RALLY ace Suzan Muwonge, a.k.a Super Lady, beat seven men to win the national rally in Mbarara last weekend. She clocked 1 hour, 47 minutes and 15 seconds in 170 km. Susan is married to Lawrence Muwonge. Nickson Turyahikayo talked to her about her fame.
A mother of four, rally driver, a teacher and musician! How do you handle all that?
I have a time-table. I do rally and music over the weekend. Monday to Friday is for teaching, while family issues are a priority all the time.
Any challenges you have met as a rally driver?
One is luck and another, being put down because I am woman. I spent three years without a sponsor before I was rescued by Kobil. People donâ€™t believe a lady can beat men in racing and some always say judges cheat for me!
What advice do you have for ladies who look to you as their role model?
They should know that perseverence is the only way to success. Challenges are everywhere, but persistence brings victory.
your fiancÃ©e happy with your career?
Yes he is. That is why he supports me. He recently appeared on Bukedde TV, congratulating me over the victory in Mbarara.
There are rumours that he follows you to every rally to make sure no one hits on you...
That is not the reason. He is my number one fan and is always there to support me. And he does it both emotionally and financially. That is why I really love and respect him.
What have you done to thank him for the love?
I have produced four children and I am willing to give him more. I always pray for twins so that I bestow upon him the Ssalongo title.
What if he tells you to stop rallying?
I would respect his decision because I know he cannot say so without a reason.
What do you love most about him?
He treats me like his mother and actually calls me mum.
Why havenâ€™t you walked down the aisle?
I have seen many wedded people unhappy. Going to church to wed is secondary, as long as my relatives respect him as my husband and his relatives respect me as his wife. Didnâ€™t you call me Muwonge? If society already respects and recognises me as his wife, why should I splash money to earn the same thing?
Any advice to celebrities whose marriages are on the rocks?
A wife is always a wife. They should put their fame aside and respect their husbands.
Put fame aside and respect your husband, Muwonge advises