It is now over a year since Ugandan business man Ivan Semwanga died. Ivan left behind three children and a widow, Zari Hassan. The two had a life together for 12 years.
He died at at the ripe age of 39 years.
Ivan lived a life that many aspire to. One of his popular quotes include,
“No matter the circumstances never forget to live your life.”
Zari has a family get together to commemorate his one year anniversary.
“I know daddy is proud wherever he is…. look at you my big boys. Thanks for always popping in Ting Dis,” Zari said.
Here are photos from the get together.
Ivan’s second son, could not hold back as he penned a letter to his daddy. It is raw and authentic.
Raphy wrote, “We mature with the damage, not the years 🥀🌙. It’s been a year since you’ve passed away we all miss you a lot @ivandon we always pray for u “gone but never forgotten” hope your are resting in peace ❤️❤️❤️we love you.”
His brother, Quincy added, “ITS BEEN A YEAR SINCE YOU LEFT US DAD. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT BIG SPECIAL SMILE OF YOURS, YOUR CARING HEART, THE WARM HUGS YOU ALWAYS GAVE US. YOU BEING THERE FOR MOM AND US THROUGH GOOD AND BAD TIMES NO MATTER WHAT. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU DAD BECAUSE THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE TO REPLACE YOU IN MY HEART AND THE LOVE I WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER IVAN DON CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE.”
In a moving message, Zari has showered her late ex-husband with love.
“One year has passed since that sad day when you were called away. God took you home. It was his will, but in our hearts, you still live,” she wrote in part.
“I KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT WE NEVER LOSE PEOPLE WE LOVE TO DEATH.
THEY CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY ACT, THOUGHT, AND DECISION WE MAKE.
THEIR LOVE LEAVES AN INDELIBLE IMPRINT IN OUR MEMORIES.
I AND THE BOYS FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN ENRICHED BY HAVING SHARED YOUR LOVE. THOSE WE LOVE DON’T GO AWAY, THEY WALK BESIDE US EVERY DAY. UNSEEN, UNHEARD, BUT ALWAYS NEAR; STILL LOVED, AND WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED.
I KNOW YOU ARE SMILING DOWN FROM GOD’S GLORIOUS SKIES. REST IN PEACE DON”
Their fans also sent in their kind words for the family. Here are some that we sampled off of the comments section.
montesrrat_baxs: @lilq_is_bae just be strong baby, dad is always with you and we miss him too.
njerifaiza: Ooh my God! 😭😭😭 Who opened the bag of onions. I’m crying over here. It is well young man I am sure he’s watching over you and your brothers from heaven. I’m sure he is so proud of the young man you turning out to be. Make him even more prouder.
veromartins1: Thank God for your strong mother, no one can fill the vacuum but all shall be well.
rachelmakere9: Sorry baby, mum will take care of you and papa is an angel up there looking after you.
priscie_nimo: Can’t hold my tears😢😢😢 baby be strong, he has a special place in heaven cause God watched his heart of helping the less fortunate when he was here on earth. It is well. May he continue resting in peace. Hugs baby😍😍😍
liz_from_uganda: Ohhh sweetheart he loves you and no one can change that, cherish indeed the good times and bad. God bless you to show the world the best of him in you, the love he gave can never fade never remember that, and that’s what makes you strong. You know the foundation.
Kemigisa Teddy: Mummy of all seasons your doing a great job, may God bless and protect your family.