A few people turned up later though; by 8 pm, the club was all set, complete with lights, seats, a DJ keeping the mood romantic and, above all, incredibly cheap drinks. A shot went for as low as Shs 1, At 9pm, the girls were asked to go to the club bar, the guys would stay in their seats. When a particular song played, the girls would walk to a random guy and start a conversation.
The same song would also signal the end of each five-minute dating. Doris, one of the girls I talked to, is a psychiatrist nurse in Uganda for the holidays. Doris actually believed in finding true love here! We spent most of our five minutes talking about what we do.
Unlike Doris, Carol specifically came for fun. Others came for business.
From where I was seated, I could hear many exchange business ideas and tips. Roland, the brain behind the do says that the last time the event took place, at least three couples hit it off. Even with a low turn up, the crowd included everyone from a stressed Kisekka market mechanic to some hot-shot lawyer.
There were more guys than the girls though. The event didn't last long; after 90 minutes, the daters were finally allowed to freely interact without time limits.
It is then that two sisters complained about one of the guys. He then came to me, communicating using sign language and sketches on a paper because he is allegedly mute and a chef with a top restaurant," she said.
Organisers believe their next gathering - scheduled for Valentine's Day - will be bigger. This time, they at least proved a point; Kampalans will try out anything. Did anyone find true love that night? Find event listings and line ups, venue details, ticket information, nearby hotels and restaurants - all the essential information in one place!
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