Chopper vs Billboard: Amber Ray, Vera Sidika's Stylish Gender Reveal

The climax which would trigger a social media frenzy came in the form of...

Chopper vs Billboard: Amber Ray, Vera Sidika's Stylish Gender Reveal
Collage of Vera Sidika, a chopper flying at her gender reveal and Amber Ray's billboard announcing her gender reveal party. /VIRALTEAKE

In a space of just 24 hours, two of Kenya's most famous socialites; Faith Makau alias Amber Ray and Vera Sidika went head to head over their gender reveal parties.

What was thought to be another one of those luxury celebrity stunts by Sidika on Thursday, March 9 when she revealed the gender of her unborn child turned into a battle of wits as the two splashed hundreds of thousands of shillings in getting tongues wagging through their respective parties.

Vera held a lavish gender reveal party at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi with the couple expecting their second child together, with a video showing her, Brown Mauzo, and their baby Asia boarding a Hummer limousine on their way to the luxury hotel.

"En route to our royal gender reveal party. Is it a boy or a girl? Get to find out the gender of our second one with us. I can’t wait omg," captioned Vera.

Vera could be seen taking a glass of champagne alongside her husband as baby Asia looked on, before following it up with posts of the venue of the party inviting her guests by assuring them that the party was going to be elegant and classy.

What followed next was a video of Mauzo singing to Vera while carrying baby Asia. There were other instrumentalists who tuned in to Mauzo's lyrics as he celebrated the big day with his family.

The climax which would trigger a social media frenzy came in the form of a helicopter which flew overhead and jettisoned blue smoke/powder, signalling that the celebrity couple was expecting a boy.

The Nation however reported that Vera and Mauzo welcomed their second child a few days ago, with the clips determined to be pre-recorded.

Lisa Christofferson, Vera's co-star in the Real Housewives Of Nairobi reality TV series, stated at the screening party of its third episode that the socialite had given birth, with her and other cast members missing because of family matters.

A source had noted to the mainstream media house that Vera has to maintain a storyline for the reality show and keep the birth mum until it is shot for TV. Vera's second child was born in a top Nairobi hospital, in the VIP section, just like her firstborn daughter, Asia Brown.

Amber on her part surprised her fans on Saturday, March 11 by setting up a billboard along the streets of Nairobi to announce her gender reveal party set for that day.

In the billboard, Amber poses holding her bulging belly with writing; "Is it a boy or a girl?", an announcement coming after she and her fiance Kennedy Rapudo announced they were expecting their first child together on January 4, 2023.

"Wadau, Niko kwa billboard na siombi kura (I'm on a billboard and I'm not begging for votes) #amberaychronicles

“Magnate Ventures Limited, you guys understood the assignment. You guys are fire when it comes to execution...thank you,” Amber Ray shared.

The two lovebirds who have one kid each from their previous relationships got engaged in Dubai in November 2022.

As though that was not enough, Amber flew via a helicopter to the venue of her exquisite gender reveal party, sharing videos of the chopper ride before landing at her destination.

To erect a billboard in Kenya, it costs Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 600,000 per month depending on the size of the billboard, quality of the billboard and location, pending printing costs. Magnate Ventures can charge up to Ksh1.4 million for each large billboard and between Ksh20,000 and Ksh50,000 for the small ones per year.

During the campaign period, the demand for billboards is high and space is limited, meaning high prices. A standard billboard costs Ksh200,000 to Ksh500,000 per month.

Amber Ray posing next to a chopper during her gender reveal party on March 11, 2023. /INSTAGRAM.AMBER RAY

To erect a billboard in Nairobi will cost you approximately Ksh300,000 per month and in Mombasa, it goes for Ksh200,000 per month.

A one-hour helicopter ride for three in Nairobi costs between Ksh100,000 and Ksh200,000 for a helicopter carrying five depending on the company you choose to use. The price translates to Ksh33,300 per person for a ride that carries three and Ksh40,000 for a flight that carries five for one hour.