Sunday, June 28, 2015

I Was Not Invited – Pokello's Biological Father

Pokello's biological father was conspicuously absent when Elikem went to pay lobola last week. It has since emerged that Retired Colonel George Nare was not invited to the ceremony.

Eyebrows were raised when none of the Nare clan was present. Yet when a daughter gets married, regardless of the differences between mum and dad, both parents are always involved.

However, Rtd Col Nare was not angry like some fathers would be after he was not invited but maintained his cool saying he was not worried about being snubbed.

He downplayed the issue hinting that he was not one to dance publicly to family politics adding that he wished them the best in their marriage that he also read about in the press.

He said he had since invited the lovebirds for a ceremony that would be held in Bulawayo soon.

"I personally congratulate the two on their union. It is a fact that every family has politics and they should not be ashamed. To me it's not a big deal.

"I am not worried. What we should focus on is that the two are now a couple who love each other dearly and no father can ever dump his child because of such circumstances," Rtd Colonel Nare told Sunday News.

In an interview when the two had just started dating two years ago, Rtd Col Nare refused to meet Elikem saying it was against tradition for him to meet the Ghanaian before he paid lobola.

He said then that he was happy the two had finally united in wonderful harmony, but would only meet Elikem after the bride price has been paid.

"My daughter called me and told me she was coming to Bulawayo with her boyfriend and wanted me to meet him, but I was very frank with her and I told her that it was against our tradition that I meet him before they formalised their marriage. I am happy for her and it is easy for her to be introduced to his family but not otherwise, I can only be able to meet him when they come for official introductions," he said then.

Speculation has is that Pokello is now pregnant, hence the lobola payments. Elikem said he paid $25,000 as the bride price and the two were not in a rush for the white wedding.

Adhering to the Zimbabwean tradition, Elikem said they would only have the wedding six months after the traditional wedding rites.

"Over here they don't rush the white wedding. They give it some time . . . it's six months or a year . . .," he said.

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