By Reagan Ssempijja
Capital FM staff, former staff, friends and family converged at the station’s gardens on July 8 to pay their last respects to Alex Ndawula, a former radio presenter DJ on Capital Radio, and above all, a radio veteran who made quite the mark during his career that spanned well over three decades.
The send-off saw notable faces in radio history like Edward Zizinga, Christine Mawadri, Oulanyah Columbus, Robert Ogwal (Rasta Rob).
Others were media personalities like Dave Kazoora, Patrick Salvador, and Miles Rwamiti.
During the eulogies, Val Oketcho, a former colleague of Ndawula on Capital FM, praised the late for setting the pace for radio in the 1990s, alluding to how many of today’s radios DJs try to walk in his path.
To further talk about Ndawula’s genius, in a speech read on his behalf, Capital FM proprietor William Pike reminded mourners of the type of radio DJ Ndawula was.
He emphasised how dedicated the late was, saying: “He would do the Dance Force show till after midnight, most times sounding ‘higher and higher’, and at times, we would call him to say, ‘it is time to stop the show and go to bed’. Alex has run is race, and will always be remembered.”
The send-off had just a few speeches, and this was explained as the result of limited time, and that more speeches would be made on July 9, at Rubaga Cathedral during the requiem mass.
However, even with a short-lived event, what was said about the late was memory-refreshing for his fans, and colleagues. And quite more interesting, seeing radio veterans like Christine Mawadri and more quite nostalgic for those who used to religiously listen to them in the olden days of Ugandan radio.
Ndawula left Capital FM in 2017. He breathed his last on June 6 at Nsambya Hospital, Kampala, after suffering with illness for a while.
He will be laid to rest on July 10, at Kyamaganda village in Lwengo district.