THE city of Bulawayo was painted red and black on Saturday when former Miss Zimbabwe 2005, Lorraine Maphala, tied the knot with her lover of five years, businessman, Sonny Phiri.
Mellisa Mpofu, Entertainment Reporter
The evening wedding held at the Bulawayo Holiday Inn had a strict guest list and commanded a gathering of just above 200 people, including one or two gate crushers.
Besides their family, the list was made up of top socialites including Sarah Mpofu — Maphala’s modeling mentor — Sipho Mazibuko of the Miss Summer Strides fame, Oslie Muringai (former Miss Zimbabwe) and Tinopona Katsande. Former Miss Botswana 2005 Lerato Tebogo also graced the event.
Bulawayo politicians, businessmen, former and current models also made up the guest list.
The bridal party was star-studded as it featured former Miss Bulawayo Sibusisiwe Dube and popular musician and dancer Sandra Ndebele Sibindi. Idols East Africa 2008 winner Eric Moyo provided quality entertainment at the wedding.
Sarah Mpofu was not to be outdone as she hosted a talk show for the bride and groom which she named In depth with Sarah Mpofu.
Asked where the two would be in eight years, Phiri said they would probably have dropped their businesses and ventured into church ministry.
“We are looking at venturing into church ministry, which is in the near future,” he said. “We will probably leave our companies and focus more on God’s work. My wife and I have already discussed this and she is fully behind me.”
Unlike at other weddings, little attention was paid to the gifts as people were told to drop off their presents at the registration point just a few minutes before the wedding ended.