A 28-year-old lady, Annet Nakabonye, has married Isaac Jacob Luwo, the man she saved from embarrassment by paying his transport fare seven years ago.
Luwo, now a brand manager at Uber, had apparently left his wallet at home while he boarded a taxi with Nakabonye in Uganda in 2012. The conductor reportedly harassed him, thinking he did not want to pay for his fares.
“I had no single coin on me but to my surprise, a lady in the taxi offered to pay for my journey,” Luwo said.
Nakabonye’s compassion surprised Luwo, so he decided to ask for her mobile number. The two became friends and stayed connected for over two years.
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In 2014, Luwo felt they both had more than a friendship connection. He decided to propose, but Nakabonye declined his proposal.
“However much she didn’t want to be my girlfriend, I didn’t lose hope. We remained friends for about six months, until I brought it up again,” Luwo added.
He refused to give up and proposed again on her birthday.
Although Nakabonye turned down his request for the second time, Luwo noted that her answer gave him some hope.
“She told me she had to first pray about it and also talk to her pastor about the entire situation.”
In February 2016, Luwo decided to take a step further and make his attentions more clearer.
He went to Nakabonye’s pastor for approval, however, the clergyman’s reply was no different: “He advised us to pray about it and ask God to show us the right path.”
The situation remained until October 2016, when Nakabonye threw Luwo a surprise birthday party.
The two shared a special moment that day, and she accepted to be his girlfriend, but not without condition.
“Although she had accepted to be in a relationship with me, she suggested that we couldn’t get married until she was done with school, a condition I welcomed and agreed to,” Luwo noted.
Towards the end of 2017, the two decided to meet each other’s parents and let them know about their intention to get married.
Annet’s parents agreed and requested that Luwo become a born again Christian.
“I didn’t really have a problem with it since I had already started attending Nakabonye’s church,” he stated.
Luwo’s parents were said to be excited to hear that they would soon have a daughter-in-law.
“My mother advised me to make sure I was making the right decision and I was being with a person that really made me happy.”
On August 20, 2018, Luwo and 15 of his family members and friends went for a kukyala ceremony at Nakabonye’s aunt’s home in Buvuma.
Their introduction ceremony officially took place on November 9, 2019, in which Luwo was officially introduced by Nakabonye at her parent’s home in Kayunga.