Paying dowry the Luo way: choppers, guzzlers colour Meru town


Jared K Otieno with Kendi Mwiti
Jared K Otieno with Kendi Mwiti Photo/Courtesy

Meru was abuzz with excitement on August 15, 2015 when 4 choppers landed at Dr. Mwiti’s home as Jared Otieno went to pay dowry.

Thanks to the affluent man from the Lakeside City, Meru town was ‘a hotbed’ of expensive cars as his moneyed friends escorted him to his fiancée’s family home.

Jared had gone to seal the deal with Kendi Mwiti’s parents just two months after he spent Ksh15, 000, 000 for an extravagant pre-wedding party in Ndhiwa, Nyanza.

The party was a carnival of expensive delights, and even the region’s political elite were in attendance.

Jared went all out for the ceremony, and he even hired pricey corporate MC Jalango to host the function. Speaking to a local daily, Jalango said that Jared’s party brought Ndhiwa to a standstill.

“I trust this will be the wedding of the year. You should have seen the convoy of 18 Range Rovers and the Porsche Cayenne Jared was driven in. Literally, Ndhiwa came into a standstill. All hotels had been booked by the Meru team and we had to sleep in the cars. The cheapest drink was Black Label,” Jalang’o, the MC of the day, told a local daily.

In late May, Jared gave his fiancée the keys to their six-bedroom house – an act which symbolised she had graduated from a girlfriend to a wife.

Otieno is expected to wed his flame Kendi Mwiti – the daughter of Dr Mwiti who is a popular scholar from Meru, in October, 2015.

Here are photos taken in Meru:

Jared K Otieno's expensive Porsche
Jared K Otieno’s expensive Porsche Photo/Courtesy
The interior of Jared K Otieno's Porsche
The interior of Jared K Otieno’s Porsche Photo/Courtesy
Of the choppers landing in Meru
Of the choppers landing in Meru Photo/Courtesy
The convoy of vehicles which headed to Meru
The convoy of vehicles which headed to Meru Photo/Courtesy
The huge crowd which gathered to witness the  event
The huge crowd which gathered to witness the event Photo/Courtesy
The attendees of the Jared K Otieno's dowry payment ceremony
The attendees of Jared K Otieno’s dowry payment ceremony Photo/Courtesy
The attendees of the Jared K Otieno's dowry payment ceremony
Of the choppers Photo/Courtesy
The top of the range convoy headed for Kendi's dowry payment
The top of the range convoy headed for Kendi’s dowry payment Photo/Courtesy
Jared K Otieno's fiance, Kendi Mwiti
Jared K Otieno’s fiancee, Kendi Mwiti Photo/Courtesy

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Paying dowry the Luo way: choppers, guzzlers colour Meru town
Brian Okoth
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