Veteran radio presenter Alex Ndawula dies at 59

Veteran radio presenter, Alex Ndawula. PHOTO/ COURTESY  

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 swept in by the early 90s liberalization is said to have died Monday evening at Nsambya hospital in Kampala at the age of 59.

Capital FM's producer and news anchor, Patricia Osman, confirmed Ndawula's death Monday evening.

"A  legend has gone to sleep. Rest in Peace Radio Legend. Sleep well. We shall forever celebrate you  Alexander Ndawula," she wrote on social media.

He retired from Capital FM in May 2017 after over 20 years of service.

Legend eulogised 

He’s been eulogized by his former work colleagues, friends and other Ugandans who grew up listening to his shows as a true legend.

“A true legend has signed out. He set the FM waves on fire in the morning and even more, during his Dance Force mixes. At the peak of FM radio, the dance weekend space belonged to Alex Ndawula. Fare thee well Alex Ndawula,” Allan Ssenyonga tweeted.
“Rest in Peace Radio Legendary Alex Ndawula. You paved a way for many. Rest in Power” tweeted TV presenter, Douglas Lwanga.

To Allan Tashobya, Ndawula was "A unique voice, legend, and one of the larger-than-life Media Personalities on Capital FM Uganda who made us fall in love with this whole thing we now call a career."
 

Relocating from United States to Uganda 

Born in New York in the United States in 1963, Ndawula relocated to Uganda when his father passed on when he was only eight years.
Ndawula would later join St.Mary’s College Kisubi but one year  later went to Nairobi, then Namasagali for  his  high school and finally 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 and this shaped his future.
“My idea of fun as a child centered on playing basketball, swimming, playing music and I loved to read. I would collect comics and novels from friends after all, we used to have standard books which everyone or at least most of us in class had to have read. This upbringing has had an impact on me because in my scope of work, I have to research and be well informed, fortunately, it all began when I was a child,” he said then.
 

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