Death leaves a heartache no can heal and a gap no one can fill. Papa Shirandula’s death has affected many, not only his family but the many people he helped in life among them Wilbroda.
Jackline Nyaminde aka Wilbroda, who acted as Charles Bukeko’s wife in TV series Papa Shirandula was hit hard by his death. The mother of one has been grieving her friend and she has penned a tribute, remembering the last days they shared together.
Today I pay tribute to my late friend, my on-screen partner, my mentor, my neighbour, my son’s uncle.
A week ago on a day like this, at a time like this, I received a call that will stay on my mind for a long time to come.
I stood at the supermarket dumbstruck, unable to move. My heart sank.
I went to my car and cried out loud ‘Papa what have you done! What have you done!’
We had such big plans for the future of entertainment. We had even started shooting our production just 2 weeks before. And what an amazing time we had on set!
You were so happy, excited, optimistic…
These past 3 months we grew so close. We sat together, created together, ate together, laughed together. Nothing could have possibly prepared me for your death. We were sure we had lots of days, years together.
I have never felt so deceived, so cheated..You bailed out just like that…I saw you on Wednesday and we spoke. My son saw you on Friday evening and you spoke. And on Saturday morning you were gone. I’ve been hit before but this hit me hard.
Thank you Paps for seeing in me that which I hadn’t seen in myself and for giving me a chance…Safiri salama,’ hertbroken Wilbroda wrote.
She went ahead to share a quote by Chuck Palahniuk, which says,
We all die. The goal is not to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.
Eulogizing Papa Shirandula during his burial, Wilbroda left mourners in tears after paying a glowing tribute.
‘I WAS PAPA’S SECOND WIFE AND HIS LEGAL WIFE KNEW THAT. HIS DEATH HAS SHOCKED ME A LOT, HE WAS NOT JUST A WORKMATE BUT ALSO A FRIEND AND A NEIGHBOUR. THIS PAST WEEK WE MET SEVERAL TIMES ON MY WAY TO WORK AND WE WOULD CHAT TILL I ALMOST GOT LATE FOR WORK. IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME FOR ME TO ACCEPT HE HAS LEFT,’ she said.
Fans of Wilbroda have sent positive vibes her way and below are some of their messages,
tinakaggia So sorry sis. You’re the first person that came to mind when I heard what happened..I pray for his family, colleagues, friends and fans. ❤️
burale1 It is well
jackyvike Yani two weeks before his death… its like he brought us together to say bye, Eh! These last days with him I’ll hold them dearly! It is well, we have each other 😔💔❤️
chris001ke Pole Sana Awooo, May papa rest well
wanja_tajiri Am deeply sorry for your hurt. May God surround you with peace during this time.
nancynikitah Life is too short, papa was full of life even if you were sad you find yourself laughing while watching his comedy, rest in peace.
kades_kadz Amen. My condolences dear. And may the good Lord receive paps well
everlynepeter It is well with our God🙏
caroltheartem It’s still painful haki
kadacyiah Continue resting papa as your legacy lives…to Him we belong and unto Him we shall return
fteyba Forever in our heart 😘
maureenakinyi024 So touching my dear Willbroda😧 take ❤❤
lokononmargaret Rest on well Champ😢❤️