By Beatrice Nakibuuka
When Ivan Asingura asked Faith Nagaba to be her date on Valentine’s Day in 2020, they instead dated for marriage. The two gave themselves an ultimatum that if they did not wed in the next two or three years, they would go separate ways.
Ivan and Faith first met at church in 2018 at a mutual friend’s wedding. They were on a WhatsApp group where Ivan was the treasurer. There, Faith had made a pledge and when she wanted to send through her contribution, she looked through the group directory for his contact number and found it with the help of his profile picture.
“I sent my contribution but I was unable to attend the function. After some time, I asked Ivan how he had been but he flatteringly said our wedding would be next. I treated that as a joke,” Faith recalls.
Meanwhile friend had shared pictures of Faith with Ivan but he seemed cold. Later, he confessed to liking her and they casually talked once in a while. Ivan remarks that he was interested in her but she had acted indifferently. So, he somehow gave up on her.
“I continued texting her and liking her statuses but I felt like she was distant and in a relationship. And, since I lived in Entebbe at the time and she was at Kyambogo University, I did not see her often,” he says.
Both attended a week of prayer at Kyambogo SDA Church. In the evening, Ivan escorted Faith to her hostel and henceforth, their communication became more frequent.
“He used to refer to me as his crush and I responded the same way but the feeling was not mutual. I never took Ivan seriously,” she recalls.
On Valentine’s Day in 2020, he asked her to be his date. Faith accepted.
“This was our first date and I professed my feelings towards her. She asked for time to think about it. In due course, I endeavoured to keep communication consistent through calls and texts. I would call her at 3am for us to pray together on phone,” he reveals. Click to read more…