- Women have long been left out of talks about what men should gift their families before they are allowed to marry them
- However, many female celebrities have come to determine what men should pay as dowry before saying yes to the idea of marriage.
- Elsa Majimbo said she will need to get 1.4 billion naira (KSh400 million), Pritty Vishy said she wants 716 million naira (KSh2 million) while Justina Syokau said a man must have a helicopter.
Dowry was once a traditional event reserved for men and community elders to determine what a man offers a woman’s family before he was given the green light to marry her.
However, we live in an awakened society that has empowered women who are dating now to determine how much they should receive for dowry.
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While some people may think their demands are outrageous, society has on the other hand praised these women for being bold and knowing their worth.
Here are four Kenyan celebrities who have come out openly with their grievances and let men decide if their pockets can get that deep.
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1. Elsa Majimbo
US-based Kenyan comedian Elsa Majimbo has been trending for days after saying on national television what a man has to cough up before asking for her hand.
The funny lady added that if a man approaches her and proposes to her, she would expect him to pay KSh400 million in dowry, or N1.4 billion.
“I expect someone who is broke or someone who has no money not to approach me. First of all, my dowry is KSh4 million,” a- she declared.
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Majimbo never backed down from her words and she has since set out to make a name for herself in the American entertainment and fashion scene.
2. Pritty Vishy
Stivo Simple Boy’s ex-immediate lover Pritty Vishy has shocked people after saying that a man who wants to marry her has to pay a bride price worth KShs 2m, N716m .
“My dowry is KSh 2 million and I don’t want any cows. It’s not much because you know what you are worth, it’s a duty to set your standards,” she said.
Pritty also noted that she could cook and clean, but could not go to the farm to till the land, and her husband had to understand that she was a wife, not a worker.
3. Justina Syokau
Gospel singer Justina Syokau also joined the baby girl train and shared that she was only interested in dating rich guys.
Talking about the kind of man she wants, the Twendi hitmaker Twendi shared:
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“Like this year, I said if a man doesn’t bring gold, Mercedes Benz and things like a helicopter, I mean things that have value. If it’s clothes, I mean it. wore which are worth KSh50,000. Surprise me in Dubai,” she said, pointing to show how much she wanted to travel outside the mainland.
4. King Kalala
Radio host King Kalala has also been vocal enough to tell people how much it would cost to have her as a wife.
NRG Radio host Kalala sparked a heated debate online after she said she was demanding KShs 12 million for the dowry, or N 1.4 billion.
The celeb posted a photo of herself in the studio and asked her fans if she might be out of line for the requests.
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Legit.ng reported that a man told how he and his family were left in total confusion after they were asked to cook for the dowry ceremony they attended.
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Nahashon and his family traveled all the way from Murang’a to Makueni for his uncle’s dowry event, but when they arrived they were told they had to cook for themselves and the other guests, such as the culture of the Akamba wants it.
Speaking to a trusted Kenyan news outlet, Tuko, the man said they had items with them which the in-laws had requested of them and although they were told they were the ones who were cooking the meals, they thought it was a joke.