The Observer (Kampala)

22 November 2012

Uganda: Prince Wasajja Praises His Princess

Kabaka Mutebi's younger brother, Prince David Wasajja, has, for the first time, spoken about the woman he intends to marry, describing her as cultured, dignified and religious.

Last Saturday, Prince Wasajja visited the family of Marion Nankya Nsubuga, his wife-to-be, in a discreet ceremony at Lungujja, Kampala. Nankya is a daughter to Bukoto South MP Matthias Nsubuga, who defeated Alintuma Nsambu in a by-election in July.

Prince Wasajja was reportedly accompanied by family and friends for the cultural ceremony known as kukyala. The couple set December 22 as the date for customary marriage, commonly known as kwanjula (introduction) and April 27, 2013 for the church wedding. The Observer understands that the venue for the kwanjula has not yet been decided; while Nsubuga wants to hold it in his constituency in Lwengo, other people want it in Kampala.

Buganda kingdom spokesman Charles Peter Mayiga said the kingdom is very happy and wished the prince a happy marriage. Sources in Mengo say that Kabaka Mutebi, who recently visited Nsubuga's home in Masaka, is very happy for his young brother.

Nalinnya Dorothy Nassolo, the eldest child of the late king Fredrick Mutesa, echoed Mayiga's sentiments.

"He has got a right person, of his choice, and as the family we wish him the best in his marriage," she said.

The public also welcomed the news, with many visitors to The New Vision website, which broke the story, quickly warming up to a bride they describe as beautiful.

Who is Nankya?

Nankya, 28, went to Kampala Parents and she was the best student in the country before she joined Kibuli SS for O-level and Uganda Martyrs' SS, Namugongo, for A-level. She later studied Business Administration and Management at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi.

Mengo sources say Nankya is the sales and marketing manager at Uganda Safari Company Tours and Travel, a subsidiary of Wild Places of Africa, which has a string of lodges across the country. Sources close to the prince say that after last week's ceremonies, the prince looks relieved.

"He looks excited because he has been under tremendous pressure from friends and relatives but now that he has Nankya by her side he looks relaxed," said one close friend.

Speaking to The Observer today, Wasajja described the delay to get married as planned and calculative.

"I have always waited for the right time and the right person and in Nankya I have everything I wanted," he said, citing Phil Collins' song You Can't Hurry Love.

Wasajja, who was visibly happy, also spoke about Nankya's love for culture, being former leader of Nkobazambogo students association at university.

"She is intelligent, cultured, very dignified, religious and among other things very beautiful and these are the qualities I have been looking for and have been hard to find over years."

Who is prince Wasajja?

Prince Wasajja is in his 40s and Kabaka Mutebi's young brother. He went to Namilyango College and Nottingham University, where he studied Political Science and Public Administration.

He is one of the directors of Buganda Land Board that looks after the Kabaka's official estate [the 360sq miles]. He is also into real estate as well as being one of the attorneys of the Kabaka regarding his estates.

In October 2009, The Observer reported that Wasajja was one of the key people that made Kabaka Mutebi's visit to State House Entebbe possible. Wasajja is an avid jogger, a member of Kampala Hash House Harriers.

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