Fridah Mwaka On Why She Doesn’t Use Her Husband’s Last Name

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By  | Jun 15, 2020, 07:23 AM  | Fridah Mwaka  | Relationships

African tradition deems it respectful and right for a woman to take on their husband’s name after officially getting married,but as we move out of that era, a number of women are not subscribing to that tradition anymore and KTN’s Fridah Mwaka is one of them.

The news anchor has opened up on why she chose not to adopt her husband’s name on air.

Speaking at an interview, the trendy Swahili anchor revealed that she made an agreement with her husband, Samuel Nguma Ndhuli, before their exquisite wedding in November 2019.

Narrating her journey through the ranks, Mwaka explained to Radio Maisha’s Billy Miya that the name was an established brand, different to that of her private life.

“Mambo yangu ya ndoa naya weka chini ya maji. Fridah Mwaka is a brand on its own. We agreed that matters to do with my career, ni Maisha yangu. Aliniambia at the end of it all I am your husband whether you say my name or not it doesn’t add anything,” she said.

Speaking about how she met Ndhuli, she clarified that they never dated for 17 years as it had earlier been reported.

“I first met my husband in 2001 tulikuwa watoto wadogo. Yeye alikua pageboy na mimi nilikua flower girl katika harusi alafu wazazi wangu ndio walikua wasimamizi wa ile harusi. That is almost 17 years ago, sasa siku ya harusi bloggers wakaandika we have dated for 17 years. How can I date a guy for 17 years yet we met when we were babies?” she laughed it off.

Mwaka reiterated that they indeed met when they were young adding that they even schooled together in Kilifi county.

Years later, as she revealed, they reconnected soon after she joined KTN. Their bond grew stronger and love blossomed.

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