No-one can prepare for such a time but it is those that have experienced it before that help you through it
By Quincy Kasese
Welcome this week to the Q-Cash column on Jit Television and Zimbabwe Digital Express.
Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. All my life I have wanted to be famous because I like the limelight.
Life can be beautiful and life can be heartbreaking. I would say I’ve lived a pretty much happy life as it should be. We are here on earth to be happy to do unto others as we would want them to do for us.
This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
I tragically lost my oldest sister Anna Kundai Gubettini Kasese earlier this month.
This is the closest person that I have had to experience the death of, and quite frankly there is probably nothing that changes your life more than the death of a loved one because it’s hard to imagine life without them.
Your leadership skills were soon evident as you took on the role of protector to me and Cleopatra as Mom and Dad did Gods work. It meant you had the added responsibility of making sure that on sports days we did not feel alone after all we had each other and that was all that mattered.
Anna was selfless and never ever complained about it. When I come to think about it, it’s as though she just lived for the betterment of us – her siblings.
Her love was unquestionable and fierce and in a Queen Nzinga manner, she portrayed an aptitude for protecting us.
Anna was the captain of the Avondale primary school athletics team. Both her and Cleopatra – her younger sister won countless trophies and broke records in the athletics field disciplines.
She was a natural-born athlete and true leader that showed feminism attributes from a very early age – by not only competing with boys but being better than them at whatever she did.
At the back of my head I’ve always known a day like this would come but nothing ever prepares you for the pain and affliction that follows.
No one can prepare for such a time but it is those that have experienced it before that help you through it.
And just like someone getting over addiction – one has to learn how to take life one day at a time.
You get to experience moments of normality and just when you think you are OK. Then it hits you again. One thing I know is that Anna would not want anything more than happiness in my life and if she were here she would say don’t you dare cry boy. Man up.
So I do try to man up and think of all the good things she meant to me and hence why I should succeed in whatever I do. I will do it in your memory I will make you proud because winning is in our blood.
We are not second place people. We are absolute winners Kings and Queens in all that we do. You were always so interested in our Royal ancestral lineage.
You even named yourself after Queen Nzinga Queen of the Ambundu Kingdoms of Ndongo and Matamba, located in present-day northern Angola where our grandfather Jonas Kasese came from.
Interestingly Queen Nzinga was born into the ruling family of Ndongo and received military and political training as a child, and she demonstrated an aptitude for defusing political crises as an ambassador to the Portuguese Empire.
My sister was a fun-loving peaceful human being who could light up a dull gathering with her charismatic presence,
She commanded attention without being dramatic and she went on to be a mental health nurse at Ealing Hospital where she studied at Thames Valley University.
She lived a rich dynamic life in Ealing West London, and this week so suddenly and without warning at a young age of 47 the lord recalled my sister to a higher calling, she lies right there with Jesus Christ.
Anna Kundai Gubettini Kasese gone, but not forgotten indeed not all heroes wear caps.
In high school Anna naturally was in the debate team and became a Junior Councilor representing Mabelreign High School I remember feeling so proud on Friday afternoons as they came out of the Town House chambers as politicians who wanted to change the status quo, including inequality and white oppression civil rights in Africa.
This was a topic she often spoke on and the notion that Jesus was white as is portrayed on most images of Christ would easily be quashed with her saying “Jesus was a black man from the Middle East with woolen hair” Indeed these were her beliefs she held dearly.
So that’s me this week. So stay tuned and catch me on radio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Touch Tomorrow.
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