They were a TV couple that many admired, but a few months after their engagement, the screen went off.
Willis Raburu and Sally Mbilu dated for a long time, with Willis finally proposing with a ring worth Sh100,000 on bended knee.
But the relationship went off air in January of 2016. A year later, Willis exchanged vows at a private wedding with Mary Ngami just three months after engaging her.
Apparently, Sally had issues with Raburu’s weight while Raburu discovered the petite lass was five years older than him.
Radio personality Shaffie Weru and singer-actress Debbie Asila were the ultimate power couple of radio in early 2000s. By 2005, Debbie was expecting their first child. But after two years or so, their planned wedding came to grief.
Just months later, Shaffie married Joan Mwihaki, a mother of one, in an Islamic wedding ceremony. But four years and a daughter later, the affair nosed south this January.
Shaffie confessed they separated and he is shopping for a replacement.
Local musician Avril broke her engagement with her South African fiancé, Leslie Mugadza in July 2016 saying, “I don’t know if we are going to carry on with our plans and all the arrangements because so much happened at the beginning of the year. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but for now, I’m just taking some time off everything in my life.”
A year later, Avril was pregnant with music producer J Blessing after a low-key relationship. J Blessing broke up a five-year relationship with long-time girlfriend, Chantelle, of Toklezea hit song fame, getting into an affair with Avril barely five months later.
He is now the rumored baby daddy of Avril’s son.
Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan also walked out of a 12-year-relationship she termed as toxic and abusive with the late Ugandan tycoon Ivan Ssemwanga.
Zari told Faridah Nakazibwe in December 2015 that, “I tried so much to mend the relationship, but it failed. I was abused even in front of my kids…sometimes in public. I think everyone knows that now.”
Ivan died in 2017 and the mother of three dated a basketball star, Isaac Lugudde aka LK4, bodybuilder Farouk Sempala and Tanzanian singer Diamond Platinumz, who broke a long-time relationship with Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu for Zari.
They married in less than a year and by August 2015, had a daughter Tiffah, and baby boy, Nillan, in December 2016.
When Diamond began messing around with model Hamisa Mobetto, Zari called it quits via social media on Valentine’s Day this year.
Why do couples date for ages only for one to break up the relationship and marry someone they have just met, complete with a lavish wedding to boot?
Being dumped by a man you have known for years, only for him to wed a chick he met at a funeral in Rumurut barely three months after a breakup, leaves not only wounded hearts and bruised egos, but also disturbing questions.
It is even worse for a man who gave everything to a woman for donkey years, paying her college fee, finding her a job and all, only for her to post pictures of her wedding to a man she met and dated in the duration of the World Cup.
According to the Nairobian, reasons for sudden abandonments range from intolerable habits, not being ready for a family, lust and one partner not being good for marriage.