By Joyce Aheebwa
One day, Magembe’s spiritual mother Sylvia Namusisi started counselling us but all the while, she spoke as though she was speaking to a couple and I kept wondering what was going on,” recalls 27-year-old Bridget Agnes Namitala, a Development Studies graduate from Makerere University.
David Ivan Magembe aka Mag Ivan, a 32-year-old driver and gospel artiste met Namitala in 2014 at a concert. She later joined the same choir Magembe was a member of and here, they became acquaintances.
“Since we had never exchanged phone numbers, we rarely spoke away from church. We would just send a hello once in a while on Facebook. In fact, I asked her to escort me to my spiritual mother’s home via messenger,” says Magembe.
Sylvia Namusisi had demanded to meet Magembe’s partner, saying the biggest downfall of many artistes has always been their choice of marriage partner.
“She made it seem like a prerequisite for her continued financial support. I knew I had no one in my life then, so I took Namitala with me just to buy myself more time. Namitala had no idea what I was getting her into,” Magembe says.
It was known that Magembe would always spend his Sunday afternoons at Namusisi’s home and so it did not come off as an awkward request when he invited Namitala to join him.
At Namusisi’s home, they received a warm welcome, and to Magembe, this was a good sign that she was the right woman for him. After Sunday lunch, Namusisi asked to talk to Magembe and Namitala in private, away from the other guests.
“The confused look on Namitala’s face made me shiver. Her eyes kept widening as Namusisi told us to be a couple that worships God. I knew I was in trouble and had to explain myself,” Magembe says, adding that on their way home, the silence was so loud.
“I was not happy about the ambush but by the time I reached home, I knew that he had done it for a reason. I knew now that he wanted me for a life partner and this is how our journey started,” says Namitala. Click to read more…