- For a long time, women were forbidden to talk about what men should give their families before they would be allowed to marry them
- However, many celebrities have come out to decide what men should pay as dowry before they say yes to the idea of marriage
- Elsa Majembo said she would have to get 1.4 billion Kenya shillings (400 million Kenya shillings), Pretty Vichy announced she wanted 716 million Kenyans shillings (2 million Kenyans shillings) while Justina Siukau said the man should have a helicopter.
In the past, dowry was a traditional event that was reserved for men and the elderly in society to determine what a man would give to a woman’s family before being given the green light to marry her.
However, we live in an awake society that has empowered women who are now out to determine how much they should be given in return for the dowry.
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While some people may think their demands are outrageous, society on the other hand has praised these women for being bold and knowing their worth.
Here are four Kenyan celebrities who have publicly stated their demands and let men decide if their pockets can go that far.
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1. Elsa Magmbo
The Kenyan actress, Elsa Magmbo, who is based in the United States, has been out for several days after she mentioned on national television what a man needs to cough up before he asks for her hand in marriage.
The funny lady added that if a man approached her and proposed to her, she would expect him to pay Ksh 400 million as dowry, N 1.4 billion.
“I would expect a broken person or someone without money not to approach me. First of all, my dowry is 4 million Kenyan shillings.”
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Majembo has never gone back on her words and has since moved on to make a name for herself in the US entertainment and fashion scene.
2. Pretty Fishy
Pretty Vichy, the ex-lover of Stevo Simple Boy, shocked people after declaring that a man who wanted to marry her would have to pay a dowry of Ksh 2 million, and Ksh 716 million.
“My dowry is 2 million Kenyan shillings and I don’t want a cow. It’s not much because you know your value should set your standards,” she said.
Preeti also indicated that she can cook and clean but cannot go to the farm to plow the land and her husband must understand that she is a wife and not a labourer.
3. Justina Siukau
Gospel singer Justina Siukau has also joined the little girls bandwagon and said she is only interested in dating rich men.
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“Like this year, I said if a guy doesn’t bring gold, Mercedes-Benz and things like a helicopter, I mean things of value. If it was her clothes, I’d wear some Ksh50,000 worth. Surprise me in Dubai,” she said, indicating she wanted to travel outside the continent.
4. King Kalala
Radio presenter King Kalla was candid enough to tell people how much it would cost her to marry.
NRG Radio presenter Kalala caused a heated debate online after she said she is demanding 12 million Kenyan shillings for the dowry, N 1.4 billion.
The celebrity posted a photo of her in the studio and asked her fans if she might be far from the demands.
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Lawful He recounted how a man was left with his family in complete confusion after he asked them to cook the food for the dowry they had prepared.
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Nahashon and his family traveled all the way from Moranga to Makweni to attend his uncle’s dowry but upon arrival, they were told they had to cook for themselves and the other guests as it is the culture prevalent among the Akamba.
Speaking to a trusted Kenyan media outlet Tuko, the man said they had with them some items that the in-laws had ordered from them, and although they were told that they would be cooking the meals, they thought it was a joke.