Vanessa Mdee expecting first child

20Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Vanessa Mdee expecting first child

PROMINENT Tanzanian artist, Vanessa Mdee, alias 'Vee Money', announced on Wednesday on Instagram that she is expecting a son with Nigerian-American singer/actor, Olurotimi Akinosho, famously known as Rotimi.

Vanessa, one of the members of Bongo Flava, shared the news along with photos from her exclusive maternity photoshoot by a popular U.S-based magazine.

She captioned one of the pictures, 'The greatest gift of all. Thank you Jesus for choosing us. It is a true honour. We are overjoyed.'

In an exclusive interview with the magazine, she stated: ''We are super excited to welcome our son. As first-time parents, everything about this experience has been a brand-new challenge”.

She disclosed that she has had a smooth pregnancy so far except for minor issues.

Vanessa added: ''He has been so good to us. No real pain or symptoms. Some funny cravings and food aversions here and there.''

''It’s been much harder in these final weeks because he’s preparing his arrival, but all in all, we’ve been super blessed,” she said.

Weeks ago, rumours about Vanessa being pregnant started circulating and the announcement confirmed the rumors to her fans who an hour after posting the pictures, flooded her Instagram page with comments congratulating the power couple.

One person wrote: “Never been happier for two people I’ve never met. Congratulations.”

Vanessa and Rotimi first met at an Essence Festival afterparty which was held in New Orleans where they talked for hours and became close friends since then.

Even after Vanessa left for Tanzania, they still kept in touch. On December 30, 2020, the two got engaged.

Rotimi is known for his hit singles, 'In My Bed' and 'Love Somebody' and for his role in the favourite series, 'Power', as Dre Coleman and Idi Izzi in the sequel, 'Coming 2 America', starring legendary actor/comedian, Eddie Murphy.

After the announcement of her pregnancy earlier this week, U.S-based Vanessa has received congratulations from her friends, fans, and fellow artists.

One of the artists, who congratulated Vanessa, is her ex-boyfriend, Juma Mussa Mkambala, nicknamed 'Jux'.

The Bongo Flava musician released a new song yesterday, titled 'Sina Neno', produced by Bob Manceky, which explains his thoughts and feelings about the whole situation.

The original audio of the song already has over 300,000 views on YouTube and is trending number five on YouTube Tanzania.

In the song, he says: “I know you’re happy because of the gift you got, and the way you’re such a heroine your son truly got a good mother.”

He also says: “ I don’t hate you rather I’m praying for you to have a good and happy life, May God guide you through it. I’m not crying I’m used to it. But I’m happy to see your family”

In a recent interview with a domestic journalist, Millard Ayo, 'Jux' admitted that he took the announcement quite positively because it is truly a good thing and the timing is perfect for Vanessa to have kids and he sends them his congratulations.

When he was asked whether the musician had ever thought of having kids with Vanessa, 'Jux' replied: ''Everything is planned by the Almighty God and everything has its timing and perhaps the time we were together was not quite right for us to have kids.''

Vanessa and 'Jux' had dated on and off for close to six years but called it quits for good late 2019 after the rumours of their break up started speculating.

Other celebrities, who congratulated Vanessa, are comedian, Anne Kansiime, musician Esther Akoth 'Akothee', and Zari Hassan.


By Elizabeth Richard and Geoffrey John

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