By Rajab Mukombozi
Despite the coronavirus lockdown April, 25 will remain memorable and life-changing for the Nimusiima family. It’s the day Perez Nimusiima and Patience Nimusiima exchanged their vows at St Peter church of Uganda in Kakoba, Mbarara town after 15 years of staying together.
To the couple says it has been years of patience, tolerance and love, Mr Perez having met Patience when she had just finished Senior Six. The couple is blessed with four children.
“Yes I feel very happy, loved and also confident that I am officially recognized as his wife. It has been through patience. Living together comes with ups and downs but I have come to learn through patience, love, tolerance and above all trust in God, you can get the best out of it all,” Patience says amidst expression of joy and happiness.
The couple agrees that marriage is not a fairytale but with sacrifice and understanding each other, it becomes a life undertaking that you will leave to enjoy.
Patience who describes her husband as a loving, patient and supportive man who has stood with her right away from Senior six when they got to know each other, educated her further to attain Bachelors degree in Education and even started a business for her that she now runs.
To Pérez, a wedding with his longtime companion was the best gift life could have given them for standing together with each other through thick and thin, “That’s why I could not wait longer despite the coronavirus lockdown.”
“I thought of having a big wedding to appreciate, show love to my dear wife.15 years have been years of tolerance, forgiveness, patience and exceptional love. When the lockdown was announced I said nothing can stop our plans because this is the best gift I could give to my wife after all this long,” Perez says.
The couple adds it’s because of endurance that they saw a need to give their lives to God (get saved) because they believe, it is Him that made them stand for each other.
“Yes we love each other and I think that other couples do. But it takes the will of God to reach all this far, that’s why we chose to give our lives to God, got saved and we are now born again Christians,” Perez adds.
The couple advises young people especially those intending to get married not to rush into relationships without knowing and studying each other.
“When you hear that we started a relationship after my senior six, you might say I rushed, however, It took over three years studying each other character, expectations, weaknesses, family background and other many things before we went a step further [started living together]in our relationship,” Patience explains.