By Rashim Nabanja
On November 9, 2019, Annet Nakabonye, 28, a business lady introduced Isaac Jacob Luwo, 30, a brand manager at Uber to her friends and family in a kwanjula ceremony.
Luwo and Nakabonye first met in July 2012 in a taxi. Apparently, Luwo had forgotten his wallet at home and the conductor kept harassing him thinking he intended not to pay for his fares.
“I had no single coin on me but to my surprise, a lady in the taxi offered to pay for my journey,” Luwo narrates.
Nakabonye’s compassion surprised Luwo so he decided to ask for her number. The two connected and kept close but stayed friends for over two years.
In 2014, Luwo felt he and Nakabonye had more than a friendship connection so he decided to pour out his feelings to her. Unfortunately, Nakabonye declined his proposal.
“However much she didn’t want to be my girlfriend, I didn’t lose hope. We remained friends for about six months, until I brought it up again,” Luwo explains.
This time around, Luwo wanted to make the moment special and memorable, so he decided to proposition her again on her birthday.
Although Nakabonye turned down his request for the second time, Luwo says her answer gave him some hope, “She told me she had to first pray about it and also talk to her pastor about the entire situation.”
In February 2016, Luwo decided to take a step further and make his attentions more clear. He went to Nakabonye’s pastor for approval however, the pastor’s reply was no different, “He advised us to pray about it and ask God to show us the right path.”
Time went by without any progress until October 2016 when Nakabonye threw Luwo a surprise birthday party. The two shared a special moment and that day, she accepted to be his girlfriend.
The good news, however, came with some conditions, “Although she had accepted to be in a relationship with me, she suggested that we couldn’t get married until she was done with school, a condition I welcomed and agreed to.”
Towards the end of 2017, the two decided to meet each other’s parents and let them know about their intention to wed.
Annet’s parents welcomed the idea and the only thing they requested from Luwo was to become a born again, “I didn’t really have a problem with it since I had already started attending Nakabonye’s church.
Luwo’s parents were also very excited to hear that they would soon have a daughter-in-law, “My mother advised me to make sure I was making the right decision and I was being with a person that really made me happy.”
The kukyala and introduction ceremony.
On August 20, 2018, Luwo and 15 of his family members and friends went for a kukyala ceremony at Nakabonye’s aunt’s home in Buvuma. A date for the introduction ceremony was set and on November 9, 2019, Luwo was officially introduced by Nakabonye at her parent’s home in Kayunga.
Luwo shares the rest of their introduction journey.
What made you decide you wanted to make it official?
Luwo: I wanted to give my respect and commitment to Nakabonye and her parents. I also wanted to thank them for giving birth to such a beautiful angel that I believe is my soul mate.
How many people did you take with you for the introduction ceremony?
Luwo: We were 41 people although we had been given a maximum of 45.
How much did the function cost in total?
Luwo: The function cost us around Shs25 million. Both her family and I contributed when it came to raising the funds.
How much was the bride price?
Luwo: I was asked to take four cows, which I did and also brought with me some other gifts.
How much was the décor?
Luwo: It cost around Shs2.9 million
Tell us about your outfits
Luwo: I was dressed in a white traditional kanzu that I paired with a navy-blue coat and sunglasses.
My wife, on the other hand, changed over six times. She wore four gomesis, one mushanana and later wore a changing dress when it came to cutting the cake.
Did you have any fears as the ceremony approached?
Luwo: There were a couple of uncertainties that kept me on my feet. One of them was to do with the guests not showing up. Most of them confirmed at the last minute so the whole time I was worried about people not showing up.
Did you ever wish you did anything different after the ceremony?
Luwo: The only regret I had was arriving late. This usually paints a bad image to the in-laws and also because of this, the ceremony ended a bit late.
The couple is set to be married in a religious ceremony next year on July 25.