A prominent Ugandan businessman, Hajji Mohammad Ngobi, was moved to tears after his five wives threw a surprise party to celebrate his 57th birthday and three decades of happy peaceful marriage.
The five women, Aisha Namatende, Zulufah Nampina, Sumaya Ngobi, Hajjati Lamulal Ngobi, Aminah Namukose and Sharifah Ngobi, have been married to Ngobi for a period of 30 to 10 years. Ngobi is also the prime minister of the Nagwere clan.
The party was held at the home of the eldest wife, Namatende in Nabidongha zone, Iganga town last week.
The women’s gesture aroused admiration as such friendship among women in a polygamous marriage is uncommon in the area.
In speeches before their families, the women thanked a blushing Hajji Ngobi for creating a harmonious relationship among them.
The women said that Hajji Ngobi had never discriminated against any of them in his treatment and ensured that he always shared all family resources equitably. Hajjati Zulufah Nampina recalled the many instances when Hajji Ngobi was considerate in his treatment.
The surprised Hajji Ngobi shed tears as he listened to speeches from his five wives and their children.
Hajji Ngobi said he had not expected the party thrown in his honour and thanked his wives and family for appreciating his decades of work.
“I have been able to build a house for each of my wives and they all have a business. 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.
Sheikh Shaban Ngobi, who presided over the function, urged wives in the audience to emulate the women before them. Sheikh Ngobi is Hajji Ngobi’s brother.
Family and friends concluded the evening by singing and presenting birthday gifts to Hajji Ngobi.