“You would think I'm focused on things like décor, food, and clothing, but I'm not,” Nomsa remarked of her wedding day. When it comes to those kinds of details, I know precisely what I want, and my wedding will be simple but flawless. I've been concentrating on ensuring that the folks who are present are deserving of their presence.”
I guess it explains why so many of us were taken aback...
Actress Nomsa Buthelezi and her husband Zandile Shezi have reminisced on their first year of marriage and the challenges they've faced, particularly their difficult lobola negotiations.
Nomsa and her bae turned to Facebook to share a live video in which they reminisced about how they met, how they overcame their early shyness, how they endured difficult lobola negotiations, and how their love has since flourished.
Lobola discussions were rough at first, according to Zandile, but everything worked out in the end.
I started proposing at the reception. She tried avoiding the subject but I persisted. When I proposed, she didn’t believe me until I told her to ask for a date from her father. A date for lobola negotiations was set and my team left for Joburg. At first it was difficult, because they were demanding a high price but my chief negotiator convinced them. Eventually they reached common ground,” Zandile said.
Nomsa recalled how after they started seeing each other and Zandile decided to propose marriage to her, she didn't believe her for the longest time. However, as far as love goes, it was love at first sight for the OPW presenter.
" We married on September 28 of last year. We met at Riah and Simphiwe's wedding in Mpumalanga, which was my first homosexual wedding. I informed my make-up artist when I saw Zandile that she was my type. Then Zandile noticed me as well...”
In the Facebook Live video, a beaming Nomsa declared she was more in love with Zandile than she'd ever been, and followers could tell because of the smile Zandile gave her in response.
We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we have two families who embrace and adore us and are prepared to work with us to make it work. Zandile is a traditionalist, so she sent her family to my house to seek for my hand and pay lobola. We were adamant from the start that we would do everything correctly.
She added at the time, "At the end of the day, these rituals are intended for two people who love each other, and whether they are two women or two men shouldn't worry anyone."
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