The guests came smartly dresses in Ganda ceremonial attire of kanzu and gomesi as Annet Nakigozi introduced John Ssemogerere to her family in Bukasa, Kirinnya last Saturday.
The introduction ceremony started at 1:50pm when Ssemogerere and his entourage arrived in a long convoy. Nakigozi stepped out with her ssengas, who wore matching yellow, purple and blue-striped gomesis and matching jewellery, as the bride flashed a triumphant smile.
Clearly, there was no anxiety of competing with the bride for attention as is wont to happen at some functions. Nakigozi settled for uniform gomesis for her ssengas and 'sisters', making her stand out beautifully in her colourful creation.
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At 6pm, Ssemogerere was officially declared a son-in-law and led to the main house for his first meal as a muko. In appreciation, Ssemogerere presented a number of gifts that included a cow, goat, four bags of sugar and rice, a sofa set, and 10 crates of sodas, among other gifts.
Ssemogerere and Nakigozi knew each other from way before they were even teenagers, as primary school pupils. They maintained an innocent childlike friendship, not knowing that fate was already aligning their destinies.
Their friendship was to grow into a romance as the two grew up together and started secondary education.
"In secondary school, I conceived and I had to take a maternity leave, but we never gave up with our studies or love," Nakigozi said.
Nakigozi said after graduation they moved in together and now have five children and are both gainfully employed. She added she took long to introduce her fiancé due to their original plan that they would first build their own home.
"I like Ssemogerere! He always gives me hope in whatever hardship. He is a God-fearing person, patient and I am happy that everything had been formalized. My parents have allowed him to marry me and that is all that matters," Nakigozi says.
The couple promised their parents and family a December church wedding.
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