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Deaf couple weds in rare ceremony after dating via SMS

A deaf couple that dated through text messages at the weekend exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony presided over by a deaf pastor in Murang’a.

William Mwaura, 29, and Phyllis Wawira 28, got married at Kang’eng’u ACK church in Kandara Constituency on Saturday after a one and half years of courtship.

The marriage, led by a deaf priest, deaf best couple and deaf maids, attracted a huge crowd that had gathered to witness a rare ceremony in the area.

With the help of the interpreter, the bride and the bridegroom’s parents and the villagers followed the proceedings of the wedding as the lovebirds declared their commitment to each other.


The interpreter Immanuel Muigai said the two met in 2016 in Embu County during a church function since both are members of Deaf Mission Fellowship Church.

“After interacting, the two church members became friends, then became concerned friends and then love birds and that’s how a courtship begun,’ Mr Muigai who is also a member of the Deaf Mission Fellowship in Nakuru county told the Nation.

Ms Wawira hails from Embu County while the bride comes from Kandara.

The two kept their love blossoming through text messages which greatly contributed to their interactions.

The groom is a carpenter while the bride is a salonist. They told the Nation that they are ready to settle as a husband and wife.

“When I met my lover one and half years ago, I felt new and something clicked my mind that I had met my helper,” Mr Mwaura said through sign language.