Upon hearing her introduce herself as she contested for the students’ coordinator post in the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) conference hall where they had gathered for orientation, Blaise Atwoki Kankya’s heartbeat more than doubled.
“There was something special about Elizabeth Kahunde and I considered her my answered prayer there and then,” Blaise says.
For Elizabeth, the first thing that drew her to him was the common language.
Both were external students of Bachelor of Education.
“While we became great friends, I did not suspect he had interest in me until he invited me to his brother’s wedding. There he introduced me to his relatives as a friend. He later told me they appreciated our friendship and then asked for my hand in marriage,” Elizabeth says.
It took Elizabeth quite a while to respond to the proposal and Blaise could have given up.
“Then I heard the voice of God telling me he was the man I had been waiting for. That was the sign because I had come to see him as a courageous, caring and loving man who suited a big percentage of my interests,” she says.
On the other hand, Blaise loved her confidence having prayed for a strong woman that would match his personality. Her intelligence also endeared her to him. She was among the few first class students in their class having obtained a GPA of 4.75.
Elizabeth, who hails from Mwenge County, Kyenjojo is also selfless, having sacrificed her time to teach him essay writing which helped Blaise’s grades.
The Kankya’s courtship was mainly done on phone since they were far apart teaching; Blaise in Kabarole and Elizabeth in Mitooma.
“The only precious moment we ever got to chat face to face was after lectures in the evening yet I also needed to ensure I was home before darkness,” she says.
These chats usually lasted 30 minutes and were held in the open.
“Once in a while, we would also go for a cup of tea in Club 5,” Blaise says.
Nonetheless, the ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’ calls were like the glue that stuck them together when they were apart yet also holding dear the principle of no sex before marriage.
While Blaise had wanted to marry Elizabeth after their second semester of second year, they later agreed to first finish school.
“That waiting time was a trying moment for me because I was afraid other men would take her away from me. Click to read more…