Here below is the speech M’membe gave at the wedding:

Good evening everyone!

I hope you can hear me okay at the back. If you do miss a few words here and there, please just assume they were very witty and wise!

Well, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the father of the bride. Given the events of the past two years with the pandemic, I am amazed that I have made it to England for this wedding. I can’t express how happy I am to be here to share this momentous occasion with my beautiful daughter and my new son in-law.

For every one of us here, either the bride or the groom mean a great deal to us. We’ve known them for years. We have watched them grow up and turn into the young adults they are. And now we’re watching the beginnings of the next phase of their lives.

As I stand here before you, I am conscious that Beene is sitting here in fear and trepidation of the embarrassing tales I might tell about her earlier years like:

  • her singing in a deep voice at an airport in Spain so that she could embarrass her older sister Nyemba;
  • her sneaking out of school in A Levels to go clubbing; or
  • the night she got drunk when she was 8 years.

But I’ll leave that for future family gatherings.

Instead I would like to express how exceptionally proud I am of the woman my daughter is today. From childhood, she has always been loving, kind-hearted, funny, independent and smart. I cannot believe how quickly time has gone by. Beene, you look beautiful, and I hope this day has been all you have dreamed.

As overwhelming as it is to give my daughter away, it is so satisfying to know that she is marrying an outstanding young man, whom I dare say is looking handsome in his suit. You might have noticed that I too am looking good in my suit today. From the first time I met Dave, I knew he was special because my daughter had never introduced me to any of her boyfriends. He is a kind and intelligent young man. I am honoured to have him as my son in law.

Please join in in raising a toast to the bride and the groom. May you your marriage be a strong one. May it be full of love, and may you find ways to keep it fun and exciting over the years.



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