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This Kenyan Couple's $1 Wedding Is #RelationshipGoals

This young Kenyan couple put love first and had a $1 wedding ceremony.

All you need is love. If you're jaded and still need proof of this, then you need to hear the story of Wilson and Ann, a Kenyan couple who had a $1 wedding ceremony.


But how is that possible, you ask? Well, it really isn't, but the magical couple made it happen anyway, and we should all be taking notes.

The couple, who've been together for three years, have tried to plan a ceremony twice before, but were not able to come up on enough cash. On their third attempt, they decided they didn't need the pomp and circumstance after all, and instead opted for a casual ceremony at their church.

With their church's support, their only expenses were the $1 steel rings that they used as wedding bands.

"I believe money should not stop young people like us from getting married. If people love each other and want to marry they should," said the bride.

Folks on social media are inspired by the couples bravery, and they've  received numerous gifts even an all-expense paid honeymoon, BBC reports.

This story has our hearts all warm and fuzzy. Maybe love really is the answer after all.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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