The Observer (Kampala)

13 December 2012

Uganda: What's This Fuss About Girlfriends?

As I went about my work one Sunday morning at my place recently, my female neighbour asked me a rare a question - did I have a girlfriend?

When I inquired why she wanted to know my relationship status, she told me she hadn't seen girls play in my room like it's the case with other guys around. My answer to the question was "No".

"What! The whole you?" she shockingly replied.

Well, I didn't see the reason for her being shocked. If I was 50 without a fiancée, there would be cause for concern. I am only 22 and someone gets surprised that I don't have a girlfriend, really?

Of course I know many men who at one point in life have reflected on their lives and tried to explain their "woes" of not having girlfriends: "Is it because I don't have money to splash around? Or is it because I am ugly and unattractive to girls?"

"Maybe I am so small or short and girls like tall men. May be I am shy and not charming."

And many give up after not getting an answer to explain their situation. Not me, though. I have refused to spend even a minute of my valuable time to think about my "bad luck" of not having a girlfriend.

I know now you are saying this one must be impotent! Sorry, I am normal and I know that at the right time, I will get a girlfriend or wife in that case and we live happily. I don't have any inherent problem that explains why I don't really have a girlfriend.

At my age, when things go wrong, the heartbreak is felt deeply and I don't want to be in those situations. Besides, for now, I really don't have a lot of time to spend flirting around with women.

All said, I am human and at one moment I will have to get someone who must meet these qualities: she must be beautiful (I am strict about both the inner and outer beauty), amazingly witty, toned down, intelligent with the ability to sustain an insightful argument.

These are my simple demands - if you meet them, well, I can reconsider my position. Not now, though; only when I turn 27.

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