Why Anita Nderu kept her wedding a secret

Kenyans can be very cruel, she says

In Summary

• She didn't want it to be so public as to divert her day to concentrate on the scrutiny

Barrett with lover Anita Nderu during their traditional wedding.
Barrett with lover Anita Nderu during their traditional wedding.

Media personality and influencer Anita Nderu says she intentionally decided to keep her wedding a secret to avoid too much scrutiny.

In a recent interview with Word Is, the bubbly former TV host said she was afraid she would be trolled.

"I didn't want public scrutiny cause Kenyans can be very cruel. And I just wanted us to celebrate our special day just us," she said.

Anita held a white wedding with her fiancé Barrett Raftery at a Nanyuki hotel in an intimate ceremony a few days after her traditional wedding last month.

The traditional wedding was also an intimate affair attended by close friends and family, with guests dressed in African print attires.

"I am so impressed with my friends," she said.

"They have known since February and they have kept it hush hush until it was the day of the ruracio that it kind of spilled and everyone was like, 'wait, what'."

She said she didn't want it to be too public, where she had to divert her beautiful day to concentrate on the public scrutiny.

"That is very important to me. Yes, it's great and now that's done, now it's marriage life."

Anita says September 2021 is a month she won't forget any time soon.

"It's weird. Like you plan for months, you like, spend months planning this awesome time, and then it passes like that," she said.

"But it was great, we were with friends, family from all over, and it was just absolutely two incredible days of my September that I will never forget."

Anita said they haven't gone for their honeymoon since they haven't decided where they want to go.

She said they were very exhausted after the wedding and that would have affected their honeymoon.

"I am glad we didn't go where we wanted to go initially, literally two days after the wedding. We were tired. I think it was two weeks after the wedding that I could generally say that I wasn't as tired anymore. It's actually very exhausting."