Mukono, (UG): Residents of Nakifuma, in Mukono District over the weekend witnessed a “historic wedding occasion,” after Hajj Habib Nsikonnene, a businessman in the area paraded seven wives at a go, including two siblings from the same family.
On Sunday, September 10th, Hajj Nsikonnene stunned the residents when he exchanged marital vows with his seven wives, before holding a massive reception attended by hundreds at his home.
The event happened in Kijjo-Namasengere village, Nakifuma Sub County, in Mukono district, central Uganda.
Residents who spoke to this website say two of the women are sisters, while two others share a first name, Aisha. The seven wives were all listed by their first names as; Rashidah, Aisha, Fatuma, Shanifah, Mariam, Zainah, and yet another Aisha.
The historic function started at about 8 am in the morning, when the brides were taken to local salons for styling, before they were placed in waiting Super Custom vans, with specialized plates bearing the names of each of the brides.
After the religious rite, Hajj Nsikonnene and his wives held a big procession led by bodaboda cyclists, through the towns of Kalagi, Kasana, and Nakifuma, before arriving at their home at 6 pm in the evening.
Groom speaks out
Nsikonnene while speaking at the reception, thanked his women for being loyal to him; (the eldest has been with him for seven years.)
According to Habibu, he was initially introduced to each of his women’s parents before convening a collective ceremony at his own residence.
Despite the Muslim faith honouring polygamy but with a limit of four wives per husband, Habib defied the norms, citing his enduring relationships with his women, spanning a minimum of four years, as the unshakable reason behind his commitment.
“My wives harbour no jealousy amongst themselves,” he declared with pride.
He revealed, however, that in the future he will be bringing in more wives.
“I introduced them separately and decided to wed them all at once to make one big happy family,” he said, adding; “I am still a young man and in the near future, God willing, I cannot say this is the end of it.”
Meanwhile, Nsikonnene’s father, Hajj Abdul Ssemakula said polygamy has been long practiced in this family.
“My grandfather had six wives who were separated by curtains in a single house,” Hajj Ssemakula said.
“My own late father had 5 wives and I myself have four wives who live in one house,” he added.
What Residents say
The residents described the wedding as one for history books, while others said the event had cured their jealousy altogether.
“This is history for us. I have never seen anything like this in my 57 years,” said one of the locals.
Another resident, a female, said; “I cannot be jealous anymore; I also want to be married in the same way.”