It is Saturday evening when Pulse calls Willy Paul for a scheduled interview. From the other end, Willy Paul aka WillyMsafi picks up and after hesitating a bit then speaks out.
He says that Alaine and him are getting ready for dinner noting: “She is the best thing in my life...Did you see the photos...?”
Of course, we saw the photos of the wedding song video, even after running the exclusive that the Fanya singer had flown in the Jamaican singer to Nairobi for a private deal.
After a little intervention, Alaine takes to the phone to confirm that indeed the two are together and that they wouldn’t mind joining the Pulse crew for a dinner treat. It never gets better, as far as exclusives are concerned.
At this time, these two are at an uptown residence where everything has been happening since the Favourite Boy singer landed here about a week ago. In an hour, they drive down to South B were we are waiting.
They arrive at the hotel in a convoy with four security guards, two hostesses and a chase car. We notice that the guards are armed and after they survey the hotel, Alaine gets a bit uncomfortable about the place. She pulls Willy Paul to the side and asks if we can move somewhere else. This is 10pm.
Hand-in-hand the new couple in town walks towards their car and we all follow them to the new Next Gen Mall in South C, Nairobi. The team takes the lift to the new Level 7 Lounge on the sixth floor of the mall where they get wild reception from the fans before getting ushered to the VIP lounge. We keep tracking on.
A bottle of Amarula Cream and Black Label lands on the table with sumptuous starters. After the waitress opens them, Willy Paul and Alaine, who now look like they are glued at the hip, gaze at each other before whispering in each other’s ear.
“Do you mind giving us a different drink. This won’t do,” Willy Paul sermons the waitress before offering the two drinks to his fans.
“No alcohol for me and Alaine please,” he insists this time their hands wrapped around each other, excited like new lovers. Level 7 is the new hot place along Mombasa road and on this night, the DJ decides to dedicate the night to Willy Paul and Alaine playing some of their popular hits such as Fanya, Vigelegele, Take it Slow, Tiga Wana, Rise in Love, Favorite Boy, No Ordinary Love and Without Love as Willy and Alaine joined the crowd in dance.
“I love Kenya and I would like to settle here. I made it public that I am looking for a Wafula (loosely translated to ‘lover’) and now I have found one. I am in love with this guy,” Alaine tells Pulse looking totally smitten. She squeezes Willy Paul’s hand and with a shy smile extends him a peck. He responds back with another. The crowd cheers, flashing their phones and stealing photo moments.
“I have come to Kenya many times and I have worked with many people but there is something just different about this visit. I feel more at home. I feel so in love. I have found my Wafula,” Alaine goes on. Willy Paul nods on.
Asked if he felt the same for her, Willy Paul says: “You have been following the conversation and so you know my stand. I have put it out there for everyone to see. This girl is special,” he says referring to his social media posts in which he alluded that Alaine and him are an item. Asked if this was not just a publicity stunt, he said: “If I was pulling a publicity stunt, would she also be saying what she is saying. Haven’t you heard it from her?”
Some minutes to midnight, the team is clearing from Level 7 a happy lot. “We will be going to church at JCC in the morning and so we need to catch good sleep before then. Kindly allow us go,” Willy begs, tips everyone who served him and waves the crowd goodbye.
This talk-of-town story about Willy Paul and Alaine warming up to each other has caught everyone flat-footed. Is Willy ‘possessed”? Has Alaine truly found a Wafula? This is not fiction...The drama continues even as their new video I Do drops.