“We thank the Almighty God for her time here with us, for her music, and for her efforts towards social prosperity and harmony. While we will miss her dearly, memories of her will remain with us forever. The family kindly requests your support during this trying time,” reads a statement sent to press by the spokesperson of Achieng Abura’s family, Sandra Owiti, on Friday, October 21.
Achieng Abura’s close friend and former Tusker Project Fame judge Hellen Mtawali has exclusively recounted to eDaily her (Ms Mtawali’s) last conversation with the late Afro-Fusion star, which took place recently.“She (Ms Abura) told me she was not well and she was crying. She told me she needed KSh50, 000 to be admitted in hospital. Then I gave her what I could for that moment; then told her I’d get back to her. On my birthday I was going to celebrate with Buruburu Girls High School students; so financially, I had committed to Buruburu; but usually I would get back to her. She would not call me that much because she said I have too many mouths to feed,” Principal Mtawali recounted.
“But whenever I saw her ringing my phone I knew: ‘Wooo get money Prince (Ms Abura’s son) is in bad shape’. This time she told me she was the one sick…and I knew as soon as I was done with Buruburu Girls, we would talk. Then I didn’t hear from her. I assumed she must have gotten better. Only to hear now on social media that she passed away. I called immediately I saw the first note and too late her house help said it was true,” Ms Mtawali said amid sadness.
Principal Hellen Mtwali describes Achieng Abura as a “warrior, who was humble and well-read”.
“She sang a song called the Spirit of a Warrior. She is a warrior. Achieng believed in herself. We have lost a true songstress, a mentor, a comic, smart intelligent, well read, humble, African queen,” Mtawali said.