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PROFILE: DJ Alex Ndawula, the pioneer of Radio Deejaying on Uganda’s Airwaves

Ndawula is greatly remembered for his time on Kampala’s popular radio stations starting with Sanyu FM in the early 90s before joining Kisementi-based Capital FM in 1994 until 2017 when he retired after over 20 years on the station’s airwaves.

Uganda’s longest-serving radio presenter DJ Alex Ndawula is no more. Ndawula died at the age of 59 at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala where he had been hospitalised since January with an undisclosed illness.

The gifted Radio Deejay is greatly remembered for his time on Kampala’s popular radio stations starting with Sanyu FM in the early 90s before joining Kisementi-based Capital FM in 1994 until 2017 when he retired after over 20 years on the station’s airwaves. He was famous for his programs ‘Dance Force’ and ‘Sundowner’.

His death was on Monday evening confirmed by his former colleague at Capital FM, Ms. Patricia Osman who tweeted thus; “A legend has gone to sleep. Rest in Peace Radio Legend. Sleep well. We shall forever celebrate you Alexander Ndawula.”

But Who is Alex Ndawula? Here are interesting facts you didn’t know about him

Biography

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.

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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 (Present-day MUBS) from where he did Marketing.

At MUBS, he held his first job at Kiss Foto Lab where he was in charge of photography and engraving. He later became a freelance designer – he used to deal in graphics and letterheads. He became a music presenter in 1993 with the advent of private FM radio stations in Kampala. At first, he worked at Sanyu F.M together with Chris Ireland – they were the only presenters. Rasta Rob joined them after 6 months.

He joined Capital F.M in 1994 and has been a presenter at that station since. At first, he did the morning show alone but was later joined by Irene Ochwo who left and Christine Mawadri was brought in. Zizinga was brought on board as the show’s comedian.

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He later presented the Dance Force and Sundowner on the same station where he ended his career.

Anyone who loves radio can easily remember Alex and his loud shows that formed a cult following among listeners. Before many of us knew anything about the English Premier League, Alex was screaming Manchester United on the airwaves and he is partly to blame for the premiership madness gripping the city today.

Ndaula retired in May 2017 after serving Capital FM for 20 years. The radio management organised him a farewell party at Capital FM gardens and rewarded him a Toyota Prado and a cash price of 30million as gratitude for the years he worked for the station.

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