By Olivier Mukaaya
Benon Murashi and Martha Nabusoba Cannah met in high school but never talked anything about love. They parted ways and met again. The two fell head over heels for each other, thus got close in December 2016.
Despite the fact that they were staying miles apart, and most people had told them it was a bad idea for them to get married during Covid-19, this never stopped them from having their wedding.
The duo started planning for their wedding in May last year. They set their eyes on May 23, not knowing there would be an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
“No one saw Covid-19 coming. Worse still, we never imagined our wedding was going to take place in the lockdown,” says Benon. He adds: “When the pandemic happened, we focused on the purpose of planning for our day; postponing was never an option. I he had dated Martha for some time and he did not want to wait longer to start my life with her.”
“Martha is beautiful, patient, humble and I had fallen in love with her since high school. Above all, she is God-fearing and simplistic, the most attractive traits.
Martha describes Benon as her best friend, God-fearing, patient and, above all-loving. It was a tricky time for them but their faith propelled them forward.
“We believed God for our provision and the success of our wedding and decided to proceed with our wedding,” says Benon.
They raised funds from savings and also got some support from their friends and family to make the day happen.
“We held our introduction a day before the wedding and we invited few people because by then, gatherings had been banned,” he recalls.
Although getting a movement permit was not easy, they attribute it all to God’s favour.
“Our chairman and I talked to the Resident District Commissioner and he was convinced but, there were set conditions. We had it with an expiry date and a handful of names listed,” he says.
The couple also paid their service providers before the D-day and planned a simple event.
“We chose key people for the wedding who comprised; the maid of honour and the best man. We did not want a big entourage that would require us to increase the budget and take lots of time to manage,” says Martha. The bridal party then got their attire a week before their wedding.
Benon says they did their premarital counselling at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Mbale GPPC Church under the guidance of Apostle Stephen, and at Grace Community Church under Pr James and his wife, Pr Isaac Nangalama and their parents.
He learnt that communication is vital in marriage and that marriage is a covenant that one makes before God. Once both people submit to Him through prayers, everything goes smoothly.
Martha learnt that marriage means being accountable to one another and that you need a friend with whom you can share your fears, happiness, and hard moments. She further says she also learnt to be open to her husband as she would be to a close friend.
Date: May 23, 2020
Groom: Murashi Benon
Bride: Martha Nabusoba Cannah
Main celebrant: Rt Rev Milton Eridad Shisa
Venue: St Andrews Cathedral Mbale
Reception: Pentecostal Theological College Mbale