Mourning a loved one never gets easy, and gospel music icon Esther Wahome is still dealing with the loss of her dad, Evangelist William Wahome Gikonyo.

It has been a year since he passed on and Esther describes the pain as “unbearable”. Paying her tribute days after his death, she wrote on her social media,

“I’m grateful to have spoken to you in your last minute, to have been there holding you, and to have had you pass on a mantle to me, before you crossed over.”

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Adding,

“You taught me the word, you taught me to be a prayer warrior, you made me understand my kingdom mandate, you taught me music, you taught me how to proclaim and possess all that is my portion, you taught me how to pull down strongholds, you taught me how to take charge! You taught me resilience, You taught me kingdom mysteries, You raised a kingdom giant in me!!!”

On his one year anniversary, Esther penned a moving tribute to her late dad. She compiled a collage of her dad’s photos and made a video with Kambua’s hit Tutaonana as a soundtrack playing in the background.

“I will never forget the way he looked at me in the hospital with so much love minutes before he passed on. Throughout the year, I have shed tears almost daily sometimes smiling and other times with sadness as there is always something to remind me of him.”

She continued, “His absence was so intense at the beginning of the year when I had to leave for a music tour in Europe and he wasn’t there to pray for me, speak words of favour and dedicate my mission as was his norm. Not to mention his absence in my doctorate graduation ceremony that he had really looked forward to and which took place 4 months after his death.”

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Esther reminisced,

“Things can never be the same without him and I will never get over my dad but I have received grace from God to live without him, and so it is not as painful as it was then… I am not healed at all but I am progressing well.

 

 
 
 
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Today Marks the most painful day of my life when I lost My music mentor,my spiritual cover, my ministry guide,my cheerleader, my prophet, my greatest fan,my loving dad,all this in one man. I will never forget the way he looked at me in hospital with so much love minutes before he passed on. throughout the year I have shed tears almost daily sometimes smiling and other times with sadness as there is always something to remind me of him His absence was so intense at the beginning of the year when I had to leave for a music tour in Europe and he wasn’t there to pray for me,speak words of favour and dedicate my mission as was his norm.Not to mention his absence in my doctorate graduation ceremony that he had really looked forward to and which took place 4 months after his death. Things can never be the same without him and I will never get over my dad but I have received grace from God to live without him,and so it is not as painful as it was then…iam not healed at all but iam progressing well. It was so difficult compiling photos of him and I during his last days as he was ailing and physically weak,but his voice remained clear as he kept assuring me of God’s greatness and love. generals don’t die…they only rest,but I miss my dad so much. continue singing with angels,great pianist, great Evangelist, great dad. in loving memory of Baba Esther Wahome EV. William Wahome Gikonyo (background song TUTAONANA TENA by KAMBUA)

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It was so difficult compiling photos of him and me during his last days as he was ailing and physically weak, but his voice remained clear as he kept assuring me of God’s greatness and love.”

She concluded, “Generals don’t die…they only rest, but I miss my dad so much.
continue singing with angels, great pianist, great Evangelist, great dad.
in loving memory of Baba Esther Wahome.”

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