Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday hosted a dowry negotiation ceremony for his eldest daughter June Ruto, who is getting married to her Nigerian fiancé.
Ruto welcomed June’s husband-to-be, who has been identified as Alexander Ezenagu, and his delegation at his Karen residence.
Soy MP Caleb Kositany is said to have led the team negotiating on behalf of Ruto while Ezenagu’s side was led by Osita Chidoka, a politician and former Minister of Aviation in Nigeria.
Through his Facebook page, Chidoka said, “The Kalenjin people of Kenya are pastoral people and have so much in common with the Igbos of Nigeria.”
“I was the negotiator at the bride price settlement ceremony. We haggled, we negotiated and at the end, we agreed on how many cows would be a fair price for the hands of June. June's father kept the event small and simple and family-focused. His position as Deputy President was relegated as he played the role of a father. Hon. Ruto and wife were great hosts.”
He added: “I regaled them with Igbo customs, proverbs and more. They are looking forward to visiting Ani Igbo to eat roasted yam and red oil.”
June, who studied international relations at the University of Queensland in Australia, currently serves as Kenya’s Charge d’Affaires in Poland.
Ezenagu describes himself as an Investment, Tax Law, and Development Governance expert, professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Qatar.
He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University in Canada and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in the UK.