Hundreds of mourners on Tuesday made their way to Watoto Church in Kampala to pay their last respects to one of Uganda’s best creative advertising experts Thomas Walusimbi Kulwawo.
Kulwawo died on Sunday 15th March 2020 in a car crush in Naalya, a Kampala suburb.
Addressing the mourners at the Requiem mass, Daniel Ogong, the head of marketing and Communications at Stanbic Bank described the deceased as a brother, confidant and mentor not only to him but also many more.
“We have lost a man we have lived to learn from and respect in the marketing fraternity. We have lost one of the greatest minds,” he said.
Vivian Kityo, the deceased’s Aunt described the late Walusimbi as a much respectful individual.
“He was taller than me but he always bowed down whenever he was greeting me.”
Marsha Nyonyozi Walusimbi, the widow described her late husband as a provider and protector who at all times cared, protected and provided for his family.
The two first met when Nyonyozi was in her senior six vacation 22 years ago and that was the beginning of a lifelong relationship that lasted until Sunday 15th 2020 when Walusimbi breathed his last.
The deceased has left three children (two girls and one boy).
Nyonyozi who referred to her late husband as Tom (Thomas) looked after his three children despite the absence of a house help at home.
On Saturday just a day before he died, she said, the two had a long conversation in which she applauded him for wholeheartedly and tirelessly providing for her and the children. It would be their last conversation.
“May be God wanted me to verbalize what I felt. Things of God are hidden from us.”
She termed her husband as an encourager uplifter, father, brother and a great teacher.
The eldest son Liam Bijjugo who referred to his late father as “Papa” couldn’t find enough words to describe his father and only said, “now Papa is gone, God have mercy. We will live to see our dreams come true.”
Walusimbi was a creative director/ founder of the live works and Deputy Secretary General of Uganda Advertising Association.
He had over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and creative advertising in Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda.
He was part of the creative team that won a creative award for Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG), ‘one love’ campaign – a behavioral change campaign on AIDS.
Some of the brands he created include Dfcu Bank Limited, Pepsi and Mirinda Uganda Breweries’ “Don’t drink and drive” campaign among others.
He was born on July 16th 1977 to Samuel Sengendo and Sarah Catherine Nakiwala and has died at the age of 43.
He attended Kololo primary school, Kitante Hill secondary school and later Kyambogo University for his bachelors.
He has left three children (two girls and one boy), the eldest Liam Bijjugo who was born in 2008, Meira Nalumansi the second was born in 2011 and the last Netanya Nanteza was born in 2016.