June 2011 was the saddest and the most painful day for gospel singer Alice Kamande after she lost her dear father.
Gideon Kamande passed away after a terminal illness. He was also the father-in-law to singer-turned-producer and artiste manager Robert Kamanzi, aka R Kay, who is married to one of his daughters, Susan Kamande.
The Groove Award winner, who is also a dancer and a fashion designer, also makes jewellery and, over the years, she has proven to be one of the most talented and humble Kenyan artistes in the local music scene.
On June 18, Alice Kamande did not celebrate Father’s Day like everyone else whose father is still alive, but she jotted down a touching tribute, thanking her father for teaching her the most important things in life: “Words of wisdom, his presence, care and love and above all, teaching me the word of God.”
I’m ever grateful to God for having met and spend time with my dad Gideon when He was alive. He was my great strength and pillar.I can attest to this, that I am a product of a man who lived a selfless life and worked tireless to provide ,a true man of valour, but there’s one thing that im ever grateful to have acquired from him and it’s not wealth , it’s the words of wisdom, his presence ,care and love and above all teaching me the word of God . This is the man who led me to Chris ,when I was only 12years old.
Kamande went on to reveal that in that same month, it was the last time she had spent Father’s Day with her dad, but little did she know that it would be the last time.
The celebrated singer went on to reveal that despite the heartache of losing a father, she found solace knowing that he’s in heaven, looking down on her:
On a day like this (Father’s day) 2011 was the last time we celebrated Father’s day with him and a few days later ,went to be with the Lord. It was one of the most devastating time of my life . “A hero was never ment to die”.So I thought to myself. But since then my Father in heaven stepped up his game and took his role and remind me . That I will never leave you nor forsake you. I am the father to the fatherless and a husband to the widows. I know His word is true .
I salute all the dads who try, who fight so hard for their families like Worriors to instill discipline, good character, provide and become the priest to their homes.
You play a great role in our families and society at large.
We are who we are because of who you are ,you are great role models .God bless all the fathers and fathers to be. Much love.
Rest In Peace, Gideon Kamande.