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Daniel Nangalama & Martha Leah Nangalama – We made a great team. RIP Mzee

If my father had lived, on this day, January 26, 2020, he would be 81 years old. I have his birth certificate. 


Daniel Nangalama was born on or about January 26, 1939.  This is what the village chiefs said when we asked for a birth certificate. They said, it was about this time. Father could be younger or older but in our village, our elders know when every child was born.

The reason why our elders know in which year every child was born is because in our tribe, we name all the children born in that year after the most beloved relative who has died.

We are not named with our father’s or mother’s name as in most cultures. We are named after the beloved relative who died that year when you were born. All our elders know when every relative in the clan was born and when that relative died and then which children were born that year and what names they carry.  It helps to generate birth certificates when one needs them for a passport or visa or immigration. Easy Squeezy.

If father had not died on just before his he turned 61 years old, today he would be 81 years old. At age 60, he died far too young.

If father had lived to this day, today, he would be 81 years old. I would have spent all day on the phone with him telling him about the global things which are happening, telling him about how his grand children are doing, telling him about how his grand sons are stubborn in Canada (he has 3 grand sons) and I would be asking him why Natasha is the spitting image of him.

If father had lived to this day, he would be 81 years old. I would today have asked him why his grand children miss him so very terribly and keep saying “tell us about our grand father”.

If father had lived to this day, he would be 81 years old. I would tell him about the pile of snow we have got, the current world turmoil and the locusts, the locusts soon invading Uganda.

If father had lived to this day, today he would be 81 years old. I would tell him about the rubbish coming out of Uganda about our fake liberation. I would have told him how angry I feel about the deception of our thug regime about our “development” and the peace that no one now knows. I would have told him point blank that people are being killed daily in Uganda as men with guns roam all over Kampala and even in the country side shooting people at will. Ohhh. I would have told him about the Special Militarized Zone of Kampala.

I wonder if he knows. Because if he had lived to this day, he would be 81 years old. I would be telling him about the current Coronavirus and how I am scared to go out of the house.

If father had lived to this day, he would be only 81 years old. I would be telling him about how his grand daughters are stressed with school work in university, and how his other older grand daughters are struggling in Canada and USA. But most certainly, I would tell him about how his 3 grandsons in North America are doing. One is 8yrs old, another is 3yrs old and the littlest is 2yrs old.

Had my father been alive, I would be telling him that I am not happy about the upcoming elections. He would know. Because he would be 81 years old and at this age, he would be even more wiser than when he died at age 60. He would probably tell me to forget about Uganda politics and just care for my family in Canada. I am sure he would finish with “Ne mayi Leah, ukhebilila ingo tta / but my mother Leah, never forget home”.

Had my father lived to this day, he would be only a young age of 81. We would travel to see him. He would travel to see us. We would debate the most difficult topics in human life. We would discuss things that only a father and a daughter can discuss in peace. I prolly would tell him “Papa, they refuse to plant trees and they will keep getting buried by landslides”. I imagine he would say “why do you just not come and plant the go damn trees yourself since your people are too lazy and know nothing about deforestation or climate change”.

He would probably say “Talk is cheap. Walk the talk”.

Had my father lived, today he would only be 81 years old. He would be in the prime of wisdom and intelligence. I bet he would not allow me to be on Social Media to talk about him.

My father lives in me. I am the spitting walking image of my father. I miss my father every year that passes and the pain is so sweet because it reminds me of a profound love. Had my father lived, today, we would be celebrating his 81st birth day. I would probably fly home or he would fly to Canada and all the pain, confusion and hurt in the world, it would all just go away.

Had my father lived, today he would be 81 years old and I would also proudly post on Fakebook “Happy Birthday dad, I love you to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond and I love you infinity times infinity and double infinity”. Too bad you died so young. There was no medicine in the hospital.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
*** Daniel Nangalama’s daughter.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: January 26, 2020 at 07:47PM

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