After I read the text, I did not want to believe it straight away, so I rung up a friend I knew would know the details considering he works at Swangz Avenue, the label to which Sera was signed. The moment he spoke on the other line, I knew it was true dear Sera was gone. He spoke with heaviness in his voice as if he had been crying and when I asked what was wrong, he told me, "Sera is dead... We were traveling back from a burial in Masaka She had not eaten in a while and she complained saying her ulcers were starting up and causing her pain. We took her to a clinic and she was given some medication but then, on our way, she started puking blood. Blood was coming out of her ears, mouth and nose." It is at this point that I interjected and asked my friend if they were sure it was not Ebola (which is in Kampala as we speak and some other places outside Kampala) but he answered, "No. The symptoms were different. It is as if something in her body burst. My friends and I were trying to help her but we couldn't.... she died right in front of me--I helplessly watched her die." His voice broke ..... I cannot write more of what my friend said but he sounded devastated, who wouldn't be in such a situation? It is heart wrenching.
Sarah Nampijja a.k.a Sera was a 22-year-old budding singer and had hits to her name in just a year, such as: Sunrise, Contagious in which she featured along side Jeff Blaise, Delivered, and her latest song titled Fire. Her music career was on the rise, it is terrible that we have lost such young strong talent. There is a link to one of her music videos below.
My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends and everyone at Swangz Avenue in Muyenga. We shall miss you Sera, may your soul rest in eternal peace. The Vigil is going to be at her parents' home in Nansana and the funeral service is on Thursday 2nd August 2012 at Christ The King Church at 9am.
"To comfort others does not necessitate that we remove someone's pain but that we move alongside the one who is suffering and say: You are not alone. I am with you. Together we can carry this burden."-Henri Nouwen