In a few months, it will be over a decade since Robert and Angel Tusiime Mayanja said ‘I do’. Meeting on a gospel mission ground in Kibale District in September 2006, they could not keep their eyes off each other.
“What struck me about Angel was her outgoing nature and wherever she was, people felt her presence. On the physical side, she has the most beautiful eyes and legs,” Robert says.
Cupid’s arrow had indeed struck Robert’s heart who spent the next three months trying to find the best moment and words to express his feelings. “I was scared because I thought she was already dating someone. Eventually, I gathered the strength and courage to tell her,” he says.
Unlike other men who ask for a date, Robert asked her to be his wife despite her being in her Second Year at University. “I knew that she was the right person and I did not want to beat around the bush. We were in courtship for about two-and-a-half years,” he reminisces.
Angel remembers Robert’s request like yesterday. “He did not ask me out to a date but instead asked me to be his wife, something I found rather shocking. Yes, a number of other men were interested in me but I had not yet made up my mind so he got lucky.”
However, from then on, things were not easy as Robert juggled books and work. “With the tight schedule, we would meet once in a while,” he adds. Despite time being a daunting factor, the lovebirds used the time to learn several things about each other.
“When I met Angel, I did not know that she was from Western Uganda because her Luganda was so fluent. I later got to know about her origin, her likes and dislikes, what made her happy or sad. I made it my goal to enter her world and see if I can fit in.”
Angel adds that they took time off to attend church services together, pray, take pictures, visit friends as well as go for social events such as weddings and introductions.
“While it is very common, lately, that sex is part of the courtship puzzle, the Mayanjas chose sexual purity over pleasure. “Given the strong spiritual beliefs that weighed on our conscience, it was the way to go. We thank God who actually pushed us through,” Angel shares…. Read more