THE BIGGEST KENYAN WEDDING EVER SEEN IN UK
It all started in the morning when they went to pick up the bride
Kenya High Commissioner in the UK His Excellency Ephrain Ngare was among the invited guests at by far, the biggest wedding ever among the Kenyan community in the UK. The wedding between George Kinyatti and Margaret Njiiri was held on Saturday 8th September 2012 at the Mount Zion Millinium City Church Bobbersmill, Church Field Lane, Nottingham and was officiated by Bishop Sarpong of Calvary Charismatic Church- UK.
Everyone was busy in the morning to get in church on time
The wedding attracted many Kenyans from the UK and abroad with close to 1,500 people turning up for the reception held at the an exclusive country club Goosedale Conference and Banqueting in the posh neighbourhood of Bestwood Village, Nottingham. Many people had taken the advantage of the good weather for family outing with majority of people driving in private cars, while those who travelled from far had hired coaches to get to Nottingham.
Among the guests were people from Kenya, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Belgium . ‘I have worked in this place for over 15 years and I have never seen anything like this’ quipped a duty manager at the club. The 1000 capacity conference hall was full to capacity and needed an extra tent almost same size as the hall to cope with the large number of people who turned up for the reception. The African themed wedding brought a display of African attire that could only be matched to an African clothing fashion show.
Notably at the wedding was father of the bride attire Peter Njiiri Karanja popularly known as Mr. Seed of www.misterseed.com who wore Nigerian attire reflecting a community Chief which goes alongside with whisk, a walking stick and a chain labelled with Kenyan flag. The budget of the wedding was high and services were primarily contracted to Kenyan business men and women. Among those who were contracted to provide services for the big event was Joseph Gatonye of Josh catering services was contracted to provide the catering services for over 1,500 people; Ken of KENTV provided the Video services; Njehu Ng’ang’a of Studio 77 did the photography while the DJ contract went to Josh of Simba Sounds.
African dressing was an issue for all
The colourful wedding had the maids dressed in sky blue and men in brown. Kenyan ladies escorted the bride and the bridegroom to the reception with different traditional and Christian songs. After the reception the dancing of mugiithi (Kikuyu traditional songs) went on until 1.00 p.m. on Sunday morning. The bride, Margaret Njiiri, is a pharmacist by profession and is the last born of Mr Njiiri and his wife Pastor Jane Njiiri a famous pre-independence chief Njiiri of Kigumo, Muranga, Kenya.
Mugiithi was the favourite for Kenyans and non-Kenyans
Mr Njiiri is popularly known as misterseed. The name is derived from his community website www.misterseed.com, the largest Kenyans Diaspora community website in the UK with more than 300,000 hits a day. George Kinyatti the bridegroom is from Kikuyu, Kiambu, Kenya. Over 16 guests came from Kenya including George’s parents.
The dancing continued to the early hours of Sunday morning