A match made by the an­ces­tors

How a Zulu prince got hitched

Sunday World - - Life - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­lob@sun­day­world.co.za

Princess Zama Zulu never dreamt of be­ing a real princess un­til she met her prince charm­ing Nh­laka­nipho Zulu.

Zama, 31, now a princess at Ekub­henseni royal house in the Zulu king­dom in KZN, said she would reg­u­larly see Nh­laka­nipho at her work­place when he vis­ited his sis­ter.

She claimed he al­ways stared at her but she never both­ered to know who he ac­tu­ally was.

“He used to come and check up on his sis­ter but noth­ing hap­pened at the time,” she said.

It has since tran­spired that Nh­laka­nipho, who is Zulu monarch King Good­will Zwelithini’s cousin, was still try­ing to find per­fect words to say to his princess apart from the oc­ca­sional “hello”.

Zama said they then met at Mus­grave Cen­tre in Dur­ban in Jan­uary 2012, where he asked for her num­ber.

Three months later, he sent his fam­ily to ne­go­ti­ate lobola.

“It took three months for him to pay lobola and, of course, ac­cord­ing to our cul­ture, we must have a cel­e­bra­tion where our fam­i­lies ex­change gifts.”

But shortly af­ter he payed lobola, they broke up. For­tu­nately they re­united a few months later to “ap­pease” their an­ces­tors.

“Our an­ces­tors had al­ready cho­sen us, he is very cul­tural so he con­sults. When he went to con­sult at some stage, the an­ces­tors told him they will bring him some­one and they told him my name and sur­name.

“Dur­ing our break up I also had a dream. I dreamt of my great-grand­par­ents, I didn’t know who they were but they in­tro­duced them­selves to me, but I was con­fused be­cause I still didn’t know them.”

Zama said in her dream, she saw a crowd of peo­ple who bowed in her pres­ence, with Nh­laka­nipho by her side.

“[Ini­tially] I didn’t know that he was a prince but I knew his sur­name was Zulu. It was only when we got closer that I knew I was mar­ry­ing roy­alty and it was so ex­cit­ing, it is a bless­ing.”

The cou­ple had their tra­di­tional wed­ding in June 2016.

Al­though Zama said the day was “freez­ing cold”, she said it was the most per­fect day of her life and can­not wait for her white wed­ding next year.

The cou­ple has been blessed with three chil­dren, two from their pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships.

“I have a child who is 14, I came with her into my mar­riage, he [Nh­laka­nipho] loves and ac­cepts her like his [bi­o­log­i­cal child]. We don’t sep­a­rate our chil­dren, we al­ways say we have three kids,” she said.

Zama could not hold back the laugh­ter and joy when she said: “If there’s any­thing else the world needs to know ... it’s that I love my hus­band!”

Princess Zama and prince Zulu are look­ing for­ward to their white wed­ding next year.

Princess Zama and prince Nh­laka­nipho dur­ing their tra­di­tional wed­ding.

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