Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among and her deputy, Thomas Tayebwa, have praised Alex Ndawula as a “true king” of radio in Uganda.
“Thank you for the memories, Alex Ndawula, the real king of radio. My condolences go out to your family, the media fraternity, and everyone you have touched with your golden voice. May your soul find eternal rest,” Among said.
According to Tayebwa, the dance strength show that Ndawula used to put on during his radio days left a mark on his heart during his youth and evokes great memories.
“Thank you for the good times, DJ Alex. I remember those days when I slept almost every Saturday night in our banana plantation because it was the only place I could get Capital FM (signal) to listen to Dance Force in Bitereko. You have brought Kampala closer to us. Rest in peace legend,” Tayebwa said.
Ndawula commonly known as DJ Alex died Monday at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala. He was 59 years old.
DJ Alex retired from Capital FM, which he joined in April 1994, in May 2017.
Former Capital FM colleagues, DJs and media personalities have described DJ Alex as a “legend” who shaped the radio industry and paved the way for many radio presenters in the country.
“A legend has fallen asleep. Rest in peace radio legend. Sleep well. We will forever celebrate you Alexander Ndawula,” said Patricia Osman, a former colleague of Capital FM.
“Rest in peace to the legendary Alex Ndawula. You paved the way for many. Rest in power,” said Douglas Lwanga, a television presenter.
According to Vision Group former managing director, DJ Alex is “the greatest Ugandan radio personality of all time”.
BBC journalist Allan Kasujja also described DJ Alex as a “pioneer” and “an icon” who set the tone for the radio industry in the country.
“Probably the greatest, certainly the most real. An icon. A legend. A precursor! I celebrate you, Alex! Now and always! Thanks for the music. For inspiration. Keep calm man! I know the music will play wherever you are!said Kasujja.