Saturday, 13 April 2013


 HEART TO HEART: Richardo and Marc

It was love at first Skype for Francistown business manager Marc Omphemetse Themba and Ricardo Raymond Amunjera – popularly known as Mr Gay Namibia.

Same-sex marriages are not yet legal in the couple’s home countries so the love-birds travelled to Johannesburg last week to tie the knot in a civil ceremony.

On Saturday they will celebrate their nuptials and Ricardo’s 30th birthday with a glittering reception at Windhoek’s Hilton Hotel.

The relationship began as a cyber-romance last year.

Marc saw Ricardo’s photograph on a friend’s Facebook page and decided to contact him.

But Ricardo ignored his messages for two months, dismissing him as “just another crazy person”.

Marc wasn’t deterred. Eventually his persistence led to a whirlwind Skype romance.

” I could hear that he was humble and genuine,” says Ricardo. “I just wanted him to keep on talking.”

Soon, the couple was spending three hours a day on the phone.

Meanwhile this weekend is party time, and about 70 of Marc’s closest friends and relatives will travel to Windhoek to help him celebrate.

Vows will be exchanged, but they won’t be scripted. Marc will “just look into Ricardo’s eyes and speak from the heart”.
“I think it’s going to be a lovely reception,” said Francistown-based Amo Bogacu.

“In Botswana, gay couples are not always true to themselves.

Because of our culture, it’s hard for them to take the risk of losing everything, maybe even their families, for the sake of just one special person.”

For Ricardo, Marc is that person. “When I’m with him I want to be the best I can be,” says Mr Gay Namibia.

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