KTN's Jamal Gaddafi on How Unlikely DM Led to Marriage

  • Media personality Jamal Gaddafi on March 9, 2020.
    Media personality Jamal Gaddafi on March 9, 2020.
  • KTN presenter Jamal Gaddafi has revealed that he met his wife, Ahlam Faysal, through social network Snapchat.

    In an interview, the media personality revealed that he had noticed her on the application, and went on to drop her compliments on her private messages.

    "I noticed how she was beautiful and commented on her pictures, and also messaged her. She ignored me though," he revealed.

    Media Personality Jamal Gaddafi with his wife Ahlam Faysal
    Media Personality Jamal Gaddafi with his wife Ahlam Faysal
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    Jamal Gaddafi

    Later on, while at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi, the two coincidentally met, but the presenter did not recognise her.

    "It was when she responded via Snapchat saying how nice it was meeting, that I remembered her, and as they say, the rest is history," Jamal revealed

    Their relationship blossomed to marriage with the couple currently having two children - there son Prince Eyyad who was born in 2016, and their daughter Mayra Jamal arriving in 2019.

    The Mambo Mzuqa host has often kept his family away from the spotlight.

    It is a good moment for me and my family. She is happy and I am ready to take this step with her a second time. This time around I wanted the privacy, a journey for us two. I am glad,” Jamal stated in a previous interview.

    Ahlam Faysal with her son Prince Eyaad
    Ahlam Faysal with her son Prince Eyaad
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    Jamal Gaddafi

    Online dating has gained acceptance in the African society which was initially regarded as a strange way to meet a potential partner. 

    Social sites are now seen as a reliable way of meeting up and building social networks with some taking a romantic turn.

    There are no statistics on the Kenyan online dating scene, but some applications have gained popularity especially with the coining of the phrase 'Sliding into the DM," as a way of connecting.

    With the Covid-19 pandemic, online dating has becoming more popular in Kenya with many preferring video calls to physically meeting due to social distancing.