FORMER Big Brother Zimbabwe representative and socialite Pokello Nare bride price of $25 000 has sent tongues wagging.
Those who have been saying she was overpriced were taking into consideration her not so smart love background that is punctuated with her having a child and the leaked bedroom footage with celebrity rapper Stunner, real name Desmond Chideme.
The leaked bedroom footage went public but it did nothing to affect her popularity, in fact it seemed to have buoyed her social status more than it dented her life as it did to other celebrities who we are not going to mention.
In the past, a woman who has her own children was not valued as much as a virgin in marriage rites in most African societies and those that argue that she was overpriced base their argument on that and seem to go further and include the leaked bedroom footage that made her body known to the most ordinary man who could access it, just like in a porn movie.
According to Sunday News Leisure section some people expressed mixed feelings over the $25 000 paid.
“It is really surprising. And for you guys to publish that such an amount was paid for someone with a sordid love past like Pokello gives a bad impression to our girl children that you can do all sorts of things immoral and still get married. It is just like someone paying a porn star that amount for a hand in marriage,” said a Bulawayo model who requested anonymity.
Some, however, felt that it was too harsh for people to play the rewind button on Pokello’s past love life especially that she has managed to transform herself and was ready to settle down.
“That lady really worked. It is unfortunate that we still have among us haters who feel forgiving is painful. She has managed to carve a name for herself as a renowned socialite and it is that name that Elikem is now marrying. He loves her with her past. After all we all have some unfortunate pasts.
“The fact that Elikem is not complaining speaks loud enough that he was comfortable paying that amount. He may even say it was less than he expected if you ask him. She is really worth that amount considering the amount of work she has put into her life and her looks too,” said another socialite.
Historian and cultural activist Pathisa Nyathi said the image that Pokello now carried nullified what she had done in the past.
He said lobola was not fixed. Therefore her current social status played a role. Nyathi said she managed to acquire her celebrity status on her own and that the nation knew her father through her and not vice-versa.
“Culturally, lobola is not fixed. It’s usually the status that people look at. She has a child yes, the bedroom footage yes it was leaked but that does not necessarily cheapen her considering the amount of work she had to put especially after Big Brother. In terms of cattle that would make 50 if we put one beast at $500.