Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore finds love in Kenya

Newly-weds Bob Collymore and Wambui Kamiru. The two lovebirds tied the knot on April 2, 2016, according to a 'Nation' source. PHOTO | SOURCE

What you need to know:

  • The two love-birds three-year relationship culminated in a flashy wedding ceremony attended by top corporate CEOs.

Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore married his partner, Ms Wambui Kamiru, at an invitation-only purple- and white-themed ceremony in Nairobi at the weekend.

Collymore, who has been the CEO at Safaricom since 2010, wed Ms Kamiru at a private residence in Kitsuru, an upmarket residence in Nairobi.

The couple has not issued a public statement on their marriage, but reports indicated that the wedding took place on Saturday, even though pictures from the reception only surfaced and were shared widely on social media Sunday.

The bride is the founder of The Art Space. According to her blog, The Art Space is an independent commercial art gallery situated on Riverside Drive in Nairobi.

Social media on Sunday were awash with photos that emerged of a white- and purple-themed celebration where stars, celebrities and high-profile Kenyans joined the couple in celebrating their union.

Photographs show the couple beaming with joy, with Collymore wearing a casual, collarless linen suit of white while the bride stunned in a knee-length sheath dress. One image showed white petals raining on the couple while another was of the couple cutting an ombre-purple cake.

This is the second marriage for both the groom and the bride, who have been reportedly dating for a number of years and have attended many social functions together.


The high-flying CEO, who now enjoys celebrity status and was born in Guyana and lived in the UK, appears to have fully made his home in Kenya, where in 2012 he was awarded the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2012. In a past interview with the international press, he said he felt Kenyan.

“Now I say, ‘me I’m Kenyan, me’,” he is quoted as saying, mimicking the peculiar Kenyan way of speaking.

Before he began working in the corporate world, Collymore said he enjoyed making oil paintings until his mother nagged him to get a "proper job".

According to her blog, Ms Kamiru’s work revolves around developing artwork on the theme of colonialism, identity and independence in Africa.

The flamboyant CEO, whose other passion is flying and music, took over the helm of Safaricom from the enigmatic Michael Joseph, whose turn at Safaricom had made the telco the most profitable company in Kenya’s history.

Under Collymore, Safaricom continues to thrive and post billions in profit, winning international acclaim for its innovativeness.

Invited guests, who included Attorney-General Githu Muigai, radio personality Caroline Mutoko, Kenya Film Commission's Chris Foot and talk-show host Jeff Koinange, all posted pictures of the celebration that appeared to feature a performance by Musician Juliani.

The guests congratulated the couple and commented on the joy of the occasion.

“Congratulations to Mrs and Mrs Collymore, finally ties the knot”, tweeted Bharat Thakrar, the CEO of Scangroup. “They look happy (sic)”, he said of the couple.

Ms Mutoko, who did not congratulate the couple, posted several photos that included one with a cryptic caption hinting that she may have played a bigger role in the nuptials.

“@KoinangeJeff @bharatthakrar @alykhansatchu @ckfoot How did I do as "Best Person" ????” she asked.

Koinange, who was variously seen smoking a cigar and trying his hand at photography, posted a picture of himself with the couple with the caption: “Congrats Mr and Mrs @bobcollymore on your wedding.. What a Wedding! What a Couple! What a Day! Somebody say OH MY!! (sic)”


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