A woman dressed in a white wedding gown was spotted on Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street on Tuesday morning pleading for a husband.
The woman identified only as Nyambura waved a placard and held the hands of a girl she said is her daughter.
“Need for a husband pris. Nyambura 28 years. I have a girl child [sic],” read the message she had on display.
She asked men who are ready to reach her on mobile number 0737 350766. But calls to the number, the operator saying the line was busy.
Kenyans on Twitter criticised Nyambura, some saying she should not subject a child to such.
“Nyambura, tho! She should consult a digital team to help her get a computer-generated man,” wrote ‘@HonPrince8’.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga came up with the phrase “computer-generated leaders” when he complained about rigging in the general election.
Penny Munyaka told Nyambura it is embarrassing for her to drag her daughter into her plea as she may not be looking for a father.
“So wrong,” he said, while a user identified as ‘@arap_chief’ noted things are getting out of hand and that some men may take advantage of the woman.
‘@chrisebayo’ said: “There is someone who might see the good in her sickness. Hata kipofu huolewa na mtu anaona, kiwete huolewa na mtu anatembea vizuri. (Even the blind are married by people who can see and the lame by those who can walk. Stupid [sic].” ‘@chrisebayo’ noted that Baba (Raila) promised to take care of single mothers.
On July 16, when Raila Odinga campaigned in Nairobi’s Kibra constituency, the heart of Southern Sahara’s second largest slum, he delivered a thrilling message for single mothers. He also took the message to single mothers in Kiambu, Embu and Meru.
A survey by a Canadian university done in 2011 shows that about 30 per cent of women in Kenya are single mothers, occasioned by premarital birth, divorce, separation or death of spouses.
The research also revealed that six out of every 10 Kenyan women are likely to be single mothers by the time they reach 45, one of the highest rates for single-parent families in Africa.
But other social media users praised Nyambura for taking the brave step to look for a husband.
“I wholly salute that lady’s courage! Hope fate gets her a good husband! A challenge 2 all single & hurting ladies out there! Rise up [sic],” ‘@silva_kaz’ said.
A man identified only as Dave said President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto shuld help women find “computer-generated husbands” without petitions.