Vanessa Mdee Rotimi ring in 2021 with engagement

MPHO RANTAO

TWO of Africa’s biggest stars, Rotimi and Vanessa Mdee, entered the new year on a high, with the announcement of their engagement. 

The Atlanta-based couple have been together for over a year, having met at the 2019 Essence Festival in New Orleans where Rotimi was due to perform. 

The Nigerian-American actor (born Olurotimi Akinosho) dropped down on one knee in a ‘Coming 2 America’ setting on December 31, asking his Tanzanian singer girlfriend to marry him.

Rotimi and Vanessa Mdee on video. Picture: Instagram

The actor posted the video of the proposal on his Instagram page with the caption, “She said YES! You are my everything. My angel. In 2015 I prayed that whoever my wife was going to be and wherever she was at the moment I hoped that she was happy, having a good day and receiving GOD’S abundance.

“Fast forward… YOU… you make me such a better man.. I’m in debt to GOD For you. I will pay him back by loving you & giving you everything that you deserve. Nakupenda”

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Rotimi is popularly known for his role on the hit drama series “Power” as the character Dre, as well as for his hit single ‘Love Somebody’ which also features Mdee as his love interest in the accompanying music video. 

In an interview with Essence magazine, Mdee said that, “We are happy that we get to share it with the world and show the world what it’s like to find love in this time where sometimes it feels almost impossible. To find someone that you can literally call your rib”. 

When asked by the magazine for advice on maintaining relationships for those singletons who may feel jaded about the dating scene, Rotimi said, “It’s simple. I think you first have got to love yourself. I think that a lot of us skip that part. Once you love yourself it’s easy to find someone to love and love you as well”.