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KIM NANA (L), SANURA KASSIM (C), TANASHA OKETCH (R) AND DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (INSET) [PHOTO | EDAILY]

Tanzania’s Nana or Kenya’s Oketch: Diamond’s mum finally picks her choice

Musician Diamond Platnumz’s mother, Sanura Kassim, has refuted online claims that she disapproves of her son’s choice of a lifetime partner – Kenyan beauty Tanasha Oketch.

Speaking to Tanzania’s Risasi Mchanganyiko last weekend, Ms Kassim, who is popularly known as Bi Sandra in social media circles, said allegations that she is pushing for her son to marry Tanzanian model Kim Nana – and not 22-year-old Ms Oketch –, are false.

“Why would I refuse to accept her as my daughter-in-law yet she has not done anything wrong to me? Who even said that I have refused to approve of her? If my son thinks that she suits him perfectly, then I am ready to bless their relationship. Age is not on Diamond’s side, and I believe he is now ripe for marriage,” Ms Kassim told Risasi Mchanganyiko.

“I have welcomed my daughter-in-law [Ms Oketch] with open arms; and with a lot of love. May God intervene so that the wedding takes place as planned,” said Ms Kassim.

The 50-year-old’s sentiments were echoed by Diamond’s sister, Esma Platnumz, who says she wishes Ms Oketch is the last woman Diamond is introducing to them as his lover.

“I have no issue at all with Diamond’s choice. I welcome her [Ms Oketch] to our family. It is Diamond – himself – who chose Ms Oketch; and he sees it appropriate for him to marry her. Who am I to fault his choice? I wish them well. I also wish that she does not end up like her predecessors. I wish to be called a sister-in-law,” Esma Platnumz told Risasi Mchanganyiko.

Ms Oketch introduced Diamond Platnumz to her family on December 1, when he visited Kenya for a concert in Thika, Kiambu County.

One week later, Diamond also introduced Ms Oketch to his mother.

Diamond’s choice of a partner – which many had not predicted –, came on the back of proclamations by his mother that she had okayed her son’s “relationship” and “planned wedding” with video vixen Kim Nana, whose real name is Lillian Kessy.

“Kim Nana is currently taking Islam and Sharia lessons. She is also being taught how to read and interpret the Quran by Diamond’s uncle, Shamte – the brother to my son’s dad. Those waiting for my son to dump Kim would have to wait for a very long time; that won’t even happen,” Ms Kassim told Tanzania’s Amaninewspaper in late October.

Ms Kassim’s comments were reiterated by Diamond’s kinsperson, who spoke in confidence to Amaninewspaper.

“Diamond is so serious with the video vixen that he has convinced her into changing her religion [from Christianity to Islam] as they plan their wedding. Diamond says age is catching up with him, and he needs to settle down,” the artiste’s relative told Amani newspaper.

Last week, Diamond Platnumz revealed that he will tie the knot with Ms Oketch, on February 14, 2019, exactly one year since the artiste was ditched by his Ugandan girlfriend Zari Hassan.

Speaking to Wasafi TV, the award-winning crooner said he needs a wife to help him manage his many business projects.

“I have set February 14, 2019 as my wedding date. The ceremony will last four days. Valentine’s Day will fall on a Thursday; so, the wedding ceremony will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That is my preliminary arrangement. If anything would come up, forcing me to change the dates, I will communicate that in good time,” said Diamond Platnumz.

“I really want to settle down. I have had enough fun. Honestly, I have done a lot!” added the “Sikomi” star.

“I have invested in so many business ventures. I own TV and radio stations; I also have a vibrant digital platform; I also own a groundnuts business – Diamond karanga, and a record label WCB. I need a woman who will help me run the businesses. I won’t be able to manage the projects on my own. I need a wife to offer advice, and help me steer the businesses to success so that we can secure our future,” said Diamond Platnumz, adding: “I am having that conversation with Tanasha.”

These reports come on the back of allegations that Diamond has hired bodyguards to provide security to Ms Oketch.

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