Orie Rogo’s wedding glory
Opulence and extravagance was the order of the day as the daughter of Orie Rogo Manduli tied the knot.
Elizabeth Awuor Rogo wed Ghanian Nana Agyemen Yaw in a star-studded event graced by dignitaries from all over the world. They all wore purple and grey, the day’s official colours.
The ceremony was a melting pot of cultures as West African, Kenyan and Western cultures came alive in the attires, accents, and music.
Ghana reigned in the decor with Andinkira symbols such ‘Duafe’ for femininity, ‘Dwennimmen’ for humility and strength and ‘Osram ne Nsoroma” for fidelity.
The bride and her ever-elegant mother arrived in a convoy of three white limousines and Range Rovers with Ms Manduli in her element as the fashionista and mother-of-the bride.
She wore a flowing golden maxi dress and her traditional bright red head wrap known as gele.
The bride, who is based in the United States and is a gas and oil engineer, abandoned the conventional white gown, opting instead for a grey chiffon gown and matching African jewellery.
Her long train bejewelled with silver African beads was carried by two Asian groomsmen in black suits.
A red carpet was rolled out for the bride and her entourage who marched into the church as the hymn ‘Praise to the Lord’ played.
The officiating cleric was the Rev Sammy Wainaina assisted by the Rev Alfred Apela.
A hearty and poignant sermon was delivered by the head of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Reverend Dr Eliud Wabukala.
As the newlyweds signed the marriage certificate, Mr Isaac Kavehere led the covenant choir in singing and ululation.
After the couple was officially presented to the crowd as ‘Mr and Mrs Agyemen Yaw’ amid wild ululations, it was time for the bride and her party to march out of the church dancing to South Africa’s big tune Solly Mahlangu “Wa Hamba Nathi”.
The guests were then treated to a lavish reception and sumptuous late lunch at the Rogos’ private home in Karen, entertained by the Gogosimo live band.