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Jackie Matubia – How I spent Sh300,000 to get divorced

by Paul Nyongesa
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Renowned Kenyan actress and award-winner, Jackie Matubia, recently shed light on the intricate and often grueling process of divorce, sharing her personal journey of parting ways with ex-husband Kennedy Njogu.

The couple, who had been together since 2014, finalized their divorce in March 2019, citing irreconcilable reasons.

In an exclusive interview with Nairobi News, Matubia bravely delved into the financial and emotional toll that the divorce proceedings took on her.

One of the striking revelations was the financial investment she made in the process—roughly Sh300,000.

“I used roughly Sh300,000 for the process; that would change depending on your case. If you guys have assets together, a problem with child support. ” Matubia explained.

She expressed a deep-seated fear of undergoing another white wedding, citing the trauma associated with her previous divorce.

”There are a lot of hearings and so on. Mine was even traumatising because it was during the Covid-19 period, so your case is mentioned, you can’t go to court, you do online, then it’s canceled. That trauma really got to me,”

Her candid advice to others was clear: don’t rush into marriage. She advocated for an extended engagement period and urged couples to be open about their intentions from the outset.

The actress, acclaimed for her role in the hit TV series ‘Tahidi High,’ underlined the need for individuals to take their time before committing to marriage, especially if there are fears or concerns related to the divorce process.

“Divorce is expensive, time-consuming, and getting yourself into it again. There are those that work, but if someone is going through that scare, it is better for someone to take time before they can commit to a marriage.”

Matubia’s perspective was not one of outright rejection of marriage but rather a cautious and measured approach. She articulated that, while she wouldn’t rule out the possibility of another marriage, she would not rush into it. Instead, she expressed a willingness to stay in a committed relationship for an extended period, even over 15 years, before considering a wedding.

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