Dirk Nowitzki Gets Married in Traditional Kenyan Wedding Ceremony [PHOTOS]
Earlier this month, Newstime Africa reported that NBA player Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks had married his longtime girlfriend Jessica Olssen in a traditional wedding ceremony in Kenya, which the Mavs flat out denied.
But now we have the picture proof from the July 15th ceremony … and unless Dirk likes playing dress-up in Kikuyu garments, it looks like he and Jessica (who has a Kenyan mother and Swedish father) definitely tied the knot or had some form of a ceremony to make their union official.
According to Jambonewspot.com:
The short version of the Kikuyu wedding, that is meant to announce to the community that the daughter is engaged, provided relatives from both sides with an opportunity to get to know each other and conclude ruracio (dowry payments) discussions. When a couple goes through the ruracio phase, their wedding is officially recognized by customary laws.
There was plenty of fun and and plenty to eat and drink. The bride, Jessica was wearing a traditional Kikuyu garment and Dirk was in a dark brown traditional outfit with orange hues. Jessica was also presented with a kiondo by elderly Kikuyu women. She had to demonstrate how she would go to the market and shop for her husband.
Later the couple together with the guests danced to mugithi tunes. Jessica is born of a Kenyan mother and a Swedish father who both live in Sweden. Her two brothers, Martin and Marcus Olsson play professional football in the English Premier League. She is the associate director of the Goss-Michael Foundation art gallery based in Dallas, Texas.
The Kikuyu wedding (see more pics below) is the first of two ceremonies for Dirk and Jessica. The second one will be held in Germany, Dirk’s home country for his family.