When an artist, entertainer or someone of prominence and significance in our lives passes on, it stings. It might even hurt more than when we lose an actual blood relative because we somewhat feel an attachment, a closeness (even if it’s one-sided or not reciprocated) to these people. We feel that they speak and intervene on our behalf, that the trials we go through they know too well and most of all, these people represent our dreams; they represent that every one of us ordinary people actually has the ability to transform ourselves into something inconceivably big.
We’ve lost Philly Lutaya, Herman Basudde, Elly Wamala, Lucky Dube, Bob Marley and yesterday Sera of the Contagious fame. This comes less than a month after the death of Mr. X another young artist.
Sera was born Sarah Nampijja in Kampala, Uganda in 1991 which makes her 21 at the time of her death. A year ago, Sera was as ordinary as the rest of us until she released the hit Contagious feat Jeff Blaise. With the dancehall/riddims craze popular again in Kampala, it is no surprise the song was an instant hit. Contagious was one of the songs featured on the Pleasure riddim. Other popular songs are No retreat, No surrender by Demarco, Summer love, More life by Gyptian, among others. Sera had released other songs such as Fire and Sunrise and was signed to Swangz Avenue.
It is alleged that Sera was on her way from a burial in Masaka when she started experiencing acute stomach pains that resulted in vomiting that resulted in her collapse. She was then rushed to hospital where she stayed for 10 minutes before she passed. Speculations on the cause of death include; poisoning and a case of acute ulcers. Neither however has been confirmed as the cause of death.
This is a huge loss to family, friends, fans and the music industry as she was a very talented artist whose career was still on the rise.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.