There were many weddings in 2019, but it was Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V’s wedding that stood out.
Within the last six years Malawi has had the opportunity to witness royal weddings. In 2014, it was Gomani’s counterpart, a fellow Ngoni chief in Mzimba, Inkosi Ya Makosi M’mbelwa V who got married when he was already a chief.
Now, all eyes were on the youthful Gomani, who is not only a popular chief, but was also the envy of maidens until rumours started flying around that he had finally met the one across the borders in Risharadza Khanyisa-Mathebula.
On September 23, the royal household came out in the open at a press briefing where they confirmed the good news. The Inkosi was settling down.
Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V, born Mswati Willard Maseko Gomani, is the fifth Paramount Chief of the Maseko Ngoni.
“Our Inkosi is getting married. The wedding will take place on November 2, 2019. The event will be combined with the annual Umhlangano wa Maseko cultural celebration,” said Inkosi Makwangwala, the chairperson of the wedding organising committee.
He introduced the Inkosikathi as a maiden from Giyani, South Africa.
On October 20 2019, the Inkosikathi arrived through Kamuzu International Airport, to the exhilaration of hundreds of Maseko Ngonis, who had turned up to welcome her.
She alighted from the plane, donning a hot pink long dress, a Ngoni traditional crown and black stilettos. All agreed Risharadza was the perfect picture bride for the king.
Speaking to reporters on arrival, Samson Gomani Chikuse, an uncle to the Inkosi, said the family was happy that Inkosi Gomani was marrying the love of his life.
On October 26, a splendid bridal shower followed in Lilongwe. Women dressed in Maseko Ngoni red outfits, showered the bride with gifts and marital tips in preparation for the new life ahead.
Come November 2, all roads led to Ntcheu CCAP to witness the wedding ceremony that, for a long time, many had waited for.
Buses ferrying Risharadza’s relations from South Africa arrived. Several prominent people gathered to witness the two lovebirds exchange their marital vows before man and God.
Then, it was time for the celebrations at Nkolimbo Grounds in Ntcheu.
Dressed in traditional outfits, the king and his queen looked radiant. The country’s Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji, First Lady Getrude Mutharika, immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima and many other high profiled people gathered, danced and spoilt the new couple with banknotes and gifts.
Traditional dances from both Malawi and South Africa dictated the proceedings for the day.
After a long day of merry-making and interaction, the king and his wife left the venue that hosted what was truly the wedding of the year!