Dennis Okari popped the question on Saturday asking Joy Naomi if she would love to spend the rest of her life with him.
Pundits are now drawing comparisons between his first engagement to Betty Kyallo and this recent engagement.
Here are some of the pointers.
The second proposal was top secret not to be publicised.
Okari proposed to Joy Naomi in a surprise dinner where only family and very close friends were invited.
His first proposal to TV queen Betty Kyallo was carried out during a holiday in Mombasa.
According to sources,
“Dennis took her to Mombasa. They went to south coast’s Swahili Beach Hotel. He informed everyone about it and for two days tourists were just staring at Betty. He proposed at the poolside as a Maasai moran accompanied by two white twin girls carried the plate of roses surrounding the ring. It was mind blowing,” said our source.
Later the media reports indicate that the couple did gush about their engagement.
“I will not deny nor confirm this story but I will let you know soon,” Betty told a section of the media..
Dennis on the other hand hinted the possibility of the wedding but declined to give more details.
“We are still planning and we will let you know as soon as all is ready,” he said.
The traditional wedding went swimmingly without any drama
Okari’s traditional wedding in ukambani – Joy Naomi’s parents home – is said to have gone smoothly. No hitches at all.
That was not the case with Betty’s ruracio.
“When we started preparations for the traditional wedding, the cracks started to show. A week and a half to the ceremony, certain things about me were said by my partner’s family, and my family found out. They weren’t happy,” Betty narrated to True Love.
Adding, “I needed to find out what time their entourage would arrive. But he did not pick up my call. I tired calling him again after an hour and once again it went unanswered.”
Betty’s parents tried to contact Okari which saw their calls go unanswered too.
“At 3pm, when we tried to call again, all their phones were off. By the time the sun was going down, it was obvious that I had been stood up on my traditional wedding.”
All this time, Betty’s mother had invited almost 250 friends from her chama, they had used lots of money to prepare for the traditional wedding.
“My dad wanted to go and tell everyone what was happening, but i told him that i would go. I started by thanking them for coming and then i told them that things did not work out. I would sense that nobody understood what I was talking about, but I let them know that I was grateful to have them home since we had not connected for a long time.”
Parents love the new fiance
Going by the attendance at the engagement dinner, both Okari and Joy Naomi’s family seem to get along.
Again, this was the missing ingredient in Betty’s love life with Okari.
Everybody in her family wanted her to break up with Okari after what he had put her through. Three years down the line, pregnant Betty Kyallo would then go back to Okari as she talked to him behind her family’s back.
The two agreed that when their daughter turned one year, they would do a second traditional wedding even though Betty felt that she was not being protected by Okari when it came to his family’s side.
This time round, the traditional wedding was attended by only ten people. Betty explained,
“We then decided that when Ivanna turned one, we would have the wedding. The second traditional wedding leading up to this day was attended by only 10 people. My mum and dad were the only ones present from my from of the family. But ultimately, it was not the marriage ceremony I had dreamed of.”
The bride-to-be is sure of her decision
Joy Naomi was sure of her answer to Okari when she said, “Yes!” and hugged him tightly as the room burst out in cheers and ululation. The engagement dinner saw Okari get vulnerable and ask Joy:
“The answer that I will get today will be etched in my memories for as long as I live.
I will love you with all the wisdom that God will give me and not just to love you but also to love Him as well and to serve His people.”
As for Betty, she had doubts from day one. She didn’t want the wedding nor the marriage but because of the “power couple” image they had created for the public, she agreed.
Betty said in a past interview:
“I felt it was still very premature and we had no story to tell. I was just learning the ropes and the idea of getting married was also just settling in. So I wasn’t sure if our story would have depth. You can imagine being engaged at 23, what do you know? But when you are in love, you easily get influenced by what your partner thinks and feels. And so Dennis managed to convince me to take the opportunity.”
We wish the happy couple the best in their impending nuptials.