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Immaculate Nabakooza met Micheal Nyonyintono Robinson, a supervisor at UK’s largest airport, Heathrow, when she had moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a medical degree in 2008.
Immaculate is the daughter to city tycoon, Mr. Kasumba Joseph, also known as Jokas for to his Bweyogerere hotel called Jokas.
The two met through mutual friends and later tied the knot in Holy matrimony in 2009 back in the UK. Prior to their kwanjula, they had been officially married for ten years. In fact, they are already blessed with two children.
Although their marriage is already purified, they had not yet done the cultural marriage ceremony called “Kwanjula.” In 2019, they eventually hid to culture’s call and flew to Uganda to fulfill it.
Immaculate would also be returning what her parents had sent her for ten years ago; a medical degree. However, she would be bringing them extra blessings; a husband and grandchildren.
Excited by her daughter’s decision to officially introduce her husband, Mr. Kasumba pulled all the stops to make the day one to remember. The elegant function happed at Immaculate’s father’s hotel, Jokas.
What stood out:
Unlike most parents who view their children’s kwanjula as an opportunity to get business capital by asking for too much, Immaculate’s father, Mr. Kasumba, asked Micheal for only a Bible for bride price (Omutwaalo).
“I only asked for a Bible as dowry. Although he took my daughter from my house, he has left us with God.”
The bakos (in-laws) tent was nicely decorated with white chrome chairs and round tables covered with peach table covers. Two more multiplex tents were set for the guests and equally well designed.
For the bridal gazebo, the decorator made a simple mirrored gazebo with peach and white florals to match the day’s theme.
When the time was due, Michel, in the company of his entourage made their way to the reception carrying “ekita kyo’mwenge.” This is local brew which is meant to ease tense when the groom and his fiancee’s family are discussing.
Unlike other introduction ceremonies where the groom and group first settle in their reserved tent, right after singing the Buganda anthem, Michel and a select few members of his entourage were first led to the house (kasolya) for the core function of kwanjula called okuzalibwa. This is where the groom presents the agreed-upon bride price. For bride price or dowry, Immaculate’s father asked for a Bible and that’s what Michel brought.
Although not asked for, the groom always brings extra gifts for the bride’s family as a way of showing appreciation for their daugther’s hand in marriage.
Once the core session of the ceremony(okuzalibwa) was done, and Michel was accepted by Immaculate’s parents, he was served a mouth-watering luwombo (delicious local chicken meal served to in-laws on their introduction day). Later Senga returned with the groom and presented him to the rest of the guests as their official in-law.
Following was entertainment from various sections of the bride’s family members including, her sisters, brothers, and aunties. This is where these groups come out to greet visitors in unison. Ideally, this session is meant to show guests that the bride’s family is huge in size and potential. Traditionally having many children meant security, strength, and prosperity for a family. Still, this is an important part and it makes the ceremony more colorful and graceful.
When it was time for Immaculate to leave the house, she was led by Catherine Kusasira and her sengas. In Buganda, the bride’s mother is supposed to keep indoors during this ceremony. She will have to leave her husband and his family to handle everything. This is not the case in Ankole where the girl’s mother is present and takes part throughout the entire ceremony.
Immaculate wore a beautiful rare netted sky blue gomesi embellished with a mixture of small and big sized sequins. She coupled her unique gomesi with a white sequin sash and accessorized her attire with minimal accessories. Her look stood out and looked very trendy because sky blue is one of those colors rarely won by brides. Michel Robinson looked amazing in the traditional kanzu and royal blue jacket with a detailed lapel.
For the gifts session, Immaculate changed into a netted cream gomesi designed with pearl embellishments. She coupled it with a royal blue sash of similar design.
For the engagement and cake cutting session, Immaculate and her entourage changed into a Kinyarwanda peach wear known as Mushanana. This matched her cake which was also designed in form of some western Uganda culture items (ekyanzi and obubbo).
The beautiful bride later returned in a black and white feathered shimmery gomesi carrying a goodbye gift (kabbo kamuwala) for Michel. She combined her gomesi with a green sash and green wrist bands. As with the other gomesis, she wore just enough jewelry –silver necklace and earrings for this look – to stay trendy and elegant. With every attire change, Immaculate changed the hairstyle as well.
The next thing should’ve been goodbyes but Immaculate had something else up her sleeves. After seeing her husband and his entourage off, she changed into a long cream attire, and returned with her children for yet another party; Her graduation ceremony.
Since her father had sent her to study, this was a necessary step. She was joined by friends and relatives including her husband, who had changed into a maroon suit. The graduation ceremony was also sealed off by cutting a graduation cake and dancing late into the night.
Immaculate’s father, Mr. Kasumba, gifted the Nyonyintonos with one acre of land near the city centre and pleaded with them to come back and settle in their motherland Uganda, and develop her.