A lavish ceremony that brought together Wilson and Ann Mutura was held in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday, February 14 – and expectedly, it became the talk of town, given the couple had late last month held a wedding ceremony worth KSh100 only.
Kenyans in their hundreds took to social media to congratulate the pair, while others took to the same platform to question why Mr and Mrs Mutura Valentine’s Day ceremony sponsors chose to spend millions of shillings in what they considered an “ideal” affair, yet the two had already been joined together.
Some online users further suggested that the reported KSh3.5 million that was used to organise Mr and Mrs Mutura’s Valentine’s Day event should have been used to support the couple financially.
But Aaltonen Jumba, from Slique Events Planner Ltd – the main organiser of the event, told the BBC that Mr and Mrs Mutura had already been helped and their Valentine’s Day ceremony was about the romance.
“The couple has already been supported by others financially. Different people gave different things at different levels. They have been given a greenhouse farm, a honeymoon and have been promised money to start a business,” Mr Jumba told the BBC.
“Since that has been taken care of, why not give them the wedding they never had. Everyone needs that dream wedding.”
What does Mr Mutura think of the concerned online users’ suggestions – that he and his wife should have been supported financially, instead of being thrown a lavish ceremony?
“The ceremony my wife and I had on February 14 was not a wedding per se, it was a day to celebrate our love, given we could not afford a hefty event back then. We danced, ate a cake and made merry. Suggestion by sections that the sponsors could have given my wife and I the money (KSh3.5 million) used to organise the event is valid, at least according to them. But again the sponsors organised the ceremony and we appreciate the opportunity,” Mr Mutura told EDAILY.
PROMISES: YET TO BE FULFILLED
Wilson Mutura, a fruit vendor in Kasarani, Nairobi, says despite receiving a plethora of promises after news about their KSh100 wedding went viral, he and Ann have received a honeymoon package by Bonfire Adventures and, recently, the KSh3.5 million ceremony by Slique Events Planner Ltd.
“My wife and I are yet to go on honeymoon to Dubai. I understand the plans by our sponsors to fly us out of the country are underway. I am yet to be informed on progress of the plans, though I heard everything has already been paid for,” said Wilson Mutura.
“About a land in Kajiado that we were promised, yes, the well-wishers contacted me before our Valentine’s Day ceremony and told me that we will sign ownership transfer documents on Friday, February 17. Besides that, I am unaware of any new arrangement. Another well-wisher said they’ll put up a business for us, but I am yet to follow up with them. They are yet to contact me,” added Mr Mutura.
KSh3.5 MILLION CEREMONY EXPERIENCE
Even as debate rages on over the internet as to whether Slique Events Planner Ltd should have supported Mr and Mrs Mutura financially, instead of throwing them a ‘dream wedding’, Wilson Mutura says he enjoyed the experience.
“I don’t know how to explain the feeling. It was just too good! I had not experienced such a feeling and I will always remember it for the rest of my life,” he said.
“I shed tears because when something happens in your life; something completely new to you; something that looks like a dream but it is indeed a reality, you can’t help it. I remembered how I slipped a KSh50 ring on my wife’s finger before, and there I was – slipping an expensive gold ring on her finger, I subconsciously found tears rolling down my cheeks. I could not believe it.
“I had dreamt of holding a big wedding, but due to my financial situation, I could not. And out of nowhere, I was at the centre of one of the most lavish reception ceremonies in the country. I felt loved by my sponsors. A huge number of people came to our Valentine’s Day ceremony; I felt raw, excessive love,” said Mr Mutura.
Throughout our interview, I realise Mr Mutura reveres his wife, Ann, not only because she accepted to marry him, but also because it is difficult to lure her with money.
“I feel lucky to have Ann because she has stood by me for three years now despite my financial situation. We did not rush into this marriage. Divorce cases nowadays are rampant – and I have seen how messy they can get. So, Ann and I took our time before committing. My KSh100 wedding has taught me that the ceremony is not all about money but intention.
“For a marriage to be complete, it is not all about money. A wedding ceremony is not marriage; marriage is love, understanding and perseverance. If Ann was after money, then she would not have accepted to be married by me,” said Wilson Mutura, adding: “Marriage is understanding the purpose of each party in the union.”