In 2013, something emotional happened. Something which marked the beginning of a historic bond between a Kenyan football star and a Sales and Marketing pro. And it happened in one of the unlikeliest places.
This is the short story of Ushuru FC striker Ezekiel Otuoma and his beautiful wife Rachael Otieno aka Rihanna.
They met at a friend’s bash in 2013 and have never looked back. In fact, they walked down the aisle in style in 2015, to make their marriage official. Notable football stakeholders and enthusiasts attended the colourful wedding.
Rachael has stuck with his hubby through thick and thin. She has seen her man play for Ulinzi Stars, Western Stima, Sony Sugar and now Ushuru FC. She has been with him when she was on form and when his form nose-dived. She admits to Opera News that they are happy together.
“I fall in love with him every time. This is why we’re happy together,” she said.
On his side, Otuoma says marriage life has got ups and downs but they have learnt to stick to one another. “Life has been generally good and we thank God for that. You know marriage comes with a few challenges but we have always overcome any obstacles to see our marriage through. We are a happy couple!”
Rachael is the firstborn in a family of two girls and one boy. And some of her hobbies are travelling, watching movies and listening to music but with Otuoma in her life, she now loves watching football too.
Indeed, Otuoma is just one of the few Kenyan footballers who have grown above the ‘celebrity’ tag to actually settle down in marriage.