By Caesar Abangirah
Godfrey Mutebi and Eva Nantege met at Life Victory Church (LVC), Nateete in 1994. Godfrey had joined the church earlier in 1992. And when Eva joined two years later, he thought she was reserved, sophisticated and intelligent. She also had a part time job doing secretarial work at Makerere University that she had taken on in 1990 after finishing her O-Level exams.
Eva has since earned a Bachelor of Secretarial Studies degree from Makerere University and a Post graduate Diploma in Management from Uganda Management Institute. Between 1995 and 1997, the two were members of the church’s worship team and saw each other often.
Whenever they got a chance to talk, Eva responded in English, a language Godfrey was not fluent in. But that did not stop them from meeting often which in turn helped their friendship blossom.
According to Godfrey, the two became so attached to each other that just a day without meeting seemed like eternity, even though there were no intentions of marriage. And for two years, they remained friends.
However, God had other plans. The two would eventually fall in love in 1996 but as the relationship grew, many close relatives and friends insisted that ‘it would end in tears’.
“Honestly, there were some older women who tried to connect me with several men but these relationships never worked out,” Eva, who was then 28 years old, says.
With the encouragement of Pr Betty Kikomeko, the two were joined in Holy Matrimony at Life Victory Church on May 11, 1997 by Pr Jamada Kikomeko.
Journey of marriage