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From “Jambo!” to “Nakupenda” – Kenyan Couple Nyokabi & Karogo’s Pre-Wedding Shoot

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Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (19)Kenyan couple Nyokabi Kahuria and Karogo Gichaya migrated from Kenya to live in the United States of America individually, although Nyokabi wanted a special request from God to satisfy her heart and make her stay in America worthwhile.

Unknown to the couple their families were already in-sync with their desire to find a life partner and brought the two of them together. An instant connection kicked things off and after prayers and fasting the two of them will soon become One.

This is how they went from “Jambo!” (Swahili for “Hello”) to “Nakupenda” (I love you) …

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~ Photography: Wale Ariztos

How We Met
from Nyokabi Bride-to-be
I moved over to the States on August 22nd of 2014, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life, so I found it pretty hard to accept that I had left everything behind in Kenya. Even though most of my family were in the States, I had no intentions of living here permanently, but with time God convinced me that this is where he wants me to be.Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (16)

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So, I told God that “if this is where you want me, the only thing that would make me stay is if you find me a husband here”.

Although, it may sound funny but my prayers have always worked. I embarked on a 21 day of prayer and fasting, specifically for my godly spouse, midnight prayers and all. I started on October 1st and finished on October 21st, 2014. Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (10)

Unbelievably, on the 22nd day of October, the day after I finished prayers, Karogo called me and after talking the first night for 3 hours, like we had known each other for a while, I had an aha!!! moment, it finally hit me that this was the man I was praying for…haiya!!!!!

He had got my number from his aunty who works with my dad, who had told him that there is a new girl in town from Kenya. Karogo had mentioned to his aunt he is looking for a wife from then henceforth we never stopped talking.

Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (15) Karogo stays in Maryland, and I settled in Seattle, on January 17th 2015 we saw each other in person for the first time after talking for two months on the phone. By the way he asked me to be his girlfriend over the phone after a month of talking. We dated for one year long distance, visiting back and forth, Seattle to Maryland and vice versa.

The Proposal

October 29th, 2015 was my 26th birthday, and of course he flew in to celebrate with me and also meet my family officially. I remember pouring my heart to him that night in our hotel room, telling him how grateful I am for so many things and I started telling him about my recent prayer items and one of them was that I will get engaged soon, haha! Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (22) Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (21) Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (17)

He was just listening to me, go on an on and on – Lol. After I went to have shower, when I came out of the bathroom he had ordered champagne and gave me my glass to drink, I looked and saw the ring floating inside, Jesus!! Kai ! As in!!  I was so surprised, I didn’t know while I was telling him about my prayer items God had already used him to answer – it’s amazing how God works.Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (26) Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (31) Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (30) Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (32)

I felt like I was dreaming, I didn’t even cry until later that night,  I didn’t sleep, I just kept looking at my finger it was unreal but I was so happy.Nyokabi and Karogo-Kenyan Wedding-Pre Wedding Shoot-BellaNaija-2016 (6)

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Advice For Couples

  • The growth of our relationship has not been easy, especially because of the distance. But God has always come through “Jesus at the center”.

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Shoot Location: Washington DC
Photographer: Wale Ariztos Photography | @waleariztos |  www.waleariztos.com
Makeup: Laomiz Beauty | @laomizbeauty_mua  |  www.laomiz.com

15 Comments

  1. ATL's finest

    April 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    God bless our Motherland & Congratulations to the couple. I can’t wait to see the entire wedding pictures ( something different from a Nigerian culture). @ BN taking a step up each day ?? Kudos guys.

  2. lolipop

    April 20, 2016 at 9:53 am

    awww….I fee the love here

  3. Ify

    April 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Lovely & Inspirering story, Indeed God never fails, He is ever faithful!

  4. Bey

    April 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful……….. Atleast a curvy woman for a change.

  5. Great Lady

    April 20, 2016 at 11:11 am

    God works in mysterious ways,it’s mind blowing. Very beautiful and stylish bride. Wishing you guys all the best.

  6. Catherine

    April 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    His miracles are new every morning. I can see his brightness shine forth from you guys. May God continue with you on this journey all the way.

  7. JEWELS

    April 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I’m a Kenyan and i feel super proud right now especially for BN’s feature. May God continue blessing them and being the pillar in their relationship

  8. Stellah

    April 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    That’s my classmate Anna, on behalf of Rosewwod fraternity we r proud u gal……May the Almighty God bless your union……..

  9. Dee Dee

    April 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Yes, Bella for featuring more weddings from the continent. Love.

  10. Sue

    April 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats to the lovely couple.May God bless your marriage.Mob love jirani

  11. carol

    April 21, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Congrats my classmate .God bless you guys.

  12. Mimie

    April 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

    congrats girl.proud of you and happy for you.God bless your union

  13. Tosin

    April 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

    awww.
    <3

  14. Mara

    April 22, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Awwww this is so sweet!! I love their smiles and their story – she told it so well, God bless them.

  15. Ola

    April 25, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Awww love this!! God works mahn! God bless your union!

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