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Safaricom boss ties the knot in private affair

Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore married his  partner, Ms Wambui Kamiru, at an invite-only purple- and white-themed ceremony in Nairobi at the weekend.

Mr Collymore, who has been at the helm of Safaricom since 2010, wed Ms Kamiru at a private residence in Kitisuru, an upmarket suburb in Nairobi.

The couple have not issued a public statement on their marriage, but reports indicated that the wedding took place on Saturday, even though pictures from the reception only surfaced and were shared widely on social media on Sunday.

The bride is the founder of The Art Space, an independent commercial art gallery situated on Riverside Drive, Nairobi, according to her website.

According to her blog, Ms Kamiru’s work revolves around developing artwork on the theme of colonialism, identity and independence in Africa.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and his bride, Ms Wambui Kamiru, during their wedding on Saturday.
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and his bride, Ms Wambui Kamiru, during their wedding on Saturday.


Photographs show the couple beaming with joy. Mr Collymore wore a white, casual, collarless linen suit while the bride stunned in a simple, knee-length sheath dress.

This is the second marriage for each of them. They have been dating for a number of years and have attended many social functions together.

The high-flying CEO, who now enjoys celebrity status in Kenya, was born in Guyana and lived in the UK, and now appears to have fully made Kenya his new home.

In an interview with Bloomberg, he said he felt Kenyan. “Now I say, ‘me I’m Kenyan, me’,” he is quoted as saying mimicking the peculiar Kenyan way of speaking.

His marriage to an artist takes him closer to his first love: art. Before he began working in the corporate world, he used to paint, but his mother nagged him to get a “proper job”.

Invited guests included Attorney General Githu Muigai, radio personality Caroline Mutoko, Kenya Film Commission’s Chris Foot, musician Juliani, and talk show host Jeff Koinange.