By Joan Salmon
It was love at first sight for Tabitha Nabuliba and Aziz Haruna who met at a mutual friend’s wedding in Hoima in January 2012.
“The moment I saw him, I jokingly said to myself, “Wow, he will be my husband.” Since he was busy helping guests check into the hotel, the first encounter was just a quick hello,” Tabitha says.
Later in the day, feeling under the weather, Tabitha decided to leave early. However, a car had blocked hers and after the announcement for the owner to come and move it was made, Aziz appeared. “I literally melted when I saw him,” she says.
His first words to her were, “Why are you leaving so early?” Looking at his handsome face, Tabitha froze, failing to answer. She also quickly jumped into her car and waited for him to get his car out of the way.
To Aziz, this was rude. However, all Tabitha could think about that afternoon as she dosed off was his image in a kanzu and coat.
They met again at the after-party and a smitten Tabitha went to the washroom several times, even without need, just to draw his attention. However, he seemed oblivious of her until she summoned courage to ask him for a dance.
“He turned me down and it hurt so bad I could have cried. I decided to drown my pain by screaming and wildly dancing with my girlfriends,” she says. Then, she felt a tap on her shoulder and on turning, it was Aziz. “I was confused. The same person who had turned me down was now asking for a dance. Head or heart, the heart won once again and I danced,” she says.