Media personality Sheila Mwanyigha shared a heartfelt tribute to her late day on Mashujaa day.
This is probably the hardest week of the year for my family and I. After spending an evening visiting with my father while he was in hospital, the following morning I was holding his face and kissing his forehead and wondering why he was so cold and could someone bring him a blanket.Sheila shared
Dad was gone. How? Why?
“I will never say goodbye”, she sadly recalled the events during the time that her dad passed away.
I never said goodbye- not at that moment, not even as I left him for home after that hospital visit. We’d had the most wonderful conversation we had ever had and he was going to pull through. Thing is I never will say goodbye. Nope not ever.Sheila
Referring to her late dad Gideon Victor Mwanyigha as her hero, Sheila noted that her mother Agnes Wanjiru , together with her father, both served as officers in the Kenya Police Band.
Growing up in the hills of Taita, from a humble background, Dad watched his father go off to Burma with the Kings African Rifles as a medic, in a war many never understood. He had to step in and raise his siblings when his own mother died.Sheila
She fondly remembers her father as a musical genius, who played most instruments, he was so good at playing guitar. His talent opened doors for him at work in the Police Band, and also in the ad world where actual musicians created catchy jingles.
There was always music in the house, and this gift lives on in my brother Mark and I. Music will always be home for us.Sheila remarks
Music saw my father rise up the police force to become the Director of Music of the Kenya Police Band
Sheila talked about the many responsibilities, accolades received and achievements his dad had during his time of service.
With him conducting the band there was never a flat note. Oh no, not with Dad! He was also an Assistant Commissioner of Police and received recognition for his work, including a Head of State Commendation, an honor that not many police officers- or even civilians are accorded.Sheila proudly shared.
Today I wear my father’s service medals in celebration of an officer and a true gentleman. They rest on my heart with pride, while my Dad lives on in my heart in eternal love.
Dad, you and Mum are my Shujaas. You represent so many honest police officers who have served and who are serving Kenya with all that they have and all that they are.Sheila