IT was a dream come true for Syras Mutumba and his girlfriend Doreen Kizanye the moment they disembarked in Victoria on Mahe Island in the Seychelles. Mutumba and Kizanye scooped first prize in the V&A â€˜make everyday a valentine dayâ€™ promotion that ran throughout February and March.
The first prize for buying V&A during the promotion was an all-expenses-paid trip to Seychelles, all courtesy of V&A. Accompanying the couple to Seychelles, V&A brand manager Juliana Kagwa said: â€œV&A always rewards and the promotion was our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers.â€
At Entebbe airport, both Mutumba and Kizanye, who hail from Matugga and were first-time air travellers, could hardly contain their excitement. So excited was Mutumba that he even wore a suit, ignoring the fact that he was going to spend the next four days lounging on the beach.
And when the couple finally got to The Sunset Beach Resort, they were booked into the honeymoon suite, which made the first day a real treat. The following morning, the couple took a 20-minute flight to a bird sanctuary, where they were shown a variety of rare birds.
After which, it was a boat ride to another conservation island for lunch. After lunch, it was yet another boat ride to a turtle sanctuary with the rest of the island devoted to swimming.
Mutumba and Kizanye could not help but marvel at the ocean and how clear the water was.
About the sand, Mutumba said, â€œI think these people first wash the sand then put it on the beach because it is so clean; much cleaner than it is in Uganda.â€ Being a Friday night and after a hearty dinner, the couple got into their best clothes and headed out for a night in the town. In the club, it took a while for Mutumba to get warmed up. But Kizanye took to the dance floor and showed her hosts what she can do.
But it was the shopping trip on the last day that brought out the best in Mutumba and Kizanye. They practically wanted to buy everything they saw and had it not been a money issue, they probably would have.
Their return to Uganda was something else. They had gotten news that Kizanyeâ€™s parents were set to throw them a party to welcome them back. And like Mutumba said on the trip: â€œI have put Matugga on the map,â€ that welcome-back party was probably necessary.
V&Aâ€™s Seychelles valentine