the JKIA to welcome his girlfriend, Chantal Graziolli, who had been out of the country for five months.

“These things are not really extraordinary. If you are able to do these things, do them,” he told eDaily.

“I planned the surprise for two months. I hunted for a billboard which was at an exit point from the JKIA. I needed one which was at a high traffic area. The Chinese Digital service provider had placed their advert on a billboard, which I had deemed to be on a very strategic spot. I reached out to them and they liked the idea, which saw us partnering,” said Eric Omondi.

I WANTED A UNIQUE STUNT: OMONDI

“I opted for the billboard placement because it is a move which, until then, had not been pulled by any couple in Kenya. I’d initially thought of placing the message on a screen at the airport, unfortunately there are no screens at the JKIA, which left me with no choice but to go the billboard way. I wanted to welcome Chantal to Kenya after five months of being away in Italy,” said Eric Omondi.

‘DON’T BREAK THE BANK TO PLEASE YOUR PARTNER’

“I have seen men on social media claiming I set the standards so high for them, and that their partners would, probably, want a similar treat. What I can say is that that was Eric Omondi doing his thing. He can afford it. Men should not feel pressurized into hiring billboards to relay their love messages to their partners. People are different; and that is why there is Eric Omondi, Jonathan Otieno, Alfred Mwangi, we have wazungus, Africans… People are different. So, I am not asking people to do what I did,” said Eric Omondi.

“I am happy she (Chantal) is home,” concluded the comedian.

Eric Omondi was asked how much the whole stunt cost him, but he did not reveal the enquired details.

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