Douglas Lwanga has a lot of success to talk about. As the presenter of Katogo, a music show on Record TV, his audience knows no bounds.
But perhaps it was in December last year, that Lwanga scored major success in his life when he married long-term partner Eunice Nuwamanya in a magnificent red and white ceremony.
Douglas and Eunice’s love affair started under a mango tree. Douglas had been best friend to Eunice’s big brother Eugene for years, but had only heard of Eunice from conversations. The first time he met her, he had gone to visit at Eugene’s home and he met her dusting the chairs, a scene that remains engraved on his mind.
Their second meeting was more significant. It was Easter 2003 and Douglas was spending the holiday with Eugene’s family in Mbarara. One day, Eunice happened to join Eugene and Douglas for a chat under a mango tree.
When Eugene left them, they engaged in a deep conversation, and even shared phone numbers. Two weeks of endless phone chat, “the word love came up,” as Douglas puts it. And Eunice was not averse to the idea. Back then, Douglas spotted baggy jeans, huge shirts and bling.
And it would be easy for a girl to imagine he was the kind of guy that loved parties, intoxication and breaking hearts. But Eunice looked deeper and saw him for the down to earth and honest person who would love her.
It was in Nakulabye at Europe Learns about Africa. There, Douglas learned that his girlfriend loved club music, while he hated overly loud music. Most of their other dates were at his place or hers.
By then, Eugene knew about their relationship and was happy that his sister was with someone he knew.
On his birthday in 2005, Douglas walked into a surprise party thrown by Eunice. There were all her friends, music and a guitar-shaped cake. Guitar shaped because he loves music. He remembers being overwhelmed because he simply could not calculate how much money and effort Eunice had put into the whole thing.
The mango tree in Mbarara must be a lucky spot for this couple. Because, it is also here that Douglas proposed to Eunice. They had gone to spend the 2009 Christmas holiday with her family.
While taking a rest under the tree, he said: “I want us to take our relationship to another level.” They were officially engaged in a kuhingira ceremony in Mbarara on December 4, 2010.
The engagement lasted just a week. Douglas and Eunice said their vows at Entebbe Miracle Centre before Pastor Fred Kayanja. They had five maids in red and white polka dot dresses and two happy page boys.
DJ Shiru’s bright blue open roof convertible led the couple’s convoy of Mercdes Benz cars and a Hummer to the reception at Sports Beach in Entebbe. Douglas was on the wheel with his excited bride beside him. It was a star-studded affair.
The Kiwoko boys brought the couple in to Mata, while Bebe Cool, Lady Mariam, Gift of Kaddo and the Viva Stars also made an appearance.
It was a week in Zanzibar. Douglas emphasizes, though, that he would make it a life-long honeymoon for Eunice.
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