“Eddy is so excited, he can no longer understand,” a relative said of Eddie Ssemakula on the morning he was to be introduced by Rhionah Musoke to her family.
His composure did not fully convince his relatives that he was relaxed. November 1 was the day he was going to be shown to the world as Rhionah’s fianceacute. It was a bright sunny day as Eddie’s entourage drove to Rhionah’s family home at Lukadde road in Kyaliwajjala.
They were welcomed by Gakyali Mabaga cultural group, who set the day’s celebratory mood. The compound was well decorated with orange and turquoise as the theme colours. The event coordinator, Ben Kalule, did a commendable job of keeping people’s spirits up and making sure everyone was on time.
All the guests were smartly dressed but of course one lady outshone them all: the bride. In her bright yellow gomesi and a wide smile, she was a dazzling sight. As she gracefully waved to the crowd, it was obvious she was a darling to her neighbourhood and family. Lively and girly, she waved to the familiar faces in the crowd.
The crowd was lost in wonderment when she traded the gomesi for a body-hugging kitenge dress she accessorized with chunky golden jewellery. With the dress outlining her curves, she was a sight to behold. Even Eddie could not look her in the eyes, which earned him teasing by Sam Kabuye, Rhionah’s spokesman, who dared him to look her straight in the eye.
Later, when Rhionah thanked her parents, her command of the Luganda language impressed everyone. This prompted Eddie’s spokesperson to jokingly say that she would be a politician. When Eddie Ssemakula decided to upgrade from a diploma to a degree in journalism and communication at Makerere University in 2011, little did he know he was to find his fated lady in Complex hall.
They met during the hall’s fellowship. Rhionah – currently a librarian at Word of Christ ministries – impressed the God-fearing Eddie with her hunger for God.
“We had been friends before, since we used to meet in Bible study but there was an awkwardness in our friendship,” Eddie said. “We reached a point when we knew that if we did not define things, then everyone would be confused. I had to take the lead on January 27, 2013 and ask her out.”
Eddie, a freelance journalist, says he could not have got a better gift from God than his God-fearing wife. The couple is set to wed in church on December 27.
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