How did the two of you meet?
We met at Kampala Pentecostal Church (KPC) about 14 years ago. We both used to go to KPC.
What was your pick up line?
Arthur: I told her that I was going to a party but in reality, there was no party.
Noella: When he asked me to join him for a party I told him, “maybe next time”. He used to be very shy back then, especially when he first approached me but we met again sometime after that.
How long have you been married?
Arthur: We will be making 11 years in June. We got married in June 2003.
What was your impression about each other when you met?
Arthur: I saw this beautiful lady and I thought: “What a fine looking lady!” This to me was a plus. When I talked to her, she was so down-to-earth and that made everything a complete package.
Noella: His calmness and good looks drew me to him.
Arthur, what did your parents think about Noella when they met her?
Both my parents and siblings liked Noella and that encouraged us to take our relationship to the next level.
Noella, what qualities does Arthur possess that are important to you?
He is a good-looking man, very patient, respectful and a hands-on father.
Were you drawn to him by the Blick name?
At first he didn’t tell me his second name. He revealed to me after eight months when he invited me to one of his races. I was a bit scared after finding out who he was since it came with attention, yet I am a very private person.
What are some of the adjustments you both made from being single to married?
Arthur: Personally, I believe a good marriage comes with sacrifices. I got married when I was only 27 years old and many people kept asking me if I was sure about it, but I proved to them that I was ready. Before we got married, we used to party from Thursday to Monday, but after our marriage, everything changed due to the responsibilities. We reduced on the partying and I don’t have any regrets on making that move.
Noella: I met Arthur when I was 19 and I have not seen any big adjustment because I have been with only him since we met. We are both open-minded so when he does something or I do, we both let each other know about it.
How financially ready were you for marriage and children?
Arthur: I plan but I do not plan 100 per cent. There are so many people who plan so much and they end up waiting forever. For my case, I had made up my mind that I wanted to get married, but I had not built a house or bought a car and if we had set all those ultimatums, I don’t think we would have been together today. However, it is important to have a source of income because once the children come into the picture, everything changes, including the cost of living.
Noella: Unlike today, life was not as expensive. For us who got married earlier, the cost of living was much cheaper and we kept our wedding as simple as possible. We have been to many weddings where couples invite so many guests who at the end leave the reception grumbling and dissatisfied with how they were served.
What is the hardest thing you have had to deal with in your marriage and how did you deal with it?
Arthur: We sometimes have the usual fights and most of the time it’s because of time keeping. I am a very time conscious person yet my wife is not.
Noella: Before we got married, Arthur was not very affectionate yet I am an avid person. It was a challenge to me at the beginning but he adjusted a bit and I am now okay with him.
What effect did having children, especially the first child, have on your marriage?
Arthur: When our first child was born, I was sleep-deprived for quite some time because we got our second child soon after him. They would wake up at night, one after the other, and due to that, I developed insomnia, which affected my performance as a Motocross rider. But couples should not be scared of getting children since they are a blessing. That stage of waking up three times a night is something that only lasts for a short while.
Noella: We have three children. Before the birth of our children, we used to have dates every Friday, but now everything has changed because our children need much of our time. But we still go on those dates and movies once every month to keep our relationship alive. Maybe we shall have more time in future when they grow older, since they will be independent.