Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi has gone comic even in his wedding preparations. Omondi wants all Kenyans to take part in his wedding arrangements by specifically contributing shillings for his big-budget marriage ceremony to his Italian girlfriend Chantal Grazioli.
The self-proclaimed president of comedy says that Kenyans should consider his wedding as an international affair because he is bringing Italy to Kenya.
“My wedding is not a personal affair, it’s an international affair. Kenya is marrying Italy and it’s [Italy] coming to Kenya with all the benefits we need,” Omondi said during a media interview.
Omondi’s wedding is estimated to cost Kenyan Sh80m (about Shs3billion). Which he says he cannot raise on his own.
“Our wedding hasn’t happened yet because I’m waiting for you [Kenyans] to help me fundraise. I need Sh80 million; for the dowry payment, pre-wedding and main wedding. Soon, I will share M-Pesa number so people can contribute something,” he said.
Despite launching the fundraising drive, Omondi says not all Kenyans will fly to Italy for the ruracio (dowry paying ceremony).
“I’ll go for the ceremony accompanied by 15 people, among them Hon Babu Owino, Governor Sonko, and Hon Jaguar. I will have to hire a private jet,” he said.
Omondi and Chantal Grazioli got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2016 and they are set to marry in September 2019.