Five women in Iganga, Uganda, have thrown a party for their husband to celebrate three decades of harmonious marriage.
The party was held to coincide with Hajji Mohammad Ngobi’s 57th birthday. Aisha Namatende, Zulufah Nampina, Sumaya Ngobi, Hajjati Lamulal Ngobi, Aminah Namukose and Sharifah Ngobi professed their undying love for Mzee Ngobi. They have been married to him for between 10 and 30 years.
Ngobi is a prominent businessman and the prime minister of the Nagwere clan in Nabidongha zone, some 120 kilometres from Uganda’s capital Kampala.
According to Nile Post, the wives’ gesture attracted curiosity and admiration in equal measure. “Such friendship among women in a polygamous marriage is uncommon in the area,” writes the newspaper. “In most cases, polygamous families experience a lot of misunderstandings and violence, mainly due to misunderstandings and hatred among wives.”
The party was held at the home of the eldest wife Namatende. Tears and showers of mutual praise flowed freely. Ngobi was termed as a loving and compassionate head of the large family. The women said he treated them equally and shared all family resources equitably. “I have been able to build a house for each of my wives and they all have a business,” said Ngobi.
How does he ensure there’s no jealousy among the women? “Before I add another one, I am always open to the new one to know that she is not alone, but that there other women as well,” he said.