Veteran radio presenter and disc jockey, Alex Ndawula has died.
Ndawula, who graced the airwaves of private FM stations in Uganda – starting with Sanyu FM before moving to Capital FM – which was swept away by the liberalization of the early 90s, is believed to have died on Monday night at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala at the age of 59.
Capital FM producer and presenter Patricia Osman confirmed Ndawula’s death on Monday evening.
“A legend has fallen asleep. Rest in peace Radio Legend. Sleep well. We will forever celebrate you Alexander Ndawula,” she wrote on social media.
He retired from Capital FM in May 2017 after more than 20 years of service.
He was hailed by his former work colleagues, friends and other Ugandans who grew up listening to his shows like a true legend.
“A true legend has gone offline. He ignites the FM airwaves in the morning and more, during his Dance Force mixes. At the top of FM radio, the weekend dance space belonged to Alex Ndawula. Farewell Alex Ndawula,” tweeted Allan Ssenyonga.
“Rest in peace to the legendary Alex Ndawula of radio. You have paved the way for many. Rest in Power,” tweeted TV presenter, Douglas Lwanga.
For Allan Tashobya, Ndawula was “A unique voice, a legend and one of the larger than life media personalities on Capital FM Uganda who made us fall in love with everything we now call a career.”
Moving from the United States to Uganda
Born in New York, USA in 1963, Ndawula moved to Uganda when his father died when he was just eight years old.
Ndawula would later join St. Mary’s College Kisubi but a year later he went to Nairobi, then to Namasagali for his high school and finally to Nakawa Technical Institute from where he did marketing.
In an interview with this publication in 2012, Ndawula said his hobbies centered around radio presenting and deejaying, which shaped his future.
“As a kid my idea of fun centered around basketball, swimming, music and I loved to read. I collected comic books and novels from friends after all we used to ‘having standard books that everyone or at least most of us in class should have read. This upbringing impacted me because in my work setting I have to do research and be knowledgeable, thankfully , it all started when I was a kid,” he said.