I paid my own bride price, it still hurts- Anne Kansiime
Ugandan actress and comedienne Anne Kansiime has shared details of her previous marriage to Gerald Ojok. The bubbly Kansiime revealed that she ended up paying her bride price, in her words ‘to make it easy for Ojok to marry her.’
“I accused someone of marrying me long enough for the whole world to believe it and him to believe it and I also believed it. Later when I realized that when you are married, it is when a man wakes up on his two feet, pays your bride price, takes you to church and then marries you; none of that had happened,” she said.
Refusing to go into details about her five-year marriage that ended about two years ago, Kansiime insinuated that she was naïve and blind in love.
“I do not want to go into the details. I was married but you know how you end up paying some of it for yourself. It is sad, do not look at me like that, and I am now an empowered woman,” she added.
Kansiime who hosted Nana Kaga on her YouTube Channel to discuss their personal experiences with wedding meetings, made it clear that she regrets helping Ojok pay for her dowry.
“I am saying this for anyone at home who is in a situation that they cannot leave because of what people will think, or if you are nearly getting married but you are tempted to contribute to that dowry. You will feel the way I am feeling,” she added.
However, she was quick to point out that she was just in love and wanted to make her ex-husband happy.
“And you know when you love someone, all you want to do is make them able to pay for you, able to afford you as far as dowry is concerned,” she said.
Shortly after their breakup, Kansiime and Gerald had a bitter internet exchange that had both of them washing their dirty linen in public.
It was rumored that finances played a key role in their fall out. There were also claims that Kansiime’s inability to have a child during the four years was a major cause of their split, because of pressure from Ojok’s family to have babies.
Other quarters indicated that Kansiime preferred to stabilise her career first before getting children.